CSO protests appointment of sex offender as Malawi’s cannabis brand ambassador

The Centre for Public Accountability (CPA) has protested the appointment of Mike Tyson as a cannabis brand ambassador of Malawi, arguing the appointee is a registered sex offender.

Mike Tyson – his appointment faces resistance

CPA acting director Kondwani Bell Munthali, in a statement issued on Wednesday, says he is shocked and dismayed over the purported letter of appointment of Tyson as a brand ambassador for Malawi’s Cannabis.

“The letter allegedly signed by Honourable Lobin Clarke Lowe M.P, Minister of Agriculture, dated 1st of November 2021 and referenced as 30/1/1 is a source of great embarrassment to the Government and the people of Malawi as Mr Tyson is a registered sex offender in the United States of America, where he is expected to represent and promote Malawi cannabis. Mr Mike Tyson was convicted and jailed of raping and serious violence of an 18-year-old woman in 1992. He remains on sex offenders register in Arizona and Florida as per attached evidence,” reads the statement.

Munthali says it is surprising that Malawi would want to have a convicted rapist as its brand ambassador, more especially at the time when efforts to curb violence against women are part of the government agenda.

“As a nation that is working tirelessly to stem out gender-based violence, we cannot be seen to associate or celebrate people of Mike Tyson calibre as a face of promoting any of our products.

“We wish to believe that the letter is fake and such appointment was never considered. Or if it is true, it will be withdrawn with immediate effect.

“The CPA offers due diligence services to business and institutions in Europe, USA, China and Southern Africa to avoid such embarrassments,” warns Munthali.

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