EU diplomat ordered to leave Malawi after protesting police rape allegations

European Union (EU) head of delegation to Malawi, Sandra Paesen, has been diplomatic expulsion from the southern African nation for  protesting the incident in which  the Malawi police  officers  raped and tortured women during demonstrations over presidential election results.

EU Ambassador Paesen: Expelled in Malawi

The EU diplomat Paesen has been given a week to return to Brussels, Belgium, one year after she flew in to take up the post.

The development is coming only weeks after Malawi government wrote the EU complaining that Paesen had taken part in a street protest against alleged rape of women by police at Msundwe in the capital, Lilongwe

EU ambassador to Malawi condemned the alleged sexual violence and called for “light to be shed on what happened.”

Paesen also attended the protests by women and said: “We want an investigation [and] we don’t want any violence against women in this country or any other country.”

The British high commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett, also called for a thorough investigation.

The NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) documented accounts from women and girls who said they had been sexually assaulted by police officers.

Malawi police have since set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the allegations.

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braveheart
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..democracy is becoming a failed system of government in the 21 century.Until then these people are hypocrites!

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye

Akuluakulu ask what happened to one kaluluma phiri, then a diplomat in zimbabwe, he was sent sent packing to malawi from zim for just commenting about the state of the economy then in zim. Ndiye uyu ndi ndan

CRY MY BELOVED COUNTRY
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I applaud EU ambassador Paesen for standing up against violence towards women by the Malawian police force who went on the raping spree. Any human being with brain will speak against violence that Malawian Police committed towards the Lilongwe women. It is wrong for police officers to go on raping spree of school children, married women, and others in the name of DPP teaching them a lesson. I think the EU must completely withdraw its financial support towards the DPP tribalistic and rapists regime. EU ambassador must walk with her head high for being brave and joined in the march… Read more »

Alfred Minjo
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Alfred Minjo

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! zankutu. EU is not stupid to recall her. There is much more to this than what you are thinking dude.Why not keep your mouth shut and wait to see what actually happened. The RAPE issue, leave it to the authorities investigating it.You were’nt there when the incident happened if atall it indeed happened or when you were being raped if atall you were raped!!!! Osangolubwalubwa zinthu zakuti mitu yake siukuidziwa CRY YOUR BELOVED COUNTRY!!!!

tung'ande
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tung'ande

she was the one who was sponsoring Mtambo and the gay Mayaya and Trepense to destroy Malawi.

Parallel Market
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Parallel Market

My earlier comment on this story which Nyasatimes gagged by not allowing it appear on this forum was asking the writer of this story to redo his or her work. The story is incomplete and leaves a myriad of questions unanswered. When one goes through the story is left with questions like ‘who sent EU diplomat packing, is it Malawi Govt or Brussels? The writer ignorantly left that important piece of information as a result readers are also ignorantly commenting on something that is neither here nor there. Redo this work Mr or Miss Journalist!!!

Pido
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Pido

Do we really understand this issue? Maybe it is the reporting that has misled our comments. I understand that it is the EU that has recalled its diplomat. It is not Malawi that sent her packing.. No. She took part in an act that does not befit a diplomat and Malawi as a state reported her to the EU. It was a decision to be made by her employer (the EU) to let her stay or recall her. EU voluntarily chose to do the later (a recall). Are we saying that the EU delegation can do anything in a sovereign… Read more »

Bararabarara
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Bararabarara

Sandra was a big embarrassment to Brussels. Not only did she mismanage the diplomatic relations between Malawi and the EU, she also mistreated fellow Diplomats and local staff at the EU Delegation in Malawi. As a result of the mistreatment, one diplomat had to return to Brussels due to stress triggered by the mistreatment. She also fell out with fellow diplomats, notably the British, Germans and Americans.

Patriot
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Patriot

Looking at almost all the comments here, one can only conclude that Malawi has a long distance to cover to be independent. If the citizenry cannot believe in themselves to the point of determining to worship a white man/woman for the future of Africa, or I can do is shed tears. No wonder a white man will send Mtambo and Trapence to burn the country just to have men marrying each or women doing the same and the president cannot do anything, otherwise the citizens will rise against him. What is this Malawi? I will personally say to embrace whites… Read more »

GPMG
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GPMG

Hypocrisy is African leaders robbing their poor fellow countrymen blind on a daily basis and crying “neocolonialism” when they are called out. Just look at the poor conditions of the “new” roads the DPP regime is building at huge cost through loans and taxpayers money. They develop potholes as soon as they are finished! But this does not matter to you. Instead you are worried about what two or more adult people do behind their closed doors. Do we know, or should we even care what YOU yourself do once you’ve locked your bedroom door? Fotseki

Njiba
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Njiba

Loving it !!! Kusokonokere kumeneko tigule malo cheap cheap … ukapolo uyambe

hgfg
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hgfg

If those are the allegations against her, then they are as groundless as they are foolish. Malawian politicians never learn!! As a well meaning Malawian, our politicians are a disgusting bunch!

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Let’s face the reality here. The Nsundwe women were raped by MCP agents. Just last week an EU diplomat was expelled in another African country. Malawi has not done anything wrong. A police Officer was killed at Nsundwe by MCP functionaries under Chakwera’s instructions. So far no EU official nor MCP official have condemned the killing nor condoned the people of Mangochi for the loss of their son who was murdered by MCP.