The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has said it has launched investigations into the alleged police shooting of the Polytechnic Student the late Blessing Nyondo.

“Following media reports and the public outcry into the fatal shooting of a Polytechnic Student, Blessings Nyondo, by allegedly police and security officers on 31 December 2020 and subsequent death on 8 January 2020, the commission has commenced investigations into the same,” read part of the statement.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by MHRC Executive Secretary Habiba Osman said the Commission already started preliminary investigations before Nyondo died at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH).

“The public may also wish to note that when reports of the fatal shooting emerged, the commission decided to conduct a preliminary independent investigation into the matter,” the statement added.

MHRC has also asked the general public to usher in what they know regarding the matter for the Commission to come out with independent results.

According to police report, Nyondo as allegedly shot by a guard belonging to the state broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation on the suspicion that he was a robber and that he tried to snatch a gun from a police officer.

Other stakeholders such as Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have given the police days to effect arrests on the people involved in the shooting and death o Nyondo.

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