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Inspector General warns police officers

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Inspector General (IG) of Malawi Police Service (MPS), Lexten Kachama, has warned police officers against abusing human rights of suspects in the name of discharging duties.

The call comes at a time, when male police officers are accused of, at times, abusing rights of some people, including sex workers.

“Malawi Police Service will not condone any abuse. This is my warning: I don’t want to hear that officers were demanding sex from sex workers,” Kachama said.

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He made the remarks on Monday during the opening of a two-day training workshop organised by Theatre for a Change (TfaC) for police officers from various police stations in all regions of the country.

The workshop was organised to encourage the officers to uphold rights of vulnerable people, including sex workers.

“Anyone found with these cases will be dealt with and will face the law, as these things have so many negative impacts to the nation,” Kachama said.

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Director of Finance for TfaC, Wiseman Msimuko, said although they are not promoting sex work, sex workers are human beings and their human rights should be upheld.

He said the police have formed radio listening clubs throughout the country and through these clubs that police officers are expected to share knowledge on how they can protect people who are discriminated against.

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