The Weekend Times, a sensational tabloid that hits the streets every Friday, carried the ‘Action Girl’ section on what is popularly known as ‘Page 8’, again, despite Minister of Information and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati’s recent condemnation of the “women-demeaning page”.
When she officially launched the Malawi Child Protection and Gender Media Network which was held at Cresta Hotel with support from Plan Malawi on February 17, Kaliati said such publication is demeaning to women and that it makes young girls and women even more vulnerable.
The page carries sexualised photographs of young women clad in only underwear and bra. There is an invitation beneath the photographs that calls on “sexy, attractive and bootylicious young women to call on 01 609 767 to appear on this page at a free! (sic).
“Why pay a girl child to pose in the nude? What a shame? How would you feel to see your daughter or sister exposed like that?” wondered Kaliati, as she held a copy of the publication.
Kaliati then had asked the journalists to fight and push for the removal of ‘Action Girl’, which she said encourages abusive tendencies in society.
The February 24, 2012 edition of The Weekend Times features ‘Loraine’ who is standing majestically on a beach with huge fashionable sun goggles covering a quarter of his face. She is wearing matching sky-blue pairs of bras and underwear.
Meanwhile, the ‘scandle sheet’ reported that Blantyre Police arrested two pastors, James Kazembe of Goshen Believer and Peter Dick of Pentecost Church of Christ for being found in possession of fake Nyimbo za Mulungu hymns and Bibles, which they were selling in Blantyre and Mulanje.
Pastor Kazembe, 32, hails from Phalula 2 village, Traditional Authority Bvumbwe in Thyolo while Pastor Dick, 34, hails from Chalamanda village, T/A Kadewere in Chiradzulu.
The police have also arrested 40-year old Donnex Chisale from Wasi village, Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje for being suspected to be an accomplice in the racket.
Blantyre Police Assistant Public Relations Officer, Lameck Thembachako said the three will answer charges of infringement of copyright, distribution and reproduction of hymn books.
According to the tabloid, the officer said the three will also answer a charge of being found in possession of infringing copies and device used to produce infringing copies.
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In another development, the paper reported that a 28-year old man and his 18-year old sister are in police custody in Mzimba for incest after they got married and eloped to Nkhata Bay.
Mzimba police spokesperson Gift Nyirongo confirmed the arrest of Paulos Beza of Kayuni M’bwata village in Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande’s area and his sister Faidas Gondwe of the same particulars.
Nyirongo said the suspect’s mother, Elinas Munyenyembe, first married the father of Paulos in 1977 but he died a few years later. In 1991, the woman married the father of Faidas but they divorced in 2004.
He said the mother, who had four children in the second marriage, Faidas being the first-born, returned to her home village of Kayuni M’bwata with the two suspects where they had been staying together.
“On January 29, in the morning, the mother left home for farming, leaving the two at home but when she returned at around 4 pm, she was surprised to see that they were not home,” the tabloid quotes Nyirongo.
Nyirongo is quoted to have said that the matter was reported to Chikangawa Police and on February 7, Munyenyembe learnt that the suspects got married and were hiding in Nkhata Bay.
The two reportedly admitted to have been married while they knew that they were related hence they ran away to Nkhata Bay. According to the police publicist, the two will answer charges of incest contrary to section 157 of the Penal Code, which attracts a maximum custodial sentence of five years.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :