State House endorses police probe into CHRR offices attack

State House has told the police to take up its rightful role in investigating an incident at the offices of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), one of the civil society organisations (CSOs) headquartered in Lilongwe, last week where five unknown thugs severely beat up a security guard before attempting to petrol-bomb the premises,  which has drawn condemnation from international rights bodies.

Bamusi: Police should nip the violence in the bud

Presidential advisor on civil society organisations, Mabvuto Bamusi said this after United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) launched a stinging attack on the government for its failure to protect human rights activists and women politicians following the ruling party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets attacks, harassment and intimidation.

Bamusi said soon after the attack on the CHRR offices of Mtambo, he met the civil rights activist.

“I met Mr. Mtambo soon after I heard about it and we discussed this issue. We have advised the police to take their rightful role to bring the perpetrators of this to book,” he said.

He claimed the DPP-led government does not condone violence, saying not only against civil rights activists but against any other Malawian.

Bamusi vehemently denied that the attacks were perpetrated by DPP youth cadets, notorious for beating up, attacking, harassing and intimidating those with dissenting political views against President Peter Mutharika and his DPP.

“These allegations are unfounded and baseless. We are now in a charged electoral environment people can say anything. President Mutharika is a democrat who always wants every Malawian to live peacefully,” he said.

However, Bamusi, a former civil rights activist himself, advised human rights actors to be apolitical, saying some of them work for some political parties.

He did not elaborate.

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LEGO
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You can only give a directive to the police after being put under pressure by the UN,OH shame.And as usual DPP led government cannot accept their wrong doings.If i may ask Bamusi,what action did DPP take on cadets who harassed and intimidated the legistrators during SONA in Lilongwe in full view of APM?So Mr Bamusi,stop fooling Malawians,as of now we are just waiting for election day to vote you out because enough is enough.You know the culprits,Mchacha is the master minder so what are the police waiting for?

time
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time

The president is not a peace loving person, it is because he is the one who has been saying more than once that he will be dropping tonnes of bricks on his opponents. Is that a peaceful message? How can someone survive whose only weight is 70kg and received a 1,000kg of bricks? What can a cadet do is to do what adad akunena?

Hard Truth
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Hard Truth

Staged-up petrol bombing…….campaign period, timva zinthutu lol

James
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James

Malawians, let’s not be blinded by what state house says. Our police is as useless as DPP cadets. Do not forget the cadets were at it again in the National Assembly when APM was addressing the national. Ask Bamusi, Joze and Mwapasa what has happened to those cadets? Our police is just another arm of DPP – a terrorist organization. BUT THEIR DAYS ARE NUMBERED GOD WILL NOT LET MALAWIANS KEEP ON SUFFERING IN THEIR OWN LAND.

Lilian Kaunda
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Lilian Kaunda

Bamusi is better placed to know the inner stupid things that CSOs do to tarnish the image of government because he was once one of them. Most of these are stagemanaged to hoodwink donors to give more donation and give an impression that things are not right.

LEGO
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What about the harassment of some MPs in Lilongwe by DPP Cadets full view your President,was it also a staged harassment?Some of these things you shouldn’t be just talking because you support DPP,with this mind sat we shall never prosper in our country.When something is wrong we must not just be hand crappers,we must take a bold decision to denounce it.We all know how the Malawian Police works,they are not professionals,they always shield people from the ruling party even if they kill someone.Had it been this torching happened to a member from the ruling party they could have acted long… Read more »

Tonofbricks
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Tonofbricks

Mr Bamusi, it’s good to call upon the police to investigate. But you can’t say it’s not DPP cadets. Do you know all the Cadets in Malawi yourself? Don’t rule out anything, just let police do their job

Central
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Central

Why should state house dictate the police?

So the key message Bamusi would like us to take home is that they dictate the actions of the police service!! Bamusi you mean the “police will now act because they are now instructed?.” Kadadzela asked for evidence, does the State House have any and have provided it? So in reverse this means the police did not do anything on the cases that happened before [this case] because the state house remained “mute”? Mxiiiiiiiiiiiii

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Kodi ma CSO ngati akufunsa bwanji APM walandira K145 million ndiye kuti akutumikira chipani? And ndiye kuti wachipani naye akafunsa zomwezo za K145 million mumakaotcha nyumba ya wa chipaniyo? Izi ndikufunsa coz nthawi zonse boma likamapondereza anthu ake ma CSO akamalidzudzula achina Mchacha ndi achina Bamusi awo amayamba kulalata kuti ma CSO ayambe chipani akakumane kuchisankho izi ndizankutu zedi.

Kalvin kaliwamba
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Kalvin kaliwamba

Palibe chomwe chingachitike apa,ndipo iweyo Bamusi usatipusitsepo apa ayi.Zomwe ikuchita DPP zomati ikaluma nkuwuzilira tikudziwa ndipo chilichonse chimene akumachita ma youth cadets a DPP police ikumakhala yopanda ntchito ndipo zikumathera kuti tikufufuza chifukwa police panopa ndi ya DPP.

aaron mwala
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aaron mwala

a suspected criminal offence has happened, that is the job of the police to investigate. regardless of what state house thinks or says, thats the rule of law. What has this got to do with state house.

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