By Chrissy Nkumba
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has requested parliament to summon the Inspector General of Police (IG) over security lapses in the country.
In a letter made available to Maravi post signed by CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa claims that they have written the Police IG on the issues requesting for redress but no action is taken.
Issues concerning selective justice in granting bail to a section of people mainly linked to the government of the day – a case of the smuggled bill to parliament by Pastor Martin Thomu, the former special assistant to Chakwera; the arrest of a teacher at Luchenza Primary School followed by the throwing of teargas to primary school pupils who took to the street on the issue; the silencing of human rights activists: a case of Bon Kalindo and the numerous arrests of leaders of opposition parties have been highlighted in the letter.
Namiwa also laments on police brutality in handling people whose land was grabbed by estate owners in the districts of Thyolo and Mulanje plus the shooting of innocent residents of Bvumbwe.
The letter which has eleven bullet points has been addressed to Joyce Chitsulo Chairperson of Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of parliament.
PAC Chairperson, Joyce Chitsulo however says the committee will write Dr. Kainja asking him to respond to the issues and where necessary PAC would summon him.
Despite promising to ensure that the police gains its lost glory by among many others mending the sour relationship that existed between the law enforcers and the citizens, and improve the internal security in the country on his appointment, Kainja has done the contrary as security worsened with sporadic incidents of thefts with most targeting Catholic institutions.