MLS condemns states’ political interference

The Malawi Law Society has in strongest terms condemned the political interference of the state in the operations of the Malawi Police Service.

MLS’s chairperson, Burton Mhango said this through a statement following the arrest of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition leadership just after the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rally on Sunday.

Mhango said the sentiments made by president Peter Mutharika and other officials such as ordering the Malawi Police and the Malawi Defense Force to use force to stop HRDC from shutting down the State House, is an indication that the police does not operate independently and freely but rather it operates on the orders of top authorities.

The society has since condemned the act and has asked the police to release the two with immediate and execute their duties professionally and independently.

Read part of the statement: “The society maintains its position that all stakeholders should respect the judgement of the constitutional court on the presidential election case.”

“Individuals and stakeholders must give effect to the judgement responsibly and in accordance with the applicable laws to avoid any acts that may create room for interference in the implementation of the judgement.”

The society has since condemned the approach used by the democratic progressive party at its rally in Blantyre and has since called upon all political players to avoid seditious language as employed at the rally.

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