Government finally compensates ‘Nsundwe’ sexual abuse victims, women lawyers happy

Government has finally paid compensation to 18 women and girls who were allegedly raped by police officers around Mpingu and M’bwatalika in Lilongwe in 2018.

In February 2020, the Women Lawyers Association (WLA) commenced civil proceedings against the Malawi Police Service (MPS), the Clerk of Parliament, Ministry of Homeland Security and the Inspector General of Police in Judicial Review Cause No. 7 of 2020 on behalf of the victims.

Women Lawyers Association President, Immaculate Maluza

According to a press release dated 19th July 2020 and signed by WLA President Immaculate Maluza, the civil matter was concluded successfully and the court ordered MPS to pay damages to the victims.

“On 9th March 2021, Assistant Registrar (Madalitso) Chimwaza sitting at Lilongwe High Court Registry issued a ruling on assessment of damages which determines the amount of compensation payable to each Applicant.

“Consequently, WLA would like to inform the public that the Government of Malawi has duly paid compensation to each of the 18 Applicants in JR Cause No. 7. The payment marks the conclusion of the civil aspect of the case,” reads the press release made available to Nyssa Times, adding that WLA strongly believes that women and girls have the right to live free of violence, “however, statistics show that at least one in every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or abused in her lifetime”.

“Therefore, the ruling and the subsequent payment of compensation in JR Cause No. 7 solidifies that violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable and never tolerable,” says the press release.

According to Maluza, women and girls in Malawi continue to face obstacles in accessing equal opportunity and representation in every sphere of life.

“We therefore implore the government to make available sufficient, effective and sustainable resources to reduce and eliminate gender based violence across Malawi,” says.

According to the release, WLA is committed to ensuring that the progression of the criminal aspect of the case, which would result in the specific officers charged under the relevant criminal laws.

WLA also urges members of the community where the alleged acts of rape and sexual abuse took place against either harrassing or threatening the victims as such acts constitute crime under the law.

“WLA will therefore take immediate action against any perpetrator of violence against the victims of sexual and physical abuse,” concludes the press release.

The 18 victims were awarded varying amounts of money as compensation ranging from K4 million to K10 million.

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Kambewa Ngozo
7 days ago

FOSEKI
What happed to the po offers who committed the crime. Kungowasiya?
If nothing will be done to the officers then some of us will find ways of dealing with the them one of these days.

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
7 days ago

What indeed about the family of the policy officer who was killed at Nsundwe by MCP militia who are presently rewarded with policing training at Mtakataka Police Training college???Mudzayankhapotu apa sikalekale ayii!!!

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
7 days ago

What? MK4 to MK10 Million only? Effin hell should be 10x as much.

naneo
naneo
7 days ago

what about the family of a police officer killed by msundwe people?

cairo
cairo
7 days ago
Reply to  naneo

Oohh yes, whats the stand on the govt side, his (MHSRIEP) family must be compensated too

Bwande
Bwande
7 days ago

Nanga wa Police anafa unja mutani wawa

Opportunist
Opportunist
8 days ago

Better

nsabwe
nsabwe
8 days ago

Lawyer is happy . But don’t really know the psychological impact on these victims
SAD.
Know that money cannot buy everything and when it comes to this issue! Its an affidavit.zkomo

jiza Madziataika
jiza Madziataika
8 days ago

As much as we are happy that finally the victims have been compensated its also time we change the way these victims are compensated. Let the one who sins die or other words no compensation should come from our tax money meant for the country development should go to someone as compensation rather this should come from the pocket of the one who has committed the wrong in this case the policemen.

Mdala
Mdala
8 days ago

Good developments, but us as Malawians and taxpayer, who pay finally for all this would like to know, who did it and what happened to this cruel and hopefully ex-lawenforcers?

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