May 18, 2021

Covid-19 enforcement has Minister condemning police brutality

The Ministry of Homeland Security says it is concerned with reports that some police officers have been using excessive force in enforcing Coronavirus [Covid -19] regulations.

The Ministry says reports emerged are indicating that some officers who were deployed on duty to enforce regulations have been using unnecessary force such as beating non-compliant citizens.

In a statement signed by the Minister responsible, Hon.Richard Chimwendo Banda MP, the Ministry says much as it values the role police officers are playing in ensuring that all citizens are complying with the gazetted regulations, the Ministry is condemning some men in uniform for choosing to be brutal in enforcing those measures.

The statement says the behavior of beating people and using any unnecessary force against non-compliant citizens is not acceptable in this era, saying the Ministry will ensure that all officers who will be found using brutal means in enforcing the regulations are held accountable for their actions.

The Ministry is urging the general public to always comply with all Covid-19 containment measures that are put in place; they should also note that it is a citizens’ obligation to ensure that they don not contract or transmit Covid-19 to others.

……”Everybody appearing in public places should ensure he/she wears a mask all the time. Bar owners should also ensure that they are operating within the stipulated time to avoid contravening the regulations,’’…..reads part of the statement.

The Ministry says it will continue playing its role in ensuring that all regulations that have been put in place to fight Covid -19 are adhered to, saying police officers will continue enforcing regulations, but should anyone find them using excessive force against non –compliant citizens, they should call the Ministry’s Headquarters.

By Vincent Gunde

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