MHRC Undertakes Holistic Approach in Bvumbwe Probe

29 residents are still answering arson charges for allegedly setting alight Bvumbwe Police Unit 29 residents are still answering arson charges for allegedly setting alight Bvumbwe Police Unit - internet pic

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) says it has taken a holistic approach in its investigations to establish the root cause of what led to the death of two people at Bvumbwe Police Unit where angry communities clashed with police.

Last month, MHRC instituted a probe into the matter which led to the loss of two lives at Bvumbwe as it borders on violation of human rights.

One man reportedly died in police custody while another was shot when police fired live ammunitions at the angry residents that set alight the police unit.

MHRC Spokesperson, Kate Kujaliwa, has told Zodiak on Monday, the Commission is still engaging various stakeholders in the inquest so as to unearth systematic issues which will also form part of the measures to deal with the criminal activities and human rights violations in the area.

Kujaliwa, without stating the time frame for the report to be out said "the Commission has taken the holistic approach in the matter because it is not the first time for the incident to happen at Bvumbwe."

"Every time this happen, you see there is an increase in criminal activities including the human rights violations in the area. So, because the police station is closed, people cannot be assisted. These issues are greater than what we see," she said.

Meanwhile, District Chairperson for Citizen Alliance, Charles Chijere Chirwa, has called upon the Commission to work with speed and also engage relevant stakeholders so that the report findings are objective.

"The report should not be bias. It should look into the real issues that happened. Bvumbwe Trading Centre has Traditional Leaders, the MHRC should refer to the traditional leaders so that they can have the basis of what happened," Chijejere said.

Currently, 29 residents are still answering arson charges for allegedly setting alight Bvumbwe Police Unit.

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