Sex workers body date pub owners as prostitute claim police brutality

Association of Female Workers over the weekend took Mangochi by storm when they met bar owners to sensitize them on the need to keep their premises safe for sex workers.

Chariwa with a bandaged thumb – Pic Shiella Kathewera

Chariwa showing the back where she claims she was hit by the blunt side of a panga knife – Pic Shiella Kathewera

Chairperson of the association Nenani Majawa told the bar owners who turned for the meeting that it was the responsibility of the owners of bars to secure their premises for the safety of the sex workers.

 “These commercial workers make money for you in the bars where they work,” she said.

She told the commercial sex workers to always go for tests for HIV/AIDS, TB and know their human rights

Majawa said her organisation has grown tremendously since 2016 when it was registered. She said the association now boasts of 3800 members.

Meanwhile, a 29-year-old n sex worker in Kasungu, Chimwemwe Chariwa, has raised claims that olice officers brutally abused her for allegedly selling stolen property on Wednesday last week.

According to Chariwa, one police officer asked her to help them apprehend a suspected criminal who has been eluding the police but heard that he often goes to the rest house to get sex services from Chariwa and others..

“Fortunately, the suspected criminal was a person who came to the rest house to ask for our services and we used all the ways we could to make the criminal busy while informing the police that the suspect was there.

“However, during police interrogations, the suspect said that I was the one keeping the stolen items,” narrated Chariwa.

She added that the police came to her room to search for the stolen items and after not finding the said property, the police started beating her up.

 Chariwa said she was taken to the police station suspecting that she had sold the stolen items.

“The police officers asked me to tell them where I hid the stolen items and I told them the truth that I am only a sex worker, not a thief and that l only helped to capture the suspect but do not even know where the stolen property is,” she said.

Chariwa said to her surprise the police officers beat her using the blunt side of a Panga Knife twice on her back and cut her right hand’s thumb which bled severely.

 “After beating me the officers told me to mop my blood which oozed on the floor saying it was contaminated with HIV,” added Chariwa.

She said two hours passed without the police issuing a report so that she should access medical help, and instead of issuing two reports for her so that one should be used at the hospital as reference she was given one.

She said surprisingly on Thursday, some police officers went to her room and gave her K10, 000 which they said was for the hospital bills.

By Friday, Chariwa had not been officially charged for any offence.

The issue however has caught the attention of Kasungu Civil Society Network (KUCSNET)’s Sikinai Mtenje who says they will follow the matter till justice prevails.

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A HUMAN RIGHTS CHOONDE MTHANDIZENI MAYIYU APATSIDWE CHIPEPESO CHOYENERA. NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF JOB SHE IS DOING DO NOT CONDEM HER, HUMAN RIGHTS IS HERE FOR ALL WITHOUT BIAS . NGATI MAYIYU SATHANDIZIDWA MABUNGWE A HUMAN RIGHTS ATSEKEDWE MZIKO MUNO ALEPHERA .. NTCHITO YANUTU NDI IMENEYI OSAMANGOLIMBANA NDI NDALE KUKAYENDA PANSEU.
IF YOU DO NOT ASSIST WE WILL ORGANISE A MARCH IN LILONGWE AND BLANTYRE AGAINST YOU PETITIONING TO THE RIGHT AUTHORITIES.

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kodi bar iliyonse izichita kukhala ndi mahule ake odikilila panja??? zimenezi ayi. Azikazi athu sakumasuka tikapita nawo ku mowa. Mahulewa apeze mabanja. eeeeeee! ayi!

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Mxiee!

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Ife nkhani iliyonse ya uhule sitiyifuna. ameneyedwe ndithu mpaka azasiye. munthu wantundu wanji womadyela kumatako???????

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Kwinanso kumakhala kupanda nzeru a polisiwo. For me already i see that the thug mentioned this woman to retaliate . the thug knew that the woman played a role in helping the police to arrest him. his mentioning of this woman is just to give her trouble. That should have been a consideration by the police. In any case they were supposed to question the woman but without brutality. Chonchi muzidabwa anthu akamaotcha ma police stations? ku polisi kwachuluka zitsiru zopanda nzeru

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Funsani Chimoto.

It was not fair kungoti a police adafa nzeru pang’ono .

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Many have always said Malawi Police is full officers of beast in nature. Those who do not work for but against the people they are meant to protect and serve. This is particularly because of weak discipline measures within the Police that largely come due to currupted leadership at the highest level. Just imagine, today, the Police is headed by one who is linked to the murder of Robert Chasowa and the president is happy with that. This is the Police We have, Shame!

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ZOCHITITSA MANYAZI NDI ZOMVETSA CHISONI KUTI MALO MOTI IFE NGATI MA HULE AGWIRE NAFE NTCHITO KUTI ADZIPEZA INFOR YOYENERA AKUTIZUZASO,APOLISI AMENEWO SITIWASIYA MPAKA ATALANDILA CHILANGO KUTI ASIYE ZOCHITSIRU ZAWOZO

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