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Malawi Police apologizes to Unima Student body

The Malawi Police have delivered a letter of apology to the student leader of the University of Malawi, Charles Dokera, following the sporadic firing of teargas canisters in the student’s hostels thereby suffocating students with disabilities in the process.

“Fellow students of the university of Malawi. I write you this morning to call for the cancellation of the planned demonstrations. The police commissioner has served my office with a written apology as was so demanded. We have further been assured that the mess of seeing policemen misusing teargas canisters on campus will never repeat itself,” said Dokera in a Facebook post as he called off the demonstrations which were slated for the day.
The stamped apology letter was written by Violet Magwaya, Eastern Region Police Commissioner.

“On behalf of the Eastern region police management and indeed on my own behalf, I write to offer my unreserved apology for the use of teargas by the police within the campus of the University of Malawi in Zomba on 23rd September 2022 when running battles ensued between police and the students in the aftermath of the latter delivering their petition to the office of District Commissioner of Zomba,” reads the letter in part.

It concludes:

“Following this incident, the Eastern Regional Police Management will institute measures to ensure that incidents of similar nature should never happen again within UNIMA Campus.”

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