A Mzuzu based senior Police officer who made headlines in Malawi by claiming that he was ‘seriously’ beaten during the last July nationwide demonstrations failed to tell his story to the July 20 Presidential Commission of Inquiry.
The July 20 Commission of Inquiry has been sitting in Mzuzu to get testimonies from the public on what transpired during that day, specifically trying to find out what lead to the looting and arson and the subsequent death of nine people.
People were curious to hear how a Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, who on that day had a team of trigger happy officers , could sustain ‘injuries’ from punches from a pen-wielding unarmed journalist, who was not even part the demonstrators.
Northern Region Police Operations Officer Isaac Maluwa skipped his perceived story which he trumpeted to his masters and led to the arrest of a Nyasa Times online journalist Collins Mtika and other people.
But Maluwa was a disappointment. He spoke in general about many Police Officers getting injured on that day and not him.
“I was one of the Planners (security wise) for the July 20th demonstrations and I had my team as well,” he said.
The court later discharged the Nyasa Times journalist because the Police failed to press charges on such a serious matter.
It later transpired that DPP Nkhata Bay Central MP and Minister of Youth Simon Vuwa Kaunda had paid Maluwa to concoct his story to discredit Nyasa Times online because it was giving him “negative publicity.”