Govt chase street children out of capital city Lilongwe

Officials from the ministry of Gender, Women and Elderly are now walking shoulders high in Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe having successfully chased away street children and relocated them back to their parents.

Shawa : Successful operation

Shawa : Successful operation

Principal Secretary in the ministry Mary Shaba described the whole operation as successful.

Street children never go to school and are blamed on petty thefts and rape on the streets although sometimes they are trained and used y professional robbers.

“We are remaining with 200 only who have completely no single parent and we are placing them in rehabilitation homes like Chisomo Children Home,” she said.

She said with the help of the police, they managed to round them up and took them to their homes where their parents are.

Shaba ruled out the possibility of the street children coming back to the streets, saying the parents have been sternly warned of the consequences.

“If they come back on to the streets, then we will charge the parents with a criminal offence. Any parent whose child is found on the streets will be charged with a criminal offence, it is provided for in the laws,” she said.

She said the same operation to remove street children forcibly away from the streets will hit Blantyre next month.

Most rehabilitation homes in Malawi, which are private, face acute shortages of resources including money to run their institutions and look after the welfare of large numbers of street children.

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22 thoughts on “Govt chase street children out of capital city Lilongwe”

  1. Let Us Pray says:

    A mai Shaba boza bwanji? May be my eyes are not able to see properly or my mind is not able to interpret who street kids are and who are not

  2. Therere says:

    good development, make surprise checks every quarter for these street kids to completely disappear

  3. Kwende says:

    My surprise is northern region has no beggars nor street kids. Tiziti kumeneko ana amasiye kulibe? You will hardly find a beggar in Mzuzu city. But we have been on the forefront, fellow southerners, calling this region as dead north. My question is: why us, as developed as we claim over north, are the worst financially? No northerner begs for maize husks to use as flour but central and south its like our culture. The dead north does not beg, people from dead north are what dominates in govt offices, NGOs. Why don’t we borrow a leaf from them? Why take pride ndi ti ma buildings tomwe anamanga Kamuzu as if our homes back in the village are also like that? Go to Zambia, Zimbabwe, RSA, Mozambique tisiya kutumbwa ndikunyoza northern region. What do we have here, kusayenda eti?

  4. Analyst says:

    Which part of Lilongwe are we talking about here? After reading this article, I was happy but passing through bwandilo traffic lights I came across 3 or more and in the evening at City Mall, you meet the whole family by the exit into M1. They have made a home there

  5. nyasa reporter says:

    Good and excellent movie

  6. Phillip says:

    Which lilongwe are you talking about?come and see for yourself.there are street kids as well as adults everywhere,so they shouldin’t be lying.Just come to Usave shoprite and Pep store in Area2 and you will be greeted by them

  7. Man wa rural development says:

    Good move. I support your move Mary Shawa dr of Agriculture. After LL please to to BT. If the parents have not job please engage then in tree planting work or dam building to rehabilitate the environment why while they earn a leaving to support their families. And make sure school places are found for the kids.

    The man called Analysis is a complete fool. You have no idea about social issue and how to deal with them. Calling children and their parents savages. Idiot!!!!

    1. The Analyst says:

      Man a Rural Development

      If a man calls another a savage, foolish, idiotic, stupid and fail to take it when he himself is called such by others; he is yet to learn the art of living. I will take it . . .

  8. mayayauve says:

    Well done Dr Mary Shawa. Komatu ndinu aku Chiladzulo ndiye dzina lanu muzilemba Dr Mary Romoriwa Phaiva Shawa.

  9. zandile says:

    Jumini, parents should take responsibility. Poverty shud not be used as an excuse to let children go onntge streets. Some children are sent by their parents. What is surprising is that many of these children are in Lilongwe and Blantyre. Have you seen children begging in Mzuzu?
    It has also to do with the social structure of people in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

  10. Mashamase says:

    Zengani ma school yanandi

  11. Jimuni says:

    I hope as govt you realise chasing streets kids is merely dealing with a symptom and not the root problem we have in our soceity.

    Ask yourselves, for those kids that have parents, why did they leave home to be on the street?? The answer to that question is what you need to act on inorder to deal with street kids situation.

    May anybody help Mary Shaba, her ministry and the govt she is serving in how to best deal with street kids problem

    1. Inu says:

      The other question is why do people continue to produce babies that they cannot afford to raise? This idea that marriage is children and that God is the one who takes of children should be divorced from Malawians. Indeed gives the ability to produce but simply because we are able to produce does not mean that we shoul produce without limits. Unfortunately many continue to produce even though they cannot afford to care for those children. Then we expect the government to step in and be everyone’s daddy

  12. Mhango says:

    Congrats amayi give a deaf ear to Ena a nsanje.the issue is not about your appearance.gwirani ntchito yanu.komanso sukulu munalimbananayo nokho.ndinu nso okongola.all the best.

  13. mapwevupwevu says:

    I don’t get it! The street kids are out and some people are not happy? What kind of people are you?

  14. The Analyst says:

    We are all ignorant on many issues but let us not celebrate our ignorance, let alone in public.

    Just with what criminal offense will you charge the parents? What do you expect the parents to do? To chain the children or follow them or wonder where they are? Have you ever lived in a ghetto or just have a glimpse of ghetto lyf? I bet no! But unlike mmipandamu where battery cage is the system for rearing children; life in the ghetto is a free-range system of rearing children. As such parents do not even care or wonder where their children are. What they are assured of, is that darkness will bring their children back home.

    The way you have done it is not practically sustainable because the kids will come back into the streets and the parents cant be charged for any crime. And you know it.

    What you have done is trying to reason with them; but you should have known that these kids are complete savages just like their parents and you cant reason with savages. What these kids do is radical behaviour which can only be tackled with radical measures. Employ some clock-and-dagger batman or men or women with sjambocks. Ndipo anyapule mwana aliyense opezeka mu street. Trust me ana amenewa sangazabwereso.

    1. Inu says:

      What you are doing is celebrating failed parenthood. I grew up myself at newlines where there were no fences in the 80s and grew up also in fenced neighbourhoods. In both places my mother was strict and she made her business to know where we were. Parents who have plans for their children will care where their children are but who have children just because they cqn have are the ones we should punish as a society

  15. Mr.Bambo says:

    Bravo Mary Shawa,mubwerenso ku BT,pa Poly pa ma robot ana amenewa aonongapo heavy.

  16. mukharapwio says:

    best way is to introduce compulsory education apo bi dzikoli silingatukuke with a bunch of illiterate people who can’t understand the importances of small families,good agricultural practices,sleeping under a mosquito net everynight 365 days,sustainable use of natural resources,fending for oneself,integrity

  17. anadimba says:

    kodi muchita li retire? Iiiii mwakhalitsa.basi ino ndiye odya bwino basi?

  18. Prince Edward rsa says:

    Iwe shawa sitikukufuna galu iwe wabandalama zambirimbiri iwe palibe ena amene angalowe udindo umenewu kukamwa ngati msomba yokufayokha.

  19. mtubzitubzu kumputa mkunkhudza says:

    Kulakwa amayi inu

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