Minister Chimwendo insists no sanctuary for sexual violence predators: Trust police, courts

Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda  has reversed his order  that the public  should punish perpetrators of sexual  violence on their own volition, saying people  should not take matters into their own hands.

Minister Chimwendo Banda: We have drawn up strategies for good policing and justice delivery system

Chimwendo Banda —who is also leading the National Task Force on Sexual Violence that President Lazarus Chakwera tasked to tackle rising cases of defilement—expressed concern over increased cases of sexual violence and had earlier suggested: “When someone is found defiling, grab them, beat and break them up.

“By the time they get to police, you should have already dealt with them. Thieves must be taken to police, but defilers should be roughed up, beat them up!”

But he has clarified that citizens should have more trust in their law enforcement agencies like the police and the courts and not administer vigilante justice.

“Let’s not take the law in our hands, lets trust our  police. We will make sure that access to justice is there,” said Chimwendo Banda.

“We have taken bold steps, we have drawn up strategies and this scourge will end,” he added.

The minister stressed that there should be no sanctuary for people behind the evils against women and girls.

“Trust the police, trust the courts,” he maintained.

Commentators say the best way to prevent vigilante justice is for the state to improve law enforcement. Once people gain more trust in their law enforcement agencies like the police and the courts, they are less likely to undermine them with their own actions.

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Chairperson Rev. Patrick Semphere  has since commended the Tonse government for coming up with a National Action Plan against rape and defilement but appealed for “adequate funding” for the action plan and strong political will to drive the crusade against rape and gender-based violence.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera asked victims of gender-based violence and all Malawians to report cases of sexual offences to police so that the suspects face trial.

 

 

 

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Manyalira Mhone
7 months ago

Gwape wa minister. Reflection of the appointing authority.

Kanchenga
Kanchenga
7 months ago

Well honestly most people who criticized you are idiots who are also bent on serial abuse. Imagine almost all albino murder cases are still unsolved and you we should trust Police. What a joke. I would die killing for my daughter than allow the police protect the idiot. Minister don’t worry we heard you and will act accordingly. Your apology is meant for the polical correct speeches

Mofolo
Mofolo
7 months ago

He should resign or be fired. He has been instigating violence since his time in opposition. He was the ring leader of Nsundwe Barracks, he encouraged violence towards Police officers and to see Chakwera appointment of this idiot as Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security speaks volumes about the leadership of our President. He surrounds himself with low calibre idiots.

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mofolo

Just like APM surrounded himself with ass leaking tribesmen, dunderheads like the Mchachas etc

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
7 months ago

Kodi bomali likuyenda kapena tikuchita zoyesa.U turn because of public outcry is not a good sign of maturity in leadership.Consult before you act.Izi zikundinvetsa chisoni kuti kaya tilimba 2025

Mwambalanganya
7 months ago

To me if somebody makes a u turn coz of the public out cry, is the way to go. Remember we have a listenling boma. If you don’t make a u turn it means you are dictator. Nchifukwa chache analuza o Peter. Anthu anawauza Ansah style pansi udindo, chifukwa cha ulamulilo wao wa mkanza sankafuna kumva. Zisanko kubwera anagwa. Ndiye ngati aChimwendo apanga U turn, it means ziri nhoooo. Kodi Malawi mkufuna nduna yoti mkayidzudzula yisamve mkwiyo wanu? Anthu chabwino mlibe. Chimwendo akhale pompo. Undunawu, ukumkwana zedi

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
7 months ago

Ndiye mwapangapo chani?

james
james
7 months ago

Nothing wrong we make mistakes when lilime as far has said sorry

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
7 months ago
Reply to  james

Koma ndiye 6 months yokha m’boma zopepesa zachulukatu, mumayesa phada eti???? mpira umakoma kuonera pa bench

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