CDEDI's Namiwa Arrested For Illegal Assembly

Namiwa (in red) being dragged by the police Namiwa (in red) being dragged by the police

Police have arrested CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa for what they call an illegal assembly.

The law enforcers pounced on Namiwa about an hour after commencement of the CDEDI's organized vigil aimed at forcing the parliamentary leadership to explain to Malawians how the Loan Authorization Bill found its way on the order paper.

The uniformed police and some in civilian attire arrived in large numbers, before manhandling and bundling Namiwa in a vehicle, as well as dispersing the protesters.

When we spoke to the national police spokesperson James Kadadzera, he told us that he sees no problem in the manner Namiwa was arrested.

He said that ironically, they have arrested Namiwa because he went ahead to hold the vigil even without being granted permission.

However, a security expert Sherrif Kaisi has described the police's conduct as unfortunate, considering that they are trained to professionally handle such cases.

He added that professionally, the law enforcers should say reasons for an arrest unless the accused resists the arrest.

The Malawi Police Service's image was tainted especially after the 2019 tripartite election, which they are yet to restore.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 11/08/2021

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