5 October 2018

Malawi Police IG Promises to Probe All Political Violence

Inspector General (IG) of Malawi police Rodney Jose has promised political party leaders that the law enforcers would investigate all political violence leading up to May 21 2019 Tripartite elections.

Jose made the promise on Thursday in Lilongwe when he met political party representatives under the Centre for Multiparty Democracy.

"We will ensure that all political violence is investigated and come to a conclusion," said Jose, calming the situation down as opposition leaders were up against the chief cop for his failure to order the investigations and make conclusions to the ever political violence blamed mostly on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

"Sometimes there are delays because we do not have the leads, people should always come forward to give us hints and clues on the political violence, on perpetrators of political violence," he said.

Jose said sometimes the police fail to deal with party zealots because of the power they wield.

"I recall one incident when one officer, a commissioner [pf police level] for that matter, was attacked while in uniform and in broad dalylight at a political party function in the North," said Jose.

Chairman of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) KhwauliMsiska (DPP) said political parties should desist from using young people for political violence.

"We want the young people in political parties to be responsible, they should promote democracy," he said.

The opposition political party representatives accused the police of failure to act on political violence perpetrated by the DPP as the president of the party Peter Mutharika is also the commander in chief of the armed forces which include the police.

The police are yet to investigate the beating of a Times photographer and harassment of members of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) during the state of the nation address by Mutharika at parliament building in Lilongwe.

The photographer and the UTM members were roughed up by the DPP cadets, the youth wing of the ruling party.

The DPP cadets are also blamed for the torching of two vehicles in Mangochi, one belonging to the UTM and another one belonging to a member of parliament who belongs to the movement.

Recently, the cadets were also blamed for the torching of the offices of human rights activist Timothy Mtambo in Lilongwe.

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