Street children day commemorated as Malawi govt plans to pounce of street children

Street children on Tuesday celebrated the Street children Day quietly as government is zeroing in on them and other street beggars to force them out of the streets.

Day for Street Children is celebrated every year on April 12

Day for Street Children is celebrated every year on April 12

Challenging perceptions

Challenging perceptions

Secretary for Gender and Social Welfare Mary Shaba said Tuesday that the ministry and the police are making final touches on an operation that would get the street beggars out of the streets of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

”We are on the final stages; very soon we will be on the streets. We will arrest both the street beggars and those giving alms. Very soon we will sweep them in the streets,” said Shaba.

Street beggars in Lilongwe have vowed to remain in the street and face arrest saying the streets are the only source of their livelihood.

Magistrate Esmie Tembenu said taking children out of the streets is not the responsibility of government alone.

She said parents or relations of the children and the society should take part by showing love to the children.

”Sometimes the children go back to the streets because of lack of love in their homes,” Tembenu told Radio Islam.

Former minister of Gender and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati rejected the street beggars demand for a monthly K50000 monthly upkeep if they are to get out of the streets.

Kaliati, now Information minister said Malawi is not a welfare state.

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2 thoughts on “Street children day commemorated as Malawi govt plans to pounce of street children”

  1. JENIFFER KAMKONDO says:

    THESE KIDS ARE SENT
    BY ADULTS TO BEG ON
    THE STREETS

    BEGGING IS BIG BUSINESS
    THAN WORKING OR
    GOING TO XOOL

    SAME LIKE PROSTITUTES
    BOTH BEGGARS AND
    PROSTITUTES HAVE TO
    PAY TAX TO GOVERNMENT

    BEGGING ON THE STREETS
    PROMOTES THE SPIRIT OF
    LAZZINESS FROM GENERATION
    TO GENERATION

    SEND THEM TO MPEMBA BOYS/GIRLS HOMES OR MYP TRAINING BASES WHERE THEY CAN LEARN DEFFERENT SKILLS

    WELL WISHERS WILL MEET
    THEM THERE

  2. Nkhosa says:

    Iwe Esmie Tembenu ndi Mary Shaba ndi patricia Kaliati kunyumba kwanu muli nawo ana angati amasiye. Anthu onena chonchi mumakhala anthu omana mulibe ndi mwana ndi mmodzi yemwe wa m’bale wanu yemwe mumasunga koma nkhanza kulimbana ndi street kids ngati inu mungawalere anthu oyipa inu kudya mumangofuna ndi amuna anu basi. Chauta adzakulangani

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