Malawi Police to arrest street begging children’s parents – PS

Malawi Police will soon start arresting parents whose children are seen roaming the streets  begging starting from Monday, February 29,  according to Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Dr Mary Shawa.

Gwengwe: Committed to address street begging

Gwengwe: Committed to address street begging

Shawa and Gwengwe addressing reporters

Shawa and Gwengwe addressing reporters

Speaking during a news conference which took place at Chisomo Children’s Club in the Capital City Lilongwe, Shawa said her Ministry will make sure that Laws of Malawi on child care and protection by the family are duly followed.

“We have evidence that some parents send those children into the streets for exploitation we will hunt them down till we find them. As government, we want this to stop immediately,” said Shawa.

“Previously we were targeting the children but we have noted that children do not go on the street on their own. The guardians and the parents are the ones sending the children on the street because of the money they make, that is why we have now targeted the parents and they will be arrested,” she said.

According to a survey conducted by the Ministry and Chisomo Children’s Club in 2015, it was found that there are 4, 400 street kids in the country’s town and city streets, and only 400 of those are genuinely homeless.

In a day, the beggars can make money between MK4, 000-MK8, 000 on a good day and MK2, 000 on a bad day, on average representing a monthly take home package of over MK150, 000. 00.

The PS said there is total disregard of the provisions of the Child Care and Protection Act which explicitly spells out family duties and responsibilities of the parents.

“As a parent you are supposed to look after your child, you must protect that child from exploitation, abuse and even neglect. You must provide food, clothes and shelter so that the child is taken care of well, allow the children education opportunities. The law is very clear that anyone who neglects a child should be arrested because that person is committing a crime.

“Those who are giving money to beggars on the street will be arrested too because it is against the law to be providing arms on the street,” said Shawa.

Shawa said her Ministry will work hand in hand with Chisomo Children’s Club who are more than ready to absorb the streets kids into their holding facilities.
Executive Director for Chisomo Children’s Club, Charles Gwengwe said there is need to create a huge awareness on the Child Care and Protection Act so that everyone is aware of their duties and responsibilities as a way doing away with street begging.

“If you give them money it means you are pulling them to come next day for another round of begging,” said Gwengwe.

Gwengwe said if people have extra money to spend, the best way is to use the right channel.

“You can even open a trust for the needy,” said Gwengwe.

Of late people have been complaining of growing number of street beggars.

Currently laws of Malawi do not allow street begging.

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16 thoughts on “Malawi Police to arrest street begging children’s parents – PS”

  1. Namulangeni says:

    This is e very good idea those kids mmmm dere something else when ever u have not give them what they want u became e fool!!!! azimangidwa iwonso

  2. Nakanimbwe says:

    This is a good development.If they are taken to chisomo they be provided with education unlike for them just be roaming around in the streets. And these kids are a nuisance in town at night they go in groups and robbing people of thier phones and laptops

  3. Hello says:

    Also consider arresting parents of those kids who spend day after day at the Lilongwe City garbage dumping site (Kumtaya) in Area 38. Those kids don’t go to school and it appears some parents send them to the garbage dumping site to look for stuff. If the government tolerate this practice, then the future of these kids is doomed and I wonder what kind of nation we would be bringing up.

  4. jenala says:

    They also need to be taxed.

  5. kenjedza says:

    Is giving food illegal

  6. Kanyimbi says:

    What a bunch of bullcrap!!!!

  7. Dule says:

    Start with arresting the Malawi Govt as it likes begging from US, IMF, Norway, World Bank, ADB, UK, Germany etc. Malawi should stand on its own not begging at international fora (international streets)

  8. Kaluluma says:

    Musanawamange muwapatse kaye zokudya, zovala ndi pogona. Anakuwuzani amalawi kuti mangani malo m’mizinda ndi m’maboma onse oti anthuwa angamakhale. Most of these begers are truly not capable of fending for themselves. Musabise umphawi ngati nthawi yakale. Asiyeni azipempha choncho alendo azitiseka. Mukamadya nkumasokoneza chuma cha boma, zotsatira zake nzimenezi. Asiyeni choncho!!!!

  9. namz says:

    Nde ingowamenyani shoot to kill nanga mukawanga mukawadyesa Chani ndi njalayi

  10. Malingamoyo says:

    I support that wholeheartedly. These begging street kids, their parents and even some abled people and more especially those using helpless physically challenged children (as their gold mines – mgodi wopemphela ndalama) have become a nuisance to motorists in the city roads. Clean the roads of these people. Some of the kids are even a danger to peoples’ lives because they move in groups with razor blades which they can use to slash you when one refuses to meet their financial demands.

  11. Fabiano says:

    PLEASE GO AHEAD MADAM PS. START WITH THE CRIPLED MAN ON A WHEEL CHAIR WHO BEGS AT STANDARD BANK, BLANTYRE MAIN; JUST OPPOSITE MOUNT SOCHE HOTEL. I HEAR THE GUY IS A MILLIONNAIRE THROUGH BEGGING AND YET HE CANT STOP AND START DOING BUSINESS USING THE PROCEEDS HE GETS FROM THE STREETS.

    AMENE UJA WANDIKWANA!!!

    INU AMENE MUMAMUPATSA NDALAMA SOME OF YOU CANT MATCH WHAT HE HAS IN HIS ACCOUNT WHICH IS ALSO MAINTAINED AT STANDARD BANK. THAT GUY HAS MONEY!!!!!!

  12. Rad says:

    Mary Shawa? Are are out of your F..c mind. With this poverty level, what are you going to do with them? Feed them at your house.

  13. kkilembe says:

    Izi ndiye za mkutu. What proof do you have that parents are sending the kids. Mwasuta kodi?
    Get to the ROOT CAUSE analysis of why beggers have exploded.

  14. Lifeyo chitukula says:

    We have seen the increase of street begger in the cities sometimes these kids they course accidents
    For sure parents we’re responsible for our seedlings. Government must arrest the kids and also parents. But also we’ve seen too much people from villages around town and cities camping in town. Not disabled very healthy but begging I personally would like government must do something on these people send them behind bars.

  15. Laws of does not allow homosexuality,but we see homosexuals being released after their conviction.

  16. Laws of Malawi does not allow homosexuality, but we see homosexuals being released after their conviction.

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