Mzuzu-based lawyer George Kadzipatike of has written the Malawi Police Service (MPS) demanding K10 million compensation for detonating a teargas canister at the veranda of his office during the April 27 2018 demonstrations.
In a letter to Inspector General of Police dated April 30 2018, Kadzipatike said the compensation would be for breach of right to liberty, pain and suffering, inconvenience and loss of business.
After delivering the petition on April 27, some protesters went overboard, hunting for billboards carrying the face of President Peter Mutharika.
They tore down Mutharika’s billboards and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) flags at Mzuzu Shoprite roundabout, while chanting that the President was responsible for the mess in Malawi and needed not to be seen.
Police used teargas to quell the situation, and one of the canisters fell at the veranda of Kadzipatike’s office; hence, the K10 million claim.
“Jivason and Company as a law firm demands the sum of K10 000 000 being damages for breach of right to liberty, for pain and suffering, inconvenience and loss of business,” adds the letter.
In an interview, MPS national spokesperson James Kadadzera said he had not yet seen the letter.
Meanwhile, resident magistrate Peter Kandulu in Mzuzu has given 17 people arrested during the protests bail.
On April 27, over 5 000 people took to the street in Mzuzu, chanting songs against Mutharika and his government for failing to address various socio-economic challenges affecting the country.n