Malawi Police on Tuesday showed the ugly side of their profession when they roughed-up and arrested Times Group journalist, Archibald Kasakura, as he was taking pictures of law-enforcers chasing street vendors in Limbe town.
The law-enforcers are jointly with Blantyre City Council removing vendors from city streets.
Kasakura, who was detained at Limbe police, was granted bail after his media company’s lawyer Innocent Kalua intervened on the matter.
He has sustained some bruises and swollen face as the police officers pounced on him for taking pictures.
According to Kalua, the journalist has been charged with “obstructing a police officer on duty”.
The Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) has since condemned the action by the Malawi Police and has promised to get to the bottom of the matter.
“This is an uncalled for. We expect the police to be a reformed service and protect the society and the members of the media in their line of duty,” said Anthony Kasunda Misa chairperson.
“Beating up reporters and treating them as criminals is barbaric, retrogressive and defeats the spirit of a reformed Police. We would like to remind the Police that mutual respect and a spirit of partnership between the Police and the media is the only way that Malawi can develop and promote peace and security.”
Kasunda says the media is not an enemy of the State or the Police but a partner in development.
Recently, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) expressed anger over the manner in which police used brutal force in administrative capital Lilongwe when they manhandled and beat up an employee of the institution for allegedly taking pictures of the law enforcers on Friday.
The victim, identified as Mayeso Kanyowile, was severely beaten in full view of other employees despite appealing for mercy.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :