Mangochi get victim support units funded by UNICEF

Mangochi District Council has handed over four community victim support units (CVSUs) worth K27, 269,198 that have been constructed with funding from the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

Ngulube( in white shirt) posing with community members at Katema CVSU,pic by Sellah Singini,MANA

Ngulube( in white shirt) posing with community members at Katema CVSU,pic by Sellah Singini,MANA

Ngulube(centre) speaking during handover of Katema CVSU,Pic by Sellah Singini,MANA

Ngulube(centre) speaking during handover of Katema CVSU,Pic by Sellah Singini,MANA

Speaking when handing over the facilities at Katema in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda on Tuesday, District Commissioner for Mangochi, Jack Nguluwe expressed gratitude at the development.

“Basically, community victim support units are put in place to protect children and women from violence and abuses. They are also meant to rehabilitate victims.

“Over and above that, the CVSU is meant to provide coordinated services to survivors of violence and abuse including referrals to the police in case of criminal offences,” Nguluwe said.

Nguluwe said the council expects the units to remain models in the district and beyond considering that there was need to improve service delivery.

Nguluwe also asked the community to report to police any criminal offences to avoid mob justice.

Speaking at the same function, District Community Services Officer for Mangochi, Macloud Mphande said Mangochi District Council has 13 CVSUs out of which construction of four units was supported by UNICEF.

Mphande said common cases handled in the units were marriage disputes, divorce, physical violence, child marriage, property grabbing and child neglect.

He added that among the 13 CVSUs Katema acts as a role model.

The four CVSUs are Katema in T/A Mponda, Binali in T/A Nankumba, Mpita in T/A Katuli and Masanje in T/A Chowe.

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