LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – Rights activists say it is illegal for the police to keep in custody for more than 24 hours those arrested on suspicion that they contravened Covid-19 preventive measures.
This comes after police in Lilongwe arrested 32 bar tenders for defying Covid-19 guidelines by operating business outside permitted working hours.
Mr Victor Mhango, executive director for Center for human rights, education, advice and assistance (Chreaa) has said keeping in custody the suspects will only further the spread of the virus in police cells.
Mhango has proposed that the suspects should only be asked to pay fines for not adhering to Covid-19 preventive measures rather than being arrested.
In a related development, as there are moves for Malawi to have a Covid19 vaccine, Health expert, Dr Dorothy Ngoma has described as normal the misconceptions people have on the Covid-19 vaccine expected to roll out in the country this year.
According to Ngoma has said the misconceptions are normal to human behavior, but has called on government to civic educate the public before the vaccine is administered.