Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has started investigations into the killing of a polytechnic student – Blessings Nyondo.
Nyondo was allegedly shot multiple times on New Year’s Eve around Kwacha roundabout in Blantyre after he wrestled for a gun with the police officer.
The student was later rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where he reportedly died.
His family said he was shot while on his way to a crossover service but police claimed Nyondo was shot by a Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) security personnel.
According to the police, Nyondo was a robbery suspect and he also tried to snatch a gun from the police officer before being shot.
‘Some reports indicated that Blessings was shot by a police officer while other statements from the Malawi Police Service indicate that it was actually a security officer working for the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation that shot Blessings’, Executive Secretary at MHRC, Habiba Osman, said.
‘It is the desire of the commission that the truth be uncovered as who exactly pulled the trigger and what circumstances. At the end of the exercise, justice must be served’.
The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) in Malawi had demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the policeman that killed Nyondo.
HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence said in a statement that the coalition had information that Nyondo was a victim of the alleged robbery and was just seeking refuge in an MBC vehicle.
‘The official Malawi Police Service statement on circumstances surrounding the unwarranted and reckless shooting of Blessings does not only contradicts numerous testimonies from people who know Blessings but also how the Malawi Police Service eventually handled Blessings after the shooting’, Trapence said in a statement.
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