Gender activist Kaliya demands for suspension of Malawi Police officers: ‘They were giving consent’

In a fresh twist gender activist Emma Kaliya has called on the Malawi Police Service (MPS) to uphold its sanity by investigating 45 female police officers over what she describe as “moral turpitude”saying the women in uniform caused the general public outrage by their consenting actions in the leaked messages.

Gender activist Emma Kaliya –Photo by Watipaso Mzungu

Kaliya was responding to our questionnaire in relation to allegations that the suspended MPS human resource (HR) director, Commissioner Stanly Kaliza, promoted or included on foreign mission over 40 female officers in exchange with sexual favours .

Recently, Inspector General George Kainja clarified to the public that the HR does not effect promotions singlehandedly.

Kainja further pointed out that promotions at MPS are handled by the Police Service Commission.

While commending the police for acting with speed on Commissioner Kaliza, Kaliya said she was appalled by the female officers’ behaviour arguing it was a frustration of the very efforts of fighting gender-based violence.

According to her, the female officers and MPS as a whole was key in fighting GBV and, yet, in this case they were at the for of perpetrating it.

“It is taking forever for the action to be equally taken against female officers since the suspension of Mr Kaliza.

“By leaving the women still in position without being investigated is a sign of allowing chaos in the public institution,” Kaliya told Nyasa Times.

She added: “Hearing and seeing the WhatsApp messages to us is heart breaking as champions of enforcing the law against gender based violence.

“The way things are the officers are not victims. They are accomplices to this issue. And as a close ally of the police, we at the Malawi Human Rights Resource Center (MHRRC) would like to ask the highest authority at MPS to consider sending the women on leave for thorough investigation based on moral turpitude as the messages seen show women in uniform were consenting under no duress.”

According to Kaliya, the Gender Equality Act (Article 5) talks of prohibition of harmful practices which in part states that a person commits an offence of sexual harassments if she or he engages in any form of unwanted verbal, physical conduct of a sexual nature in circumstances in which a reasonable person having regard to all the circumstances would have anticipated that the other person would be offended, humiliated or intimidated.

She said in view of the act it would seem none of the alleged 45 female officers raised grievances against Commissioner Kaliza.

“Their does not in any way border on sexual harassment as the perceived victims seemed to be consenting,” Kaliya said.

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President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
4 months ago

LET ME DEFEND THESE JUNIOR RANK WOMEN. THEY ARE JUNIORS AND THAT MATTERS MOST IN FORCES THAN IN CIVILIAN. YOU CAN HARDLY SAY NO TO A COMMISSIONER IN THE POLICE FORCE. I THINK THESE WOMEN ARE ALSO VICTIMS.

Tuntyufe
Tuntyufe
4 months ago

Mai Kaliya don’t confuse people the issue is the gentleman was acting from a position of authority making it an issue of sexual exploitation and abuse. U mean the situation would have there if the bwana was a mere driver at police? Let’s not play it down the Harvey Weinsteins of this world will be emboldened

kolabache
kolabache
4 months ago

Wahoo!

Kuchanya nkhuwemi
Kuchanya nkhuwemi
4 months ago

Wakuteta Kainja HRM Compiles the names of those that are to be promoted and submits to Inspector general who endorses the submission. HRM then submits the proposed name list to Police Service Commission where Kainja sits as a member of the Police Service Commission. You can see that the process is subject to manipulation and its integrity is questionable. Many of these women were promoted that way. Many of them were promoted on the last promotion. Any promotion on merit here? What many Police officers want is promotional interviews and not seek and hide promotions where people of the same… Read more »

Paul Masina
Paul Masina
4 months ago

I second you Emma!

Erik P
Erik P
4 months ago

Are these people fools? Kaliya should lose her job first. This is not GBV! That’s just a destraction from the real crime. It doesn’t matter whether women consented or not, the.victims are all the other women, not those acting as prostitutes. Kaliya is misrepresenting this completely, and to the detriment of women. She just thinks throwing out catch phrases like GBV is her job? The problem is simply corruption, which is rife in the police but courts and ACB do nothing. Kaliza then should be sacked for promoting people based on their sexual relationship with him. The women that slept… Read more »

Zoona Zosakwanira
Zoona Zosakwanira
4 months ago

This is a very sober look at the matter. However, beyond the commissioner and his truckload of women police officer concubines bringing the already soiled image of the MPS in disrepute, there is a victim in this matter: the commissioner’s wife (I am assuming he has/d one). If my assumption is right, the commissioner’s wife is murdered emotionally, physically, socially (think about the social media wild fire this matter ignited) and spiritually, She was brutally clobbered by the commissioner and his platoon of hot blooded women officers and I hope this matter will not be burried under the carpet of… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Zoona Zosakwanira
Sally G.
Sally G.
4 months ago

Who knows? The wife may have encouraged it..

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