Minister Kaliati storms bakery of Pakistan over sexual abuse allegations

Allegations have surfaced of sexual abuse and inhumane treatment against a staff member of Panda Supermarket and Bakery of Pakistan origin operating in Lilongwe, towards some Malawians which include allegations of rape of a 12 year old girl.

Kaliati captured during the surprise visit at Panda Supermarket (Pic by Sylvester Kumwenda)
Kaliati (C) talking to the shop manager (Pic by Sylvester Kumwenda)

The issue came to light when Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati on Tuesday late afternoon hours, paid a surprise visit to the premises, situated at area 47 Chitukuko in Lilongwe in a follow up to various complaints that reached her office against one of the people running the family business.

The allegations include sexual harassment, physical assault, inhumane treatment of Malawians, and a sexual violation of a 12 year old girl and a K1 million payment to suppress the matter.

However, when Kaliati stormed the shop, she was told by the man in charge of the shop (also of Pakistan origin), that the man purportedly behind these abuses had allegedly left the country for Pakistan.

“Every day we are getting reports that a number of people are being harassed here and sexually abused, including street children who are facing various abuses,” she told journalists.

“We have heard that he would urinate in empty energy drink bottles and throw these outside for the street kids to be taking them as if it is juice; yet it is urine. We have people who have been invited into this shop and suffered sexual harassment including a vulnerable girl from Mtandire (name withheld).

“A certain case was taken to Lilongwe police where K1 million was given to end the case. So we are tired of getting these reports of these abuses,” said the seemingly furious Kaliati.

Kaliati however, said this is just the beginning of the investigations to find out the whole truth behind all these serious allegations, and whether the man has really left the country or is being shielded.

She has since said her office through the Director of Social Welfare, Child Care Protection will engage the police and all other relevant authorities in a quest to bring all offenders to book.

“We have also challenged the person running this shop to know the kind of people he is employing following what is happening, otherwise we might close the shop because we do not want people to be harassed or sexually abused here,” she warned.

Kaliati also warned of following up on allegations of a staff member at Labour offices who suppresses complaints after receiving money.

The minister added saying government intends to make sure children are kept out of the streets to protect them from abuses, introduce needy kids on cash transfer and empower them with vocational skills.

Efforts to talk to the shop manager proved futile as he denied granting an interview.

However, Mana caught up with one of the whistle blowers identified as Master Chiyembekezo, who agreed to go on record to provide further details of the allegations.

He alleged the name of the man in question to be Tybu Raza, while the manager Kaliati had talked to at the shop was Kashif Raza. He alleged these to be brothers running the family business.

Chiyembekezo detailed a chilling account as to what has been happening behind the closets of the shop and how he signed for a K1 million payment to keep an alleged rape case out of court.

“He (Tybu) would, after taking Dragon energy drinks, urinate in the empty cans and pretend it was a normal drink and give it to guards to drink it. Sometimes they would deliberately put those in trash bins, which street kids would pick and drink, thinking it was an energy drink,” alleges Chiyembekezo.

“I know of these things, I was working there as a company manager and I just recently resigned.

The ex-worker also alleges of a young man (name withheld), a tyre fitter operating nearby who was also sexually assaulted.

He claims the younger brother at one time asked the victim to clean the toilet, and while there, started making sexual acts on the victim, removing the victims trousers promising him K50,000 for sex.

However, one of the damaging claims was the defilement of a 12 year old girl by the younger brother.

“He raped a 12 year old girl, the issue was reported to the regional police at area 3, but since they have money, they paid K1 million to the relatives for the issue not to be taken to court.

“I was there when the money was being paid. They refused to sign for the K1 million but I, as a company manager then, acted as a company representative and I was asked to sign payment for the money which I did. This effectively ended the case, but I was not comfortable with that,” he says.

He also claims of a case of a woman was also impregnated, beaten and subsequently lost both the pregnancy and her uterus.

“My resignation came after suffering abuses too. When this Taybu would be angry, he would shout at me, insulting me telling me to go and have sex with my mother, saying my sister smells badly.

“I started way back tendering in my resignation letter but they refused to accept it saying they could not afford to lose a good person like me. But it was too much to bear and I finally resigned,” he says.

Chiyembekezo said he is making the revelations to make sure justice takes its course, saying people are suffering in silence because of poverty.

He said he reported the issue to the ministry officials hoping proper investigations would be done.

“When some of these things were previously reported, money would exchange hands to end these cases. But this time around I believe the people handling this case now cannot be bribed and justice will flow,” says Chiyembekezo.

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Concerned Malawian
Concerned Malawian
9 months ago

Ooh no, Tonse Alliance Govt under Dr Laz and Dr SKC, please liberate Malawi from this mess created by the previous corrupt regimes. We need to own our country back, it appears anybody from these Amwenyes, matchaina and International organisations are taking advantage of Malawians. The guys of Indian origin are abuding our poor peope, sexual abuse, aiding corruption and untold hatred against owners of the continent We, Africans. The so called international organisations bring in fake and valueless experts who take away jobs for locals and add NO value at all ( Ministry of Labour , Foreign Affairs and… Read more »

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Arrest Mchacha for marrying or impregnating a small girl. He abused his position as minister. That is sex and marriage under duress.

Declaration of Victory and third Revolution

NGOs please take on Mchacha. He must have used or abused his position to impregnate and marry that young woman. What did he do before marrying her? He used his position and money. That alone is a crime.

Opportunist
Opportunist
9 months ago

Thanks very much honourable Kaliati for taking the Bull by its horn

Kandodo
Kandodo
9 months ago

Those of us who bother to read Malawi’s history will know that In the early days of Kamuzu’s rule in 1964 Kanyama Chiume was going around Indian owned shops threatening the Indians just like Kaliati is doing. As soon as Kamuzu’s found out from an Indian family deported to Rhodesia of what Chiume and Rose Chibambo were doing Kamuzu being the statesman he was immediately put a stop to this kind of nonsense. HE Lazarus Chakwera needs to put a stop to his Ministers going around like Kaliati and ask his Ministers to report wrong doers to the police, or… Read more »

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

Investigate all businesses belonging to these Asians as most of them are dirty abusers. Check the safety and conditions of all workers and arrest and deport all abusers. No za masewera in tonse government.

chigezero pure
chigezero pure
9 months ago

Will cabinet Ministers (Roy Kachale at Salima Sugar and now Patricia Kaliati) be the ones to bring such malpractices to a halt? I don’t think so, it will ne too much for them. Why not ensure that relevant government handle such issues. In this case just let the police or immigration officers handle these issues. If for some reason they willfully dont want to do their work take them to to task

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
9 months ago
Reply to  chigezero pure

If they involve police then DPP will claim it is witch hunting

MIKE
9 months ago

Mr Kaliati. I am sorry i hated u for bad publicity on social media but now i have a change of heart. You are our to five ministers that we can recomend to the president.

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
9 months ago

This is disappointing. I hope this is not the end of the conversation. The owner of the shop has the responsibility to protect his employees and to ensure they are working in a safe environment. He knew of the events happening and signed of a check to silence the case as such he has a case to answer. The owner should taken to court.

Muhammed
Muhammed
9 months ago

Being a Muslim,I am very saddened with this news….I don’t know when this issue was reported to government and why the minister did not take action at the time…now we hear the culprit is gone to pakistan. Please minister take a firm action straight away…this is not acceptable in our society…imagine if this young daughter of ours was his sister…

Chautaamalanga
9 months ago

Kaliyati-Please close the shop and deregister the company and send the Paki back home.

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