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MDF Soldier Beaten By Police For Allegedly Floating Covid-19 Guidelines

Captain Marcel Chirwa a Malawi Defense Force (MDF) soldier has been assaulted by Malawi Police Officers for allegedly disregarding the Coronavirus preventive measures in Lilongwe.

According to reports, Chirwa was found at bar in Area 25, Lilongwe after the curfew which is 8 pm with owner of the bar of which he said they were talking business.

It is said Chirwa tried to reason with the police officers when they raided the bar and identified himself to the officers but was disappointed to be told that they (police officers) are looking for the soldier since they are the ones enjoying Covid-19 allowances.

The officers started hitting Chirwa with a rifle, back where they stomped on him several times and also has swollen arms which were mainly caused by the barbaric handcuffing they did.

The Malawi Police service, jointly with Military Police are now investigating an the matter.

Inspector-General of Police George Kainja has confirmed after we forwarded to him a clip, which has gone viral, showing police officers assaulting someone at what appears to be a drinking joint.

His father Brigadier (retired) Marcel Chirwa senior, who is also former Malawi’s ambassador to Kenya wrote on his timeline:

“My son (Marcel) is heard pleading with the killers but they could not stop. I thank those that captured this clip at the time it happened on the evening of 3rd March 2021. The defenseless son was found at a drinking joint after8 pm”.

In an interview Chirwa, the father, said he is extremely disappointed that his son was nearly killed in the name of enforcing Covid-19 guidelines.

“It is better someone dies with Covid-19 than police brutality. I am heartbroken. His brother, in Kenya, was killed almost in the same way. He is only 30-years-old and he must be allowed to live his life in full” said Chirwa who indicated that he has personally written the IG expressing his disappointment.

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