Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

9 March 2014

Malawi: Dowa Police Advised to Be Proffessional

Dowa — Police prosecutors ,investigators and court magistrates in Dowa have been urged to exercise professionalism in the course of doing their duties mainly in matters concerning electoral related offences as the country gears up for May, 20 Tripartite Elections.

Dowa Police Station Officer Fyson Thawiha made the call at a Court Users Committee (CUC) held at the Boma on Friday.

He asked courts magistrates to speed up current electoral related offences during, before and after elections to teach a lesson to the would be offenders.

Thawiha said suspects gain confidence with the police and the court if their cases are treated fairly.

The station officer further asked the police investigators and prosecutors to bring tangible evidence in court of law for the police not to lose its integrity.

"Gather all evidence regardless party affiliations, without favour as this would bring in fair judgment, and reduce violence during the campaign period "said Thawiha.

Thawiha then applauded the cordial relationship which exists among the police officers, the courts and community policing forums in the district for this has led to a decrease in cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Dowa First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri said court judgment depends on the evidences that a witness testifies in the court of Law, saying the court can only provide fair judgment based on the evidences tendered in court.

"Complainants should know that they have a right to lodge a complaint and also a responsibility to provide evidence in the court of law. Most cases are delayed or not concluded because people don't want to testify in court. There has to be a sensitization campaign on this otherwise we shall continue to have more unfinished cases," said Phiri.

On his part, Dowa District Social Welfare Officer John Washali commended the police and the court in Dowa for working hand in hand with his office in juvenile cases despite of his office being hit by shortage of man power and capacity when it comes to probation officers.

Washali said the whole district currently has only two probation officers and that is why it is always hard for them to submit social reports in time.

He added that Child Care Protection and Justice Act needed a collective responsibility as most traditional leaders beingservice providers do not know their role.

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