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Police owe us an explanation

With Tsibweni Chalo:

Mdzukulu, a wolf had been prowling around a flock of sheep for a long time and the shepherd watched very anxiously to prevent it from carrying off a lamb. But the wolf did not try to do any harm.

Instead, it seemed to be helping the shepherd take care of the sheep. At last, the shepherd got so used to seeing the wolf about that he forgot how wicked it could be.

One day, he even went so far as to leave his flock in the wolf’s care while he went on an errand. But when he came back and saw how many of the flock had been killed and carried off, he knew how foolish to trust a wolf.

Once a wolf, always a wolf Mdzukulu, Malawi is 26 years into multiparty democracy and the key question is whether the reality on the ground reflects a nation that is more than two decades old in pluralism.

Twenty-six years is more than enough time for one to do a fair assessment of the country’s systems’ performance.

In fact, mdzukulu, studies in human psychology show that, as a person grows up, there are some physical changes in an individual that, result a decrease in some hormones, eventually, among others, leading into an increase a wisdom.

Analogically, Malawi should, therefore, be in a better position to analyse that factors that are affecting its life, solve its problems and improve its cognitive performance.

Have the country’s organs achieved anything as a nation in 26 years of democracy?

Honestly, the country is really trapped in primordial barbarity.

Mdzukulu, old folks have at all times said the inability to learn from mistakes is the single biggest cause for failure for an individual.

Mdzukulu, public sector reform remains a necessary and ongoing policy objective for many developing countries.

In the country, the reforms driven by Public Service Reforms Commission were done to overhaul government’s administrative system to better serve the needs of both government and the citizenry with improved delivery of public services to reduce poverty, improve livelihoods and sustain good governance.

The reform pillars, Mdzukulu, they said, were macroeconomic and structural reforms, institutional and governance reforms and civil service reforms.

This is the reason the public celebrated when it heard that the country’s police is undertaking reforms to be in sync with other democracies when delivering its services.

But scores of police brutal incidences the country has registered since the police reforms are a clear evidence that the much-talked-about transformation was just another talk show.

The latest police exhibition of undemocratic behaviour is the revelation in a forensic autopsy issued by an independent pathologist Charles Dzamalala Tuesday that shows that Buleya Lule, a suspect in the abduction of a boy with albinism, died from electrocution.

This is in contrast to an earlier autopsy commissioned by Malawi Police Service (MPS) which claimed that Lule had died of natural causes.

The report does not point at MPS as being responsible for the electrocution. However, Mdzukulu, the obvious fact is that Lule died in their hands.

Mdzukulu, therefore, Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi is justified to demand immediate action from Police Inspector General Rodney Jose.

The law-enforcing body, indeed, owes the country an explanation.

MPS’ officers who were in charge on the night of Lule’s death should answer charges.

MPS must also be urged to strictly act within their legal authority and defend the rights which they are meant to protect.

Mdzukulu, the country’s police must not continue to be oblivious to the fact that we are in democracy which emphasises human rights.

It is high the country’s police were really reformed.

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