By Chisomo Phiri
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-A Blantyre-based Malawi Liverpool Welcome Trust Pharmacist Loudon Silwamba has backed a motorist driver who on Monday 16, 2022 hit and severely injured three traffic police officers on duty along Masauko Chipembere Highway in Blantyre over misunderstanding on road rules and regulations.
In an interview with Maravi Post Silwamba said its now high time police officers could go flat chasing thieves rather than lining up themselves along the roads looking for vehicle speeders and drunkards.
Silwamba said police officers are service to Malawians and that they should not do push laws by a much force.
He said, police is a government institution and has to make money for the government not for corrupt police officers who bribe drivers.
“They should go and re-read the laws. They are not supposed to impound a driver’s license. It’s not theirs. Why should they charge someone because he is drunk and they leave him to continue driving ahead home after getting something?, What are they preventing?.
“Be aware, those you torture along the roads of Malawi are your neighbors you meet at Kamba, Biwi, Zolozolo drinking points, azakupangani chipongwe. Today’s Blantyre incident is a factual example. Go back to a drawing table and factualise,” said Silwamba.
The Pharmacist argued that it is not in the laws for a traffic police officer to confiscate a driver’s license since it not belongs to them.
He said Traffic Police officers should always look at intuitive Defecto laws, where personality matters and that they should understand that no person can drive along with stash of cash to pay them when a case is committed.
“Why should they be so aggressive on traffic offences when thieves are loitering scott free in locations. More so where they operate,” Silwamba questioned.
Police arrested driver identified as Clifford Henry Phomba in connection with case.
Phomba is expected to appear before the court and answer charges of malicious damage and acts intended to cause bodily harm for injuring the police officers