Politicians and civil society groups in the country continue to put pressure on Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama to fire police officers seen in social media video clip slapping and insulting unarmed young girls.
The clip shows the three girls standing in fear when the violent police officers come and one of them slaps one of the girls and orders them to sit down.
Centre for Human Rights, Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) executive director Victor Mhango said Kachama must fire the police officers caught in the video clip to send a strong message to others.
He said the police officers are supposed to protect lives and property of people not harassing them.
“We have noted that there are thugs in the police masquarading as police officers. They feel the uniform is the licence to kill. DfID pumped in a lot of money for reforms but this was just a waste of the British tax payers money,” said Mhango.
He said it was disheartening that the police officers are beating tax payers who contribute to their monthly salary.
“Malawi is slowly becoming a police state. Malawi is a democracy and this must stop,” he said.
He said the police officers should be taken to court as individuals be told to pay compensation to the an unarmed young girls.
Peoples Party publicist Ken Msonda concurred with Mhango that the said police officers should face the axe.
“The police Inspector General should discipline these overzealous police officers,” Msonda said.