Police sweep 77 over failure to wear face masks: IG says laws to be enforced

Malawi Police in Lilongwe and Limbe have arrested 77 people over failure to wear face masks as part of Covid-19 preventive measures.

IG Kainja’s fate Wednesday

However, with such high numbers of suspects in police cells, questions are being asked if the suspects are safe in police cells as well.

In Lilongwe, police have arrested 64 people for not wearing face masks in public and running businesses outside the required time.

The arrest followed a special police operation in the city meant to monitor how people are observing Covid19 prevention measures.

According to Foster Benjamin,  Deputy Public Relations Officer for Lilongwe police, the suspects did not put on face masks and that others are bar owners who opened bars before the ordered time.

Benjamin has since indicated that the suspects will appear before court tomorrow morning.

In a related development, police in Nkhotakota have also arrested a woman identified as Mecy Banda, for allegedly failing to comply with Covid-19 regulations.

It is said that, she was found  selling fresh fish beyond regulated time limit.

And when the woman was ordered to leave the market, she  disobeyed the order  claiming that she did not have anything to eat at her home.

She was then immediately arrested and brought to Nkhotakota Police Station.

Deputy Police Spokesperson for Nkhotakota Paul Malimwe, says the suspect will appear before court soon to answer a charge of failing to comply with covid 19 rules and regulations

She hails from Kachilamilandu village in the area of Traditional Authority Mbelwa in Mzimba district.

In Limbe, police have taken into custody 13 people for not  wearing face masks.

The suspects were arrested on Wednesday January 20, 2021 at around 2pm at Chigodi roadblock in Kachere along Limbe-Zomba road.

Police officers were deployed to work at the said roadblock, and in the course of their duty, they stopped a minibus which was coming from the direction of Chiradzulu.

When the officers searched the said minibus, they found the suspects without putting on facemasks.

They were immediately apprehended and taken to Limbe Police.

They have since been charged and will appear in court soon to answer the charge that has been leveled against them.

The suspects are; Dick Sayeye 20, Shadreck Chiyesa 22, Madalitso Douglas 20, Alex Kumwenda 32, Erick Chimpini 26, Paul Chikwanje 32, Goodson Boydd 39, White Milaji 24, Damiano Duncain 19, Mphatso Matebule 20, Evance Makwacha 38, Stanford Black 22 and Thomas Kalolo 38.

It has now been made mandatory for people to wear face masks in public, as one of the measures against the spread of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police George Kainja has vowed that the officers will ensure people adhere to measurers as gazzetted.

“Law enforcers will ensure that people are adhering to Covid-19 measurers,” he said.

Kainja said the citizenry has been sensitised on the measurers.

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Watch and pray
Watch and pray
1 month ago

For those who can Find Dr. Judy Mikovits Plague of Corruption Pdf or even Book. Well Documented masks don’t save. For those who can Find online a truther Documentary Plandemic 1 and 2 and stop putting faith in man who is fallible, errant and want to second guess nature. Masks are the ones which will cause more problems koma pitilizani kuvala till the demonic vaccines are unleashed by the corrupt leaders who know whats in them devil syringes. Ingredients which any normal person can not eat. Simple as that. But hey let the police harrass, brutalize people over the fakendemic.… Read more »

Kondwa
Kondwa
1 month ago

Lets take a leaf from Tanzania
,Your guess is what is on my mind

Kanjedza
Kanjedza
1 month ago

Health department issued guidelines on the specifications of the masks that should be worn, Can any one clarify as to who sells these kind of masks in Malawi. No one
It is better to fine Mk 500-00 and give a free mask and issue a receipt for Mk 200-00. Many countries the police are giving out free masks.

What happened to masksformalawi.org who solicited funds from well wishers to make 17 million masks, So far they have made only 4 million according to their website. Where have they given this 4 million,

Kondwa
Kondwa
1 month ago
Reply to  Kanjedza

Most not those in mask for Malawi are a bunch of greedy people

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
1 month ago

We are a very big joke. Some danderheads enacted this stupid proposition into law??????? Arrest as many as possible, lock them up, let them either transmit or catch the virus, ten they will pay the fine, will be released and go home to spread the virus. This is Malawi

NZERU NKUPANGWA
NZERU NKUPANGWA
1 month ago
Reply to  Chiswa B

We are a very strange society. Brainless dunderheads to say the least

Mavuto
Mavuto
1 month ago

Sometimes our police behave like headless chickens. Someone is alone in a car going and is stopped and asked to put on mask, he is alone for god’s sake.

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
1 month ago
Reply to  Mavuto

This is indeed total rubbish. Secondly, they arrest people either without masks or found doing business after 8pm, they are bundled in one van, still without masks, are they controlling covid or doing the opposite? This selfish and careless behavior must stop

Yuo
Yuo
1 month ago

I wish I had voted for Adadi.All my aspirations are washed away with this in case inconsiderate leadership.l

braveheart
1 month ago
Reply to  Yuo

Shame!

Banda
Banda
1 month ago

Stupid law that exposes citizens to holding cells or are retained overnight, Courts should be made available immediately or suspects released and made appear on set dates. Laws to protect citizens but does nothing but. Eish

Intercessor
Intercessor
1 month ago

Does the police have space to keep the 77. Let’s think outside the box in our enforcement agenda. This action is a super spreader of convid. Where have you kept them…cells

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
1 month ago

Nkhanza zija zayamba kuoneka. Kusamva

Mpakateni
1 month ago

K20,000 fine is a joke. Police is likely to arrest more. Raise it to K100,000 or three months imprisonment.

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