Pressure mounts on Minister Chimwendo to act on police officers who abused women

Home Affairs Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda  has come under immense pressure from several sectors of the general public, demanding him to act on a video showing police officers forcing women to whip each other.

Women were captured on camera whipping each other

According to video circulating on social media, police officers, who guards forests, found women collecting firewood in a reserve and, as punishment, they forced the women to whip each other mercilessly.

In the video, the women are seen whipping each other and there is one crying immensely and visibly in deep pain under the watchful instruction of the officers.

Writing on his Facebook page, renowned human rights lawyer Bright Theu said he is livid about the video.

Though he acknowledge the offence—picking dead wood from the reserve, Theu none of this [offence] begins to justify what was done to that woman.

“Hon. Richard Chimwendo Banda get on this and address the nation. The narrative from your office is as important as the action to be taken,” he said.

Theu questioned how, as a nation, can we debase and degrade our own kind and women for that matter in that way?

“What a callous and vile bunch of hoodlums masquerading as security officers! Those officers must be brought to book yesterday,” he said.

Another social media commentator Thandie wa Pulimuheya was charged why men have gone silent in rebuking the atrocities the officers have wrecked on women.

“So Honourable Ministers Nancy Tembo and Chimwendo Richard William Banda ngati kuli kotheka [if possible] please investigate who the policemen are that were forcing a woman to whip another woman apparently for being found in a protected forest burning charcoal,” she said.

She has since called for the suspension, arrest and imprisonment of the cops.

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Kambewa Ngozo
1 month ago

Foseki
The guards involved should face the Law. At the moment suspend them. No pay.
I do understand these guards sleep with the women and allow them to get fire wood.
Azimayi this is your issue you must fight for.
Unfortunately you just cry for position in government boards

Mkati mopanda panti
Mkati mopanda panti
1 month ago

The devil has xy chromosome. Enough said

Concerned parentarrest
Concerned parentarrest
1 month ago

Alot of our police…if indeed are police..are unprofessional and violent. These women need compensation. Searching for firewood to fend for their poor homes. This is sad. These idiots should be severely punished..castration

Vavlov
Vavlov
1 month ago

What the police did is barbaric and not fitting with the rule of law. Women face uncountable hardships why mistreat them like this for picking firewood when Norman Chisale who lotted billions we are told is being treated like a king. Is this democracy Malawi has been crying for? Law enforcers are targeting the poor and the weak. It is a shame. Those who harassed the women must be punished and the women should be compensated for the pain and humiliation

Gule Kwao
1 month ago

What about Nsundwe residents who killed a Police Officer, have they been arrested

Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
1 month ago

Unfortunately this is an extension of the atrocities MCP in league with Mtambo under the auspices of HRDC, coordinated by Mkaka and Chimwendo perpetrated overtime during the uncalled for torturing of Malawians living all over the country just recently. This is a hangover of the party’s behaviours from their previous failed regime. The scary thing is that the one in charge of internal security in Malawi is the same person who was in the forefront openly breaking the law. Now today the tables have turned but since your cohorts still think that is the best way to go about solving… Read more »

Chechinawa
Chechinawa
1 month ago
Reply to  Vasco da Gama

Bwana Dagama, bvuto lorembana ntchito pa chi Lhomwe ndilimenero. Kuti mufufuze a police onsewo adarembedwa ntchito nthawi ya clueless, dunderheard, yappie, incorrigible, imbecile and good for nothing Peter Matanyura Muthalika. So don’t blame MCP

Mwambalanganya
1 month ago
Reply to  Vasco da Gama

Lier. Am sorry to say so.

Nkhombokombo
Nkhombokombo
1 month ago
Reply to  Vasco da Gama

Don’t confuse things here, let’s only talk of this current barbaric action taken by these crazy Forest Rangers! Why ill treat these innocent women whose mistake was only to pick rotten or dry wood for firewood from the Forest Reserve???!! Shame on them!!

DRAKE
DRAKE
1 month ago

These women trespassed, they deserve the punishment. They are causing wildfires,deforestation and degradation

BigMan
BigMan
1 month ago
Reply to  DRAKE

You are clearly stupid, you shouldn’t have trespassed outside of the womb.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 month ago
Reply to  BigMan

Kkkkkkkkkkk come on Big Man. Snf yo make matters worse that firewood was gor cooking Nsims for us men to eat. Boiling water for us men to eat & yet we go that low on our own Mims. Sisters, Aunts, Wives & Daughters BUT why??????

chimbirajembe
1 month ago
Reply to  DRAKE

Are you happy with the agony which that woman lying on the ground went through? is that the kind of punishment we are going to subject to our women, our mothers?
Much as the environment deserves protection, but the way those women were treated is totally harsh.
Hon Chimwendo, I hope you will address the nation soon. Bring the perpetrators to book. We dont want another Gorongoza in Malawi.

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
1 month ago
Reply to  DRAKE

Let us learn to reason properly sometimes. Those poor women cannot afford to cook using electricity; which they may not have anyway, they cannot afford to own gas stoves neither can they acquire the gas itself; yet, they must have cooked food. There are no trees in their locality because they turned all their surroundings into gardens; which may not be enough either. Naturally, they have to eat just as any other normal person. Where is the logic, to have dead wood in a protected forest; yet, people around that area die of hunger due to lack of fuel with… Read more »

mtete
mtete
1 month ago
Reply to  DRAKE

Sounds like a DPP cadet. What are laws for? What a messy Malawi if anyone took the law in their own hands.
By the way, does Chimwendo require pressure to act? This is not DPP time when everything was referred to His Excellency bla bla.

LinC
LinC
1 month ago
Reply to  DRAKE

The most stupid comment of a decade. Nthawi zina mukasowa zonena kumangodutsa basi. This could be your mother…….think before you post stupid comments.

Mulumuzana
Mulumuzana
1 month ago
Reply to  LinC

It deserved to be called stupid. You sinned not by calling it as such

Nkhombokombo
Nkhombokombo
1 month ago
Reply to  DRAKE

You are just as barbaric as these crazy and hatefilled soldiers who take joy in beating and raping the innocent needy women fending for their family to barely survive! Musamati mwadala mkafika pa mwamba!!!!!!!

Kambewa Ngozo
1 month ago
Reply to  DRAKE

Foseki
The guards have no right to give such punishment.
A kuti the guards also sleep with these women so that they can get fire wood

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