Police ‘shoot-to-kill’ two criminals in Mzuzu

Malawi Police Service (MPS) in Mzuzu  on Sunday killed two suspected  criminals with live bullets.

Northern region deputy police spokesperson Maurice Chapola told Nyasa Times that the incident occurred during the night hours at Zolozolo area in the city.

According to Chapola, the two were the most wanted criminals who have been terrorising the city.

The police mouth piece however said the law enforcers wanted to disable the two and not killing as they were running.

Chapol, who shielded the particulars of the deceased, said their bodies are at Mzuzu central hospital’s mortuary.

“I can confirm the death of two crimals and there bodies are at the mortuary at Mzuzu central hospital. That is the only information I can provide as of now,” said Chapola.

Former president, Bingu wa Mutharika introduced a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy at a time widespread armed robberies threatened investors. However, the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it had no intentions to reintroduce the policy.

A source in police said  despite that  there is no ‘shoot-to-kill policy’, officers are forced to act according to circumstances.

Legal experts and social commentators have  condemned killings of suspected criminals by police, saying the so-called ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy is unlawful.

Mzuzu-based social commentator Jackson Msiska said instead of killing suspects, police should provide public safety and protect rights of all Malawians regardless of their status.

According to lawyers, although use of lethal force by police  is regulated by law, firearms should only be used to arrest anyone who attempts to evade lawful arrest or tries to escape from lawful custody.

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National CEO
National CEO
8 months ago

Thumbs up the police. Those who feel sorry for them are part of them.

Mtete
Mtete
8 months ago

How are you going to learn more about the other most wanted criminals if you kill the most likely witnesses? Don’t lie to us that you wanted to disable two people but accidentally killed them. This was deliberate.

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
8 months ago
Reply to  Mtete

Adzichita bwino. I hate our police because of the way they operate of late but killing agalu awa sanalakwitse

RECENTS
8 months ago

Where was Jane Ansah?

chataika
chataika
8 months ago

Shame on you the so called commentators! Kodi you just make comment for the sake of it without facts? Let those robbers come to your house and sweep everything and then with your comment later! It has been mentioned here by the PRO that the two were terrorising the city is this not enough for them to be disarmed and let alone they were running away whatelse did you expect police to do? Koma inu amalawi a mtima uwu si inu wofunika padzikoli kodi whatever police does basi cholakwika there is nothing that you point out kuti ichi chokha achita… Read more »

CHIPYELERO
CHIPYELERO
8 months ago

Good move!!! Please kill more of these hardcore criminals

Ndife
Ndife
8 months ago
Reply to  CHIPYELERO

Shoot the stupid commentator. He is one of the great criminals.

King mbatata
King mbatata
8 months ago
Reply to  CHIPYELERO

Kill all of them even those steal in the name of demonstrations

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