Kaliati calls for closure of Mbowe Park over girls drug and sexual abuse

Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati has asked relevant security authorities to expedite the closure of Mbowe Filling Station car park, a popular public drinking joint in Lilongwe City, where cases of drug and sexual abuse on young girls are reportedly on the rise.

Kaliati At Mbowe Park drug dealers christening themselves as ‘Baptists’ -Pic by Roy Nkosi
Kaliati reads some of the messages marking the day -Pic by Roy Nkosi

Speaking during a news conference  at the Capital Hill  as part of this year’s International Rural Women’s Day which falls on October 15, Kaliati said it is appalling that some men are using the premises as a breeding ground for initiating girls into the drug trade.

The minister also expressed dismay with the indecent behavior of sexual abuse in broad day light mostly by car owners who patronize the joint.

She said: “I ask police officers and other security agencies to intervene in protecting our women facing different kind of abuses at Mbowe.

“We have learnt that at this place there are drug dealers christening themselves as ‘Baptists’.  We cannot tolerate continuation of this disgusting development.

“Owing to this, we ask the law to take its course and bring to book all perpetrators involved. This place should be abandoned forthwith. People should only buy drinks or refill their cars but not use the park as a drinking joint.”

On issues of social welfare, the minister advised all women whose rights have been infringed but have no legal representation to consult her ministry which will be giving them female lawyers pro bono.

Her statement comes at a time when some unscrupulous police and court officials have been conniving with law offenders in other cases where women have been abused.

On her part, UN Women Representative to Malawi, Clara Anyangwe, expressed gratitude to the Government of Malawi for recognizing women living in rural areas during the commemorations annually.

According to Anyangwe, women play a crucial role in agriculture, food security and nutrition, land and natural resources management, care for children, families and enterprises.

She said: “This year’s commemoration comes at a time when we are grappling with issues of Covid-19 on top of climate change negative effects. Our women are laboring under acute disadvantageous conditions.”

“Rural women’s invaluable care and productive work under the pandemic has increased in many places without clean and safe water, sanitation and hygiene, energy supply and health care services.”

Women’s activist, Barbara Banda echoed Anyangwe’s sentiments and asked for more support to be channeled towards alleviation of problems being faced by women living in rural areas.

Since October 15, 2008, Malawians observe international rural women’s day to demonstrate and showcase the important role rural women play in sustainable economies and socio-economic resilience.

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Pedegu ku state House
14 days ago

Mukutiphera ufulu wathu azibambofe.

China
China
14 days ago

Kaliati might be loud but clearly knows her job and gets things done like Chilima.
Pa mbowe panachitika zambiri zoipa problem is most underage girls and boys amamwela pamenepo unlike Bwandilo. Close this place mayi]

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
14 days ago

alekeni atsikana nawo asangalale. katundu wawo mukuwona ngati akadyesele kuti??? nsanje basi chifukwa akukulandani ma banja???? zikuvutani chabe. vuto la mwano ndi makani ku mabanja kwanu ndilimeneli. amuna akukusiyani. mulila magazi.

Hawell
Hawell
14 days ago

Ndiye better close all beer drinking points because its where dzisembwere is taking place abwere ku B-square zomvetsa chisoni so i agree with a colleague that kutseka is not a solution but finding the real cause. Women and girls go there for money. Even some women who are working visit these places to earn more

Ronald C.
Ronald C.
14 days ago

I’m the principal of Heavenly Grace Girl’s Secondary and Senior Secondary School by Mbowe Park. I just want to say that the government has absolutely taken the right step in this matter. Thanks, and God Bless!

Katswiri
Katswiri
14 days ago

Mbowe?? Our Minister is not updated, anthu anasiya kupita pa Mbowe, apite ku area 14.

Tizanka
Tizanka
14 days ago

Ban beer. Problem solved you simple minded being. Kodi anawo alibe mmakwawo? Akuuzani kuti mbowe ikatsekedwa asiya mchitidwe woyipawo? Such a simple minded minister in a simple minded government

Nyerere
Nyerere
14 days ago

Even the owner of Mbowe cannot allow his daughters to patronize that place. Can the Tonse Allience get an investor to to establish and open a a big screen cinema place. We alreadyhad these during Kamuzu at Apollo and Drive In, why not now. Youths are indulging in beige drinking because they do not have any to go for entertainment. The main problem was Muluzi who killed all good things Kamuzu gave Malawians. I wish Bingu came immediately after Kamuzu not Muluzi.

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
14 days ago

As a parent, I really want to commend this move of closing the Park. Zimachitika pamene paja atsikana athu 2 years from now akhala atadwala

Nyusesi
14 days ago

Those girls are not kids. Leave them alone. Let them enjoy the fruits of their beauty. Kodi akakudyerani kuti?

Bob Nzunga
Bob Nzunga
14 days ago
Reply to  Nyusesi

Uchitsiru ndithu sagulitsa

Nhlaxhlo
Nhlaxhlo
14 days ago
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