27 Chancellor College students have so far submitted their names as victims of police brutality during protests by the students over fee hike by the University of Malawi (Unima) Council.
Following reports of police brutality during the protests, the Malawi Law Society (MLS) through its honorary Secretary Khumbo Soko requested Succ to submit the names for purposes of bringing legal proceedings against Police with a view to obtaining compensation for the victimised students.
Speaking in an interview Tuesday, Chancellor College Students Union (Succ) president Sylvester Ayuba James said the union is having challenges reaching students who are away in remote areas.
“We have challenges reaching out to such students as their phones cannot be reached, we have therefore requested the MLS to bare with us and give us until next weekend to finish compiling the names,” said James adding that they were advised to submit the names by last Friday.
Meanwhile National Police deputy spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude has said the Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) an arm of the Malawi Police Services that looks at professional conduct of police officers is still investigating the video depicting police officers’ use of excessive force on defenseless female students at Chancellor College.
Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama ordered an inquiry into the matter amid widespread condemnation and calls for prosecution of the officers involved who were captured on video beating up two seemingly trapped female students within the campus.
Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) is also carrying out a comprehensive investigation into the matter.