UK’s House of Commons open inquiry on Malawi

Britain’s committee on international development in the House of Commons has opened up an inquiry into the July 20 rallies in Malawi that left 20 people dead.

According to the House committee’s website, people both in Malawi and abroad are being asked to submit any evidence explaining what happened.

The inquiry will also look at the deportation of it’s top diplomat in April this year.

Police brutality during the protests

The killing of 20 unarmed civilians riled international activists and Malawi’s key donors.They are still demanding that President Bingu wa Mutharika investigates the killings.

The Malawi Human Rights Commission has so far identified 15 police officers who used live rounds to quell the unprecedented protests. It’s yet to release a report.

Meanwhile, a presidential commission of inquiry has started hearing testimony from police, rights groups and victims.

In Blantyre police admitted they used live bullets to stop the protests.

In the capital Lilongwe where more than four people were shot dead, the inquiry started on Monday and the Inspector General of Police is expected to appear before the commission.

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