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Police justify fines for Covid 19 regulations non-compliance

The Malawi Police Service-MPS is defending the fines on non-compliance of Covid 19 regulations, saying they are not meant to punish the public.
With Covid cases rising on a daily basis, the government has deployed police officers to enforce compliance of the preventive measures.
Those found not wearing face masks in public places pay a fine of K10,000 for non-compliance.
Hundreds of people have so far been arrested by the police and fined on spot or by the courts over non-compliance in the Operation Vala Mask.
But critics describe as abuse, when a motorist who is not wearing a face mask while alone in the car, is forced to pay the same fine.
Speaking to Capital FM National Police Publicist James Kadadzera emphasized that they are only enforcing the set Covid-19 regulations and do not intent on pressing members of the public.

“We are here respecting people’s rights, and at the same time we are here also enforcing Covid 19 regulations,” Kadadzera stressed.

he went on to add that ” We are encouraging Malawians to continue observing and complying and adhering to these rules and regulations so that we protect each other.”

On Thursday, the public witnessed running battles between some vendors at Limbe market and the police, when the people chased and stoned the men in uniform  who went to enforce wearing of facemask at the  market place.

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