Women lawyers drag Malawi police to court over Msundwe cops-perpetrated sexual violence

Women Lawyers Association (WLA) of Malawi says it is taking legal action against the Malawi Police Service over its officers who allegedly raped women in and around Msundwe area along the Lilongwe-Mchinji Road in October last year.

Chinkwezule: Police inaction is unacceptable

The association’s president  Tadala Chinkwezule says the women lawyers have been compelled to take the legal action because “the police has clearly abdicated its responsibility and constitutional duty”.

In a letter addressed to the acting police Inspector General Duncan Mwapasa, Chinkwezule says the inaction by the police is wrong, illegal and unlawful and deprives the concerned women and girls of their right to access justice.

But police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in an interview the office of the acting Inspector General is yet to receive the letter.

“Until the office receives the letter, we will not comment,” said Kadadzera.

Police say they have launched a criminal investigation into the rape allegations against some of its officers following a Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) report.

The police are yet to make public its own commission of inquiry report prompting Chimkwezule to demand the formation of a police complaints commission to handle all complaints against the police as the law enforcers cannot investigate themselves.

MHRC investigation  established that some police officers raped and sexually abused 17 women on October 9 last year at Mpingu and M’bwatalika trading centres around Msundwe in Lilongwe.

In its report, MHRC said it established that police officers raped 13 women, defiled one girl and sexually-assaulted three under-18 girls during their October 8 2019 operation around the area.

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani, dismissed the report from the tax funded rights commission  it on the basis that MHRC had no commissioners in place.

However, Ombudsman Martha Chizuma, an MHRC ex-offio commissioner, dismissed the minister’s assertions, arguing that Section 130 of the Constitution mandates her office and the Law Commissioner to operate as commissioners in the absence of a full commission.

The European Union on December 26 also demanded “swift and decisive” reaction from authorities on police officers accused of perpetrating sexual violence in the affected area.

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Hmariwa
Hmariwa
8 months ago

very beautiful lawyer and not ZIMABUMA ZIJA TIMAONA

Restings
Restings
8 months ago

So you think they were really raped kkkkkk

Peter
Peter
8 months ago

Why can’t you use your money to buy food for people in need? Somebody died nobody is talking about investing in that

M'Malawi
M'Malawi
8 months ago

Good job WLA, osati ma cadet ali ku malawi law society

anthu
anthu
8 months ago

WLA needs to be upgraded to ranks of MLS or above. Your qualifications are worth it. Sizinazi

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago

Thank you so much WLA for your initiative to help the helpless poor msundwe women whose human rights were obviously violated not only by the police but by the DPP led govt as a whole. The silence from the commander in chief who until recently had not commented let alone condemned the alleged appalling police actions is clear evidence that the govt was happy with how the DPP cadet infested police force conducted their operation at msundwe. Msomba imayamba kuola kumutu, this president has clearly shown that he is not a father of the nation…..if this rape issue had happened… Read more »

Hmariwa
Hmariwa
8 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

These women lawyers are very wiser than white and his friend. KUKHALIRA KUBA BASI. TSONO AZANGA NDI INE ANGOKHALA KUMBUYO KUMAWINGIRA NCHENCHE

emmanuel mussa
emmanuel mussa
8 months ago

how about the police killed why cant you fight for the truth about cops death why only fueling the alleged defilement?

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago
Reply to  emmanuel mussa

Nobody is suggesting that the killing of mr imedi was not a criminal offence …..the problem here is that the DPP cadet police force used the killing of mr imedi as an excuse to rape the msundwe women. And as result instead of us talking about the killing of an innocent police officer we are now talking about the rape issue becoz this is not only a human rights violation Issue but also a police brutality and mob justice issue. It is the same police that preaches to all Malawians not to do mob justice to criminals becoz everyone is… Read more »

Nabetha
Nabetha
8 months ago
Reply to  emmanuel mussa

YOU SHUT THAT MOUTH, THESE WOMEN COULD EASILY BE YOUR DAUGHTER, SISTER OR YOUR MOTHER.

Mandado@147
8 months ago
Reply to  emmanuel mussa

Because the police acts fast when its one of their own or opposition! But for the poor they need more help for justice for obvious reasons. For Late Imedi, Dausi Mwapasa has all the resources to fight for him but the poor girls have nothing but evil regime trying to cover their ass from justice.

anthu
anthu
8 months ago
Reply to  emmanuel mussa

kkkkk I hope they will do it after completion of the following list: Chasowa, Jaunja, Buleya, etc

bae
bae
8 months ago
Reply to  emmanuel mussa

a policeman from Salima got killed at Goliati in Thyolo and the were no raping of women there

Mtete
Mtete
8 months ago
Reply to  emmanuel mussa

Men Lawyers can take up the ‘slain police’ case

Mundali
Mundali
8 months ago
Reply to  emmanuel mussa

some people were arrested already for the killed cop and the suspects are facing justice

Opportunist
Opportunist
8 months ago

💯% correct

Mtete
Mtete
8 months ago

Please exclude Jane Ansah and Seod White from your Association

Hmariwa
Hmariwa
8 months ago
Reply to  Mtete

Jane and seod are already DDP Cadets. dont waste your times hence are paid with our Taxpayers money.

andy
andy
8 months ago

The names of all police cadets on duty that day are available on social media.

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