Women lawyers say hands tied over Msundwe rape cases

Women lawyers, who have been pushing for the prosecution of police officers who allegedly raped some women in Msundwe, Lilongwe say the women lawyers grouping is surprised with the prolonged silence on the matter.

The Women Lawyers Association of Malawi took the matter to court on behalf of the sexual victims.

Women Lawyers Association of Malawi spokesperson Atupele Masanjala said the association lawyers are waiting for the court to set a date to proceed with the Msundwe sexual abuse case.

She said the association is equally surprised that there is silence from the police as well on the matter.

Several women and girls from Msundwe, M’bwatalika and Mpingu trading centres in Lilongwe were allegedly sexually abused by some police officers who were deployed to restore order in the area following a political fracas.

Members of the community had earlier killed in cold blood a police officer at a roadblock that the mob had mounted to stop people from attending a presidential function.

Following a public outcry, police authorities instituted a probe into the incident, but have since kept its findings secret, a move that raises doubts on whether justice will prevail.

In August this year, the High Court ordered the government to compensate all the victims following a separate probe done by various rights groups.

Police have refused to comment on the matter.

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The Patriot
7 months ago

No action will be taken because there was no rape. It was a set up by Hrdc and and Hrdc sponsors to tarnish the image of the MPS and Dpp. Period. LC akane apa Mulungu amukanthe.

Domingos Matondo
Domingos Matondo
7 months ago

Information is an important constituent in good governance. The Tonse Government is yet to take information dissemination seriously. For example, we have been enjoying weekly briefs from the State House but that’s only 5% of what Malawians needed to hear on a weekly basis. We need to know what is going to happen to the police officers who raped our innocent women in Nsundwe. We need to know the status court cases on Albino killings especially those that concern Mai Chisale, Peter Mutharika and Dr Ntaba. We need to know what is happening in the ministries – labour laws, reforms… Read more »

Zio ine
Zio ine
7 months ago

Don’t be surprised most of the police officers are from the central region and related to Chakwera. Believe me no action will be taken on them

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