Police to scrutinize MHRC report

The office of Inspector General (IG) of Malawi Police Service (MPS) has finally admitted receiving an enquiry report from Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on the alleged human rights violations by some police officers who were deployed in Msundwe, Mpingu and M’bwatalika, in Lilongwe, on 8th October, 2019.

MPS said this through a press statement issued on Tuesday, December 23, and signed by its national spokesperson, Senior Superintendent, James Kadadzera.

The police statement follows an investigation report released by MHRC on December 18, which established that police officers raped 13 women, defiled one girl and sexually assaulted three under-18 girls in an October 8 operation.

The police statement said the IG’s office will study the report and take appropriate action in accordance with recommendations made.

Meanwhile the statement has revealed that MPS has recorded statements from the alleged 17 victims and all the cases on the complaints have been opened.

Reads part of the statement: “The service also instituted its own enquiry to find out the circumstances leading to the same allegations and the report will come out soon and the nation will be updated accordingly.”

MPS has further assured the nation that it does not condone any form of human rights violations and will deal with any police officer involved in the act.

MHRC conducted the investigations to identify human rights violations and to facilitate access to justice and legal remedies of the survivors of the human rights violations and   recommended that the acting IG of Police, Duncain Mwapasa, should institute criminal investigations into the matter.

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