Reports in Malawi say Malawi minister of gender Patricia Kaliyati has ordered authorities in Ntcheu district to reopen a Mama’s Shabeen, a brothel closed last month.
A blogger Moses Masiye, has quoted Kaliati gIving the directive after the owner of the brothel Rabecca Bakuwa dressed in ruling Democratic People’s Party (DPP) regalia at a youth open day in Ntcheu west confessed in front of the minister that she will no longer allow teenage girls to sell sex but just run a pub.
Bakuwa confessed in her speech that: “My business has been affected, I want to run the bottle store only, so that I should at least have something to bring food on my table.”
“I will never operate the brothel again apart from the bottle store.”
The minister immediately grabbed the microphone before her turn to speak, to respond to Bakuwa’s confession.
“It takes a gentle lady to say sorry in public, and I ask the officer in charge for Ntcheu and other stakeholders to re-open Mama’s Shabeen immediately,” ordered Kalati.
This did not however please some children rights activists, who said the directive is un procedural.
Youth net and counselling (YONECO) district manager for Ntcheu Sewenthe Chipopsya Mahwayo said things have not changed on the ground.
“We have a liquor board in Ntcheu that was supposed to visit Mama’s shabeen together with other responsible stakeholders, before reopening,” said Mahwayo.
She said many of the young girls who were at the brothel are in other bottle stores at Ntcheu boma, hence a need for a round table discussion with all bar and bottle store owners.
It’s only a month since the shabeen was closed, after the media exposed that there was a brothel.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :