Malawian woman to sue police

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A Blantyre based woman has sued Bangwe Police for what she believes was an unlawful arrest of her child.

The woman, Lucy Chidule said her 17 year old son Edgar Mabaluka was picked up by police last Monday when he went to buy medicine at a shop and was detained for a week.

Speaking with this publication, Chidule said she suspects Detective Phiri who is also head of CID at Bangwe police as the person behind the cruelty the boy faced.

She said she was told of her child’s whereabouts by his close friend on Wednesday and upon visiting the police she was denied the right to see her child.

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Police accused of a brutal arrest. (File)

She said: “I was alerted on Wednesday that my boy has been arrested. I stay at Banana and the boy stays around Mthandizi. But when I went to visit him at police I was denied access to see him. They said I didn’t bring any food.

“He is a minor and a school going kid but he was put together in a cell with convicts who were waiting to be transferred to prison. This is worrisome to me as a mother.”

Chidule added that the child was detained at Bangwe police and then jailed for three days at Limbe Police Station.

She said Mabaluka was denied his right to contact his parents for a total of two days, during which he was not given any food.

Chidule believes the authorities violated her constitutional rights to visit the child and that is why she is suing.

Information this publication has established shows that the boy was arrested on Monday.

The police however claims it was on Wednesday.

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  1. Anthu nonse amene mkuti polisi ndiyoipa ndinu osazindikira, timati boma ndi anthu nde anthuo alemba apolisi pakati pawo ndikuwaphunzisa pamapeto pake numati apolisi ndioipa pali nzeru,,,apolisio amachokera kuti?

  2. she jst blv wz unlawful, wi don’t kno de story bt busy commentng smting rude. Malawi Malawi Malawi & de story itself it happened in Blantyre posted from Lilongwe(?) ndatha ine Achinele kikiki kaya inu a Masanya Banda?

  3. we are missing some information here….. Did the reporter ask the police why the kid was arrested???? Otherwisee it is unlawful for a parent or guardian to be denied a chance to meet with the convict…… If the state will be sued here, I hope it will bring sanity and abit of proffessionalism on how our police have to handle their issues. Si onse apolice ndi mazoba……

  4. Apolice ndizitsulu ineso ndikukumbukila bwino last year apolice ammzinda wa mzuzu adandimenya mmsika kopanda chifukwa chenicheni,, ine ndidali nditangodula ticket yanga ya bus kuti ndikupita south Africa nde ndati a ndiguleko zina ndi zina msikamu nditangolowa msika patangotha 5minute msika ose udazungulidwa ndi asilikala a army komaso apolice adatseka zipata zose kuti anthu asalowe or kuluka mpaka tidadikila kwa 2hours akusecha mmsikamo,, ine poona kuti nthawi yakwana yoti bus inyamuke ndidamupemphe wapolice mmodzi kuti andilole ndi2luke making ana ndi vuto lomwe ndidali nalo koma mmalo mwake adandimenya kwambiri ngale ndidamulangiza ticket Wangao mpaka anthu ena adalolela kungwa mmavuto chifukwa chaine pomuukila wapoliceyo kufikila akuluakulu awo atava za phokosolo adabwela ndikufusa chomwe chavuta,, atava adamudzudzula wapoliceyo pomuuza kuti akadayenela kundilola kutulula ponena kuti zifukwa zanga zidali zoveka,,,,,,
    #WANING,,,,
    apolice ambiri akumalawi mukalembedwa tchito mumadzipatsa umulungu panokha ndipo mumaona ngati muli mphavu zopanga chilichose kwa zika za Malawi,,, koma 1day its 1day muzakumana nazo,,,,, dziwani mungatizuze motani malawi ndiwathu basi,,,,, stupite police

  5. This Story Is Lacking 5Ws,please Journalist Do Not Give People A Blankcheque. When Police Arrest Somebody,the Following Have To Be Followed ; Is Any Offence Be Committed? Who Committed That Offence And Where? Consequently Police Can Not Arrest Someone Without Establish Offence. Mind You, This Woman Though You Said Is Going To Sue The Police Of Unlawful Arrest But She Cannot Win That Based On Following. 1.A Boy Was Cuationed After His Arrest, Secondly He Spent Three Days In Police Custody In That He Was Under Investigation,police Have This Power And It Is Not Violention Of Human Rights, Am Not Lawyer But You Can Asks Any Lawyer.

    • u know nothing abt the laws. walemba ngat ozindikira bt there z nonses in ur writting. 1 has to b kept in custody not more than that b4 h/she b4 h knwz hs/hr offenc. plus the boy iz undr age h cnt b kept with dis prisonerz. u knw nothing wangowona kukhala nsilikali bt siwe ozindikira.

  6. i stll dont understand malawi24 reporter….i always check 4 ua post kma nthawi zonse ua stories r incomplete,why? Editor wanu mkumasangalala kut ntchito ikugwirika pamenepa….

  7. First: this woman has done a good job sewing the police. More Malawians should do this instead if force. Second: i think malawi should train there police better. They should know all the rules and their guidelines. Being a policeman shouldn’t be a way to escape being uneducated and poverty. They should take the job seriously.

  8. fucken malawian police instead of combating criminals there are busy aresting young boy!! for what charges plz malawi police wake up if u dont hav any job to do jst go to ur lespective companies and start maching or kapena in ur mum tongue KUMAKAGUBA PELETE!!! NANDIKWIYITSA KWAMBIRI

  9. sorry for the development Lucy but on the other hand i feel not comfortable with the mentioning of the names of this juvenile victim. it’s against media ethics according to my litle knowledge of broadcasting.

  10. Ndiposo akafere kundende komweko nonse amene mukumuikila kumbuyo mulindi.mwai poti mwanditalikila
    komabe ndichita kandu ponyerapanu nonse mukuikila kumbuyo mbava i abwaphini mumauluka

  11. Amene mukumuyikila kumbuyo mwanayi mulibe kanthu koti angakubeleni kaya munazolowela kuba mumangidwa muwona penaso ndi umbuli simukuziwa chomwe mukulankhula mukungoyenda ngati mbuzi malo mofufuza nkhani mumatukwana kuwonesa kupepela basi asatuluke

  12. mofireaaaaaaaaaaaa…..
    apolice yanu 2% okubayo potiwagwidwa yake 5% komaso mbava ndi mbava akakubelani muyamba kulila mukagwila aochedwe musiye makako ndamene angamupe apolice mungo panga yanu ija kaferekwako amene mukudananazo ndi inu makape okuba ndio pamoto zinsilu zoteratu

  13. Kodi masiku ano kuba kuli ndi size ndiye mwati arrested ni Bangwe jailed in Limbe koma kulembatu koti utenge mitima ya anthu za chamba basi walandira zambiri eti tiona ngati muwine mlandu umenewu

  14. go ahead lady,nobody is above the law.zikavuta tingothana ndi wapolisiyo ife pa mtengo wozizira, timukonze bac

  15. Anamugwira ndi mlandu waji ndipo inu mumagolemba nkhani zosaveka baseless masiku mwana ugamuikire kumboyo kumene amakhalako iwe umakhalako

  16. Police dont just arrest and if arrested there is a provision of free bail. Now what is the reason for the arrest of this young man? Did this lady seek the audience of the OIC of the station to seek clarification. I believe the young man committed a serious crime and may be a dangerous young man

  17. even the police are so keen to collecting revenue.akuti vakabu….an exercise whose main purpose is to leap from the arleady damaged pockets of ours…