Joyce Banda asks Africa women leaders to press Malawi on police rape

Former president Joyce Banda , who governed Malawi between 2012 and 2014, has informed the  African Worman Leaders Network (AWNL), about the  allegations of rape by police officers during ongoing post-election violence asking the body to ramp up pressure that  allegations should be  thoroughly investigated and perpetrators punished.

JJoyce Banda : Doubt the independence of the police inquiry.

The NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) documented accounts from women and girls who said they had been sexually assaulted by police officers  around Nzundwe. Mpingu and  M’bwatalika areas in Lilongwe.

Banda said Malawi women and girls are facing serious challenges and one them is sexual  exploitation.

She reported  to the network which is a board member that  women’s rights group NGO-Gender Coordinating Network recorded evidence from several victims including three girls who said police raped them in their homes.

Banda said allowing the police to investigate its own officers is wrong.

“We get surprised that the police – who are alleged culprits –  are the ones investigating this serious matter. A subject who has been suspected of having been involved in certain criminal elements cannot investigate himself,” said Banda, who is married to former chief justice Richard Banda.

Banda said on Sunday  at Kamilaza congregation of Church of Central Agrica Presbyterian of the Livingstonua Synod that  the African body has since instituted its investigations on the alleged police sexual exploitation.

“We are also doing our own investigations and once we get the facts, we will seek justice,” Banda said.

She said the network will pursue the matter to its logical conclusion and is ready to take it to International Criminal Court, Inernational Court of Justice and Africa Court of Justice.

Earlier this month demonstrators set up roadblocks in the capital, which led to the deployment of the police. In the pandemonium that followed, a police officer was killed. Security officers stormed the area the following day, spraying teargas and attacking the public.

Emma Kaliya, a women’s rights campaigner, described the conduct  by the law enforcers as the “worst kind of gender-based violence”.

Sandra Paesen, the EU ambassador to Malawi, also said: “We want an investigation [and] we don’t want any violence against women in this country or any other country.”

Last Wednesday, the British high commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett, described the allegations as “disturbing” and said: “The UK believes that the best way to restore the police and public trust is through a thorough investigation.”

Malawi has been facing a wave of violent protests since President Peter Mutharika secured a second term in May, which opposition leaders are now challenging in court, seeking a nullification of the presidential election.

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abgoni apaphata
abgoni apaphata
1 year ago

Nkhani imodzi imatha kupita ku ma court ambirimbiri?

Pewani
Pewani
1 year ago

Zomagwilira azimayi muzatenga nazo kanyera.

Opportunist
Opportunist
1 year ago

What sin or offense did those defenseless women or girls committed to warrant to be raped?.

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
1 year ago

Nonse amene mukunyoza zomwe Joyce Banda akunenazi ndikupempha Ambuye akuponyereni Chibomba kuti chikuphulikureni.

mpilu
mpilu
1 year ago

i thought muja munasowamu mai mumati mukuphuzila zambili plus women cani cani,empowerment, koma misokhano mbwee ndi ma Americans, koma ma phozi ndi ma US professors lelo kumanena ndowezi. rubbish woman. useless

Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
1 year ago

Are you serious Mrs Banda? This needs to go international? You mean so far what women have don and complained its not enough? Wow attention seeking

Beware of Independent
Beware of Independent
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndadabwa

Yes. She is right

warm heart
warm heart
1 year ago

ITS TRUE ,CAN THE POLICE INVESTIGATE EACH OTHER???
ANSWER IS NO. BIG NO.
PLEASE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HELP ASSIGN SOME SYSTEMS AUDITORS.
THAT ACT WAS DELIBERATELY PLANNED WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE EVIL SUPERIORS.
MALAWI POLICE NEEDS TO BE AUDITED FOR ORGANISED SOCIAL ABUSE.
GOD BLESS MALAWI

Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu

Abhiti Kazhigeti Joyce Ntila-Banda chakongwe wopuza kwejhinji. Under your big nose Misozi Chanthunya murdered her pregnant Zimbabwean girlfriend. You did not raise a finger and actually facilitated his slippage through an already porous Mozambique border and you said nothing. Your own stupidity, arrogance and obstinacy took you to Goliati where you got a policeman get killed. You promised late Robert Chasowa’s mother to deliver justice. Instead you were busy kudzikundikila cashgate loot with your son’s, sisters, cronies and henchmen. Do you have any moral ground to talk of the killing of Superintendent Usumani Imedi and the Nsundwe women? I have… Read more »

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
1 year ago

@M’malawi Wosata amai ogwiridwa 100 mwina amene angabvomere interview atha kukhala mwina 5 okha komanso pa kanema samaonetsedwa nkhope pamenepa simunganenso kuti akuwabisa amaiwa?

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
1 year ago

This was a declaration of war by the Police Officers to the pple they are supposed to defend & to go to an extend of raping the women like 1994 Ruwanda war, this is genocide on our women a special legal team was supposed to be chosen by APM but alas our President is fast asleep on Sanjika’s comfortable bed that the Nsundwe women bought with their tax payment, no comment or condemnation of this barbaric act from the President himself.

Livingstonia Synod
Livingstonia Synod
1 year ago
Reply to  Kanyimbi

So, in your opinion, genocide on policemen and women, kuvula mayi wa police by Mtambo and his henchmen is not a declaration of war nor is it a crime?

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