A placard of what some deem as obscene has sparked debate in Malawi after its carrier was arrested by the Police on Thursday.
The Lilongwe based woman was part of a solidarity march meant to raise awareness on the escalating cases of Gender Based Violence. She was released hours later after getting bailed out.
However, though some are still condemning the law enforcers over how they reacted to the placard others are praising them for taking action at the right time.
Many people have taken to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp to share their point of views.
Capital FM posted the picture on its Facebook page asking whether her actions warrant an arrest and it has attracted hundreds of comments and reactions.
Margret Tendai Mwale wrote: We Malawians need to be schooled on the difference between respect & fear. What I'm seeing is that men want women to fear them & not respect them. I have seen no applaud for this cause at all but condemning the woman for standing up for her rights. There's nothing wrong with that placard in my opinion as she refers to her own vagina. Women are raped by their boyfriends, husbands & others because the men feel women are their property & decide on when they want to have sex or not & that's why there raped, beaten & abused when they deny their partners sex.
Carolyn Caz Cranko Was brief: She has done a great job of making people sit up and take notice. Well done to her - message received!
And Brighton Break highlighted the legality of the message: Go and check in Malawi's penal code you'll find out that there is a crime, because the use of insulting language is a crime in Malawi. Now as you can see on the placard there are elements of the use of insulting language, which is a crime. The arrest is legal only that it's a misdemeanor.
Commenting on the matter Legal Commentator, Justin Dzonzi said the woman shouldn’t have been arrested as she was referring to herself on the poster and there is no law in the country which indicates such as a crime.
The Malawi Electoral Commission is appealing to candidates in the October 17 by-elections to abide by the Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Candidates which they are signatory to, during the campaign period.
The candidates can officially begin campaigning today, and the period is expected to end on October 15, two days before the polls.
In a statement, signed by the Deputy Chief elections Officer, Harris Potani, the MEC urges the aspirants to observe all electoral laws and regulations during the period.
The Malawi Electoral Commission has confirmed the eligibility of 19 candidates to take part in the by-elections.
Of the 19, 15 are men and four, women.
The aspirants presented their nomination papers to the commission last Friday, in preparation for the elections set to take place in three constituencies and wards in four districts of the country.
In Lilongwe, the by-elections will take place in Lilongwe Nsozi North Constituency, Lilongwe City South East Constituency and Mtsiliza Ward.
Residents of Mayani North Ward in Dedza and Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre will also be voting for a new councillor on the day.
The polls will also take place in Nsanje Lalanje Constituency.
Celebrations are continuing in the Nyasa Big Bullets camp following their winning of the Carlsberg Cup on Saturday.
They beat archrivals Be-Forward Wanderers on Post-match penalties in a final match played at the Bingu National Stadium in the capital city Lilongwe.
Millions of football enthusiasts tuned in on radio and television to watch the much anticipated match between malawi’s football giants.
The first goal came from the Nomads’ Jafali Chande 22 minutes into the game, before Muhammad Sulumba equalised for the Bullets in the 32nd minute.
Isaac Kaliati put the Nomads back in the lead before Nelson Kangunje equalised in the 75th minute from the penalty spot to make it 2-all.
After 90 minutes with both teams head to head, the match had to be decided through penalties where Wanderers’ Chester missed his spot kick.
This left leaving Kangunje with the opportunity to score the winning penalty to hand Bullets the trophy for the third time, matching their rivals who were the defending champions before the defeat.
This was the fourth time the rivals were meeting in the Carlsberg Cup final since its inception in 2000
“I’m happy we managed to lift the cup and this is a clear indication that we are on top of Wanderers this season in terms of derby wins,” a Bullets die hard remarked after the game.
A Nomad fan Isaac Nyirenda simply said,”We are not good at penalties during cup final. Look second cup final defeat in a season and this is painful to us.
The Bullets have taken home K12 Million in prize money and a trophy.
Representatives of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and leaders of some civil society organisations are expected to meet again this week over allegations of abuse of power by the party.
This is after their meeting on Friday ended in a stalemate in Malawi capital, Lilongwe.
The five CSOs, among them Youth and Society and Human Rights Consultative Committee, are demanding a refund of the money that the DPP allegedly solicited from some parastatal organisations during its fundraising dinner recently.
It is alleged that the party officials forced the parastatals, like the Blantyre City Council, Lilongwe City Council and Lilongwe Water Board to donate millions of kwacha at the event.
The party officials trashed the accusations, before initiating talks with the activists on the matter.
When the meeting convened on Friday, however, the party did not agree with some of the demands, which led to the proposition that the two sides meet again this week.
Speaking to Capital FM, Wesley Mwafulirwa who is a lawyer representing the CSOs said that the party needs to refund the money and also produce a list of those who donated and exactly how much it is that they donated on the night.
Reports revealed that DPP demanded money from councils and parasastals to fund the blue night event held at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
The reports sparked anger among CSOs who demanded a refund of the money in seven days.
DPP is on record to have denied forcing the parasastals and councils to pay the money arguing they did it out of their own will.
The Police in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe are keeping in custody a 44 year old man, allegedly trying to export and being found in possession of Cocaine.
The suspect identified as Matateu Manuel who is of Angolan origin was arrested at the Kamuzu International Airport in the city on Thursday.
According to the Airport’s Police spokesperson Sapulain Chitonde, Manuel was about to board a Kenyan Airways flight, on his trip to Kenya.
According to Chitonde the suspect used bottles of lotion and condoms in his bag to conceal the illegal drug but was caught after it was detected by a machine at the airport.
Currently, Matateu is in police custody and will answer charges of illegal possession of drugs which is contrary to section 11 of the 19th Dangerous Drug Act.