Kaliati orders sex empire reopening: Malawi activists irked

Reports in Malawi say Malawi minister of gender Patricia Kaliyati has ordered authorities in Ntcheu district to reopen  a Mama’s Shabeen, a brothel closed last month.

Mama's Shabin

Mama’s Shabin

Kaliati: Orders Mama's Shabeen to reopen

Kaliati: Orders Mama’s Shabeen to reopen

A blogger Moses Masiye, has quoted Kaliati gIving the directive after the owner of the brothel Rabecca Bakuwa dressed in ruling Democratic People’s Party (DPP) regalia at a youth open day in Ntcheu west confessed in front of the minister that she will no longer allow teenage girls to sell sex but just run a pub.

Bakuwa confessed in her speech that: “My business has been affected, I want to run the bottle store only, so that I should at least have something to bring food on my table.”

“I will never operate the brothel again apart from the bottle store.”

The minister immediately grabbed the microphone before her turn to speak, to respond to Bakuwa’s confession.

“It takes a gentle lady to say sorry in public, and I ask the officer in charge for Ntcheu and other stakeholders to re-open Mama’s Shabeen immediately,” ordered Kalati.

This did not however please some children rights activists, who said the directive is un procedural.

Youth net and counselling (YONECO) district manager for Ntcheu Sewenthe Chipopsya Mahwayo said things have not changed on the ground.

“We have a liquor board in Ntcheu that was supposed to visit Mama’s shabeen together with other responsible stakeholders, before reopening,” said Mahwayo.

She said many of the young girls who were at the brothel are in other bottle stores at Ntcheu boma, hence a need for a round table discussion with all bar and bottle store owners.

It’s only a month since the shabeen was closed, after the media exposed that there was a brothel.

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Iden size m

Beyond the limit,

saziwi wankulu

kaliyati iwe mphavu zimenezo wazitenga kut?apa mayi mwangooneseratu umburi wanu chifukwa kusegula kapena kuseka bar simbari yanu

sometimes I wonder how ignorant our honourable ministers can be. Kaliati being someone who has served as a minister under 3 different head of States should have known better the separation of the powers between her ministry and the judiciary or the assembly. She doesn’t have that authority to instruct the reopening of the shabeen . As a minister of gender…. she has to be in front championing the rights of vulnerable girls. is it because the perpetrator is a DPP sympathiser. Again, if it were a man she and other women would be making a lot of noise crying… Read more »
mphwache wa bingu

The business should indeed reopen. It’s good for the economy and employment


komatu kaliati,samala cancer yapakhungu,kuphodako wawonjeza


Kodi minister ali ndi udindo woseka kapena kutsegula bar/tarven/bottle store. Hey jump of chain of command. Zayamba kutiopya


Accept her confession.


Mbuzi ya minister


it is laughable APM is assenting the Law to protect girls and on the other hand, his minister, possibly the one who defended the bill in August house, is promoting the abuse of girls. What an ambivalence? Hamba nazo Kaliati my old bedmate.


Mwaiwala 5 April 2012.

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