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At least 9 police officers have been arrested this afternoon in connection with the 20 July mass protest that saw 20 people dead. National Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Kelvin Maigwa has confirmed the arrests. According to Maigwa the officers are expected to answer murder charges and will appear before the courts soon. Two years have passed since the protests.
On 20 July 2011 Malawians in all the regions protested against perceived poor economic management and poor governance by the late president Bingu Wa Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party.
Just after assuming power president Dr Joyce Banda, instituted a commission of inquiry over the deaths of 20 people.
The death of the people led to the suspension of aid by organizations like the USA’s  Millennium Challenge Corporation because it was deeply upset by the deaths of people during the demonstrations.
Amnesty International, a  human rights organization, also called for an investigation into the misuse of firearms because it had information that a lot of people were injured with gun shots and that some people were killed by security forces. The protest that took place for two days left 20 people dead and over 98 injuries were reported. Among the officers that have been arrested are Sub Inspector Kamwala, Sergeants Makokezi and Kanyama and Constable Lobo.

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