UN women backs Mutharika on ‘hyena’ arrest

While some Malawian social and legal commentators have faulted President Peter Mutharika for ordering the arrest the self-confessed  sex predator r Eric Aniva ‘’the Hyna’’, the UN Women, an agency of the United Nations in New York has issued statement in support of the President’s action describing it as a demonstration of strong commitment towards protecting women and the girl child.

Aniva: All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman.
Aniva: All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman.
Mlambo-Nqcuka: Hail Mutharika
Mlambo-Nqcuka: Hail Mutharika

In the Statement, the UN-Women has applauded President Peter Mutharika for taking a swift action on the Nsanje man who confessed to have been sleeping with widows and under-aged girls in a cultural initiation into adulthood.

Aniva was arrested last week, after appearing in the media several times claiming that he has slept with 104 girls and women in cultural rites and that he was being hired to do the ‘‘job’’ He also confessed to be HIV-positive and that he does not reveal this fact to his clients.

In a letter addressed to the President, UN Women Under – Secretary-General and Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Nqcuka applauded President Mutharika for taking a swift action on Aniva.

“Your Excellency’s quick action and bold response on the matter demonstrates a strong commitment on the protection of women and girls rights. It shows that you are a true champion of the HeforShe campaign,” she said.

She added that it is pleasing to note that the government has taken such a stand against harmful cultural practices that put the lives of women and girls at risk.

“I wish to commend the government of Malawi for taking such a strong stance against harmful traditional practices particularly on early child marriages and sexual initiations of girls, and that legislation is being put into effect,” said Ms Mlambo-Nqcuka.

She has since pledged the organisation’s support to the government in promoting the rights and freedoms of women.

The UN Women chief also urged the government to pursue a long-term and coordinated approach towards the sexual initiation of young girls.

Aniva remains on remand at Nsanje Prison after he was denied court bail early this week.

Back in Malawi the Presidents directive to have Aniva arrested drew mixed reaction with a known legal scholar questioning the powers the president used to order the arrest.

Social commentators were also divided; other applauded the Presidents move while others defended Aniva citing cultural reasons.

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5 years ago

You are denying Aniva a right to engage into economic activity to earn a living ( his constitutional right) and send his children to school. Ultimately his children are going be illiterate.

Mr Aniva clearly said that he was paid for the job and people were satisfied. In this case seller and buyer were all happy. Is such a transaction illigal. Why were people going to him and not any other men in area.
Who introduced or recommended him.

You people should be very thankful that Aniva man publically confessed this, otherwise it is normally held as secret by elders.

5 years ago
Reply to  Achimidzimidzi

You are an idiot

5 years ago
Reply to  Achimidzimidzi

You’re missing the point.
1) The man is having sex with children so your ‘buyer/seller’ satisfaction argument is completely irrelevant. 2) He is HIV positive and (knowingly) spreads it to young girls who will then spread it to future spouses and later, their children, thus contributing further to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
3) If you watched the original BBC interview, it wasn’t actually a ‘confession’. He was proud of what he did.
4) Get yourself an education

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