Jul 21, 2017 Last Updated 2:00 PM, Jul 21, 2017


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A legal expert is of the view that police officers, who circulated pictures taken recently, of a man posing as a woman, should be prosecuted.

Chairperson of the Malawi Human Rights Commission, Justin Dzonzi has told Capital FM that circulating the images on social media was in breach of the Suspect’s right to Privacy.

Kanengo police publicist Salome Zgambo Chibwana identified the man as Von Gomani.

Chibwana said Gomani, whose looks were deceiving as he could easily be mistaken for a woman, had been using that to deceive men.

Last week Gomani dressed up like a woman, wore hair extensions and stood along Kaunda road in the capital city.

“A man later took him thinking he was a woman.

They went together and booked a room.

It was in that room that the other man noticed that the person he picked is not a lady but rather a fellow man,” Chibwana explained.

She added that Gomani, 19, was then taken to police by the same man who had picked him up who said he felt cheated and suspected that the fake prostitute had wanted to steal from him. 

Gomani was then arrested on charges of soliciting immoral purpose, which is contrary to section 180 of the Penal Code.

Images of the man, dressed as a woman, and wearing make-up, have been making rounds on social media, stirring debate among the public.

Though some have praised him for his bravery others believe that the man might be a transgender.

Efforts to speak to the police on the matter proved futile.

In late 2009 a gay couple was arrested in the commercial capital, Blantyre which lies about 400km from Lilongwe.

Trans woman, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, and a man, Steven Monjeza, were arrested after holding a traditional "engagement" party.

On 18 May 2010, they were found guilty of having committed "unnatural offenses" and "indecent practices between males".

 On 29 May 2010, then President late Bingu wa Mutharika pardoned both individuals

The case sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country.

The British government, Malawi's largest donor, expressed its "dismay" at the sentences, but has not withdrawn aid.

On 17 April 2015, The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law came into force and banned all same-sex marriages and unions in Malawi.

While the law was praised for raising the minimum age of heterosexual marriages from 16 to 18, it was at the same time condemned for the exclusion of homosexual couples and for its language stating that one's gender is assigned at birth.

Only 10 out of 52 countries in Africa have legalised homosexuality.

The Police in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, have arrested three men for being found in possession of assorted medical drugs.

The three are Hanika Chapolondana aged 45, Yoweli Themba, 26, and 65-year-old Moses Njobvu were arrested on monday.

According to reports from the law enforcers,  they received a tip off that the suspects were selling the medical drugs in areas within Msambo and Chiwamba.

Upon receipt of the information, an official of the Central Region Police Drug Section, Agness Mwabumba and her team accompanied by Pharmacy and Poisons board officials, managed to arrest the culprits and seized the said medical drugs.

In a related development, police also seized assorted medical drugs from the residence of assorted medical drugs were seized from the residence Harrison Kaluma in Chiphwanya Village in the district.

Facts are that police received information that the suspect usually administered and sold drugs at his house.

Unfortunately the suspect was not at his house when the officers and officials from Pharmacy and Poisons board raided the place.

The suspects will appear before court soon, to answer the charge of Being Found in Possession of Medical Drugs without Authority, contrary to section 45 (1) as read with section 65 (1) of the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Act.

Police are however appealing to the general public to bring forth information regarding the whereabouts of Kaluma who is still at large.

Residents in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe are expressing mixed reactions to revelations that water running from taps in some areas in the city is sewer contaminated.

The Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) confirmed the development on Tuesday, advising residents not to use the water until further notice.

Pictures on social media show buckets of dirty tap water, brown in colour.

The Lilongwe City Mayor Desmond Bikoko took to Facebook urging residents not to drink tap water.

Some people commenting on a facebook post by the board expressed anger with the news, with one calling for compensation and coverage of medical bills for those affected.

Another suggests that the board be sued for negligence.

Other people however feel the situation is beyond the board’s control.

They commend the board’s representatives for quickly acknowledging the problem.

Meanwhile, some residents seem convinced that this is not the first time that they have been exposed to sewer contaminated water.

Just this week, a Member of Parliament, Alekeni Menyani, was quoted by local media as saying, he and his family do not drink water supplied by the board, apparently due to fears of contamination.

Silver Beat Bullets

Silver Strikers on Sunday beat Nyasa Big Bullets 2-1 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Victor ‘Vibre’ Limbani opened the scoresheet for the Bankers against his former team in the eighth minute before Mathews Sibale added the second in the second half.

However, Bullets fought on and reduced the arrears late into the game through Chiukepo Msowoya.

Following the win, Silver are eighth with 14 points from eight games while Bullets are sixth with 15 points from 10 matches.

Be Forward Wanderers recovered from their first loss of the season against Civil Sporting Club on Saturday to beat rookies Masters Security 1-0 on Sunday at Dedza Stadium.

Precious Msosa scored for the Nomads who now have 22 points from nine matches.

Second-placed PremierBet Wizards failed to bag maximum points in Dwangwa Nkhotakota after going down 1-0 to Mafco FC on Sunday.

They beat Dwangwa United 2-1 on Saturday and they now have 18 points from 10 matches.

Moyale Barracks and Blantyre United played out a 1-all draw at Mzuzu Stadium.

Ibrahim Sadiki scored first for United in the 23rd minute but it was cancelled by Lesman Singini with two minutes to full time.

Officials from the Malawi Police Service are defending the use of teargas in controlling crowds, amid growing criticism from the public.

The criticism follows what the public refers to as a tendency of using teargas in crowd control, even in unnecessary situations.

The Police were recently accused of putting lives of children at risk by firing teargas during the pupils’ protests in Lunzu, Blantyre.

In a latest incident, the Police fired teargas to disperse the crowd that was scrambling to enter the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe to watch a free for all football game during activities marking the country’s 53rd Independence anniversary.

Speaking to Capital FM, National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera, disclosed that they do not plan to use the teargas, it is usually situational and not meant to cause any harm.

However a preliminary inquiry has indicated that the major cause of the stampede is that the gates at the stadium were opened late.

According to Kadadzera Inspector General Lexten Kachama has put in place a committee to come up with a full report to clearly state what happened on the day which led to the death of eight people mostly children, leaving 62 others injured.

“The committee which comprises of senior police officers is currently gathering information to put in their report pertaining to the stampede.

“The committee is being led by professional police officers who will not be compromised and will work independently and with integrity that will in no way compromise the findings of the final report,” Kadadzera explained.

Critics believe the law enforcers should explore other ways of controlling crowds, like it is done in other countries, arguing that the use of teargas worsens situations, thereby leading to loss of lives and injuries.

When asked when whether they accept the blame being piled on them from the public, Kadadzera said that will be known when the final report is released by the committee.

He then went on to say that primarily the stampede is said to have been caused by the delay in the stadium managers from opening the stadium gates.

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