Women Lawyers Association of Malawi  says it is taking  Malawi Police Service to court over Msundwe alleged rape…

Malawi

Women Lawyers to drag Malawi Government to court

Women Lawyers Association of Malawi  says it is taking  Malawi Police Service to court over Msundwe alleged rape of girls and women in October last year.

Mark Botomani, Minister of Information

 

President of the association Tadala Chinkhwezule said the association has taken this decision after noticing that the Police has abdicated its responsibility and constitutional obligation.

Malawi Ombudsman Martha Chizuma

In a letter addressed to the acting inspector general of police Chinkhwezule says the inaction by the Police is depriving the women and girls who were abused their right to access justice and hence it is unlawful.

Chinkhwezule advised that there is need for the establishment of the Police Complaints Commission as the Police cannot investigate themselves in the alleged crimes.

Soon after the alleged rapes of women and girls the Police established a commission of inquiry to investigate the crimes. It has not come out in the open to announce the results of the inquiry till today.

In December 2019 the Malawi ombudsman Martha Chizuma asked the Police to investigate and prosecute the officers that were involved.

But Minister of Information Mark Botomani said in an interview that government view is that any action by the Malawi Human Rights Commission was subject to scrutiny because the institution does not have commissioners. However Ombudsman Martha Chizuma disputed this saying the Commission has the required legal status.