MHRC finds police detention at roadblock led to infant’s death

By Chisomo Phiri

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has revealed that the death of a seven old weeks baby in Mzimba in June last year was caused by detention at the Mtambalika Roadblock for over 15 minutes.

MHRC investigated the death after the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) lodged a complaint on the matter.

Presenting the investigation findings in Lilongwe on Tuesday, MHRC commissioner Boniface Massa said:“The police stopped the vehicle because the driver was operating the vehicle without a valid road service permit.

MHRC commissioner Boniface Massa

“It is established that the police detained the vehicle for about 10 to 25 minutes despite the driver of the vehicle informing the police that he was rushing to the hospital with the child who was not feeling well.”

The baby died upon arrival at the hospital.

The commission has however,advised  the family of the deceased to consider commencing legal action against the police and the taxi driver for the loss of life.