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The British government, Malawi's largest donor, expressed its "dismay" at the sentences, but has not withdrawn aid.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

Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee will meet Thursday to ratify changes agreed at its symposium held earlier in the week that include  increase the number of teams at Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) from 16 to 24 as well as the timing of the tournament from January to June or July.

The proposals were made on Tuesday during a two-day CAF symposium on the continental game’s future in Rabat, Morocco.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has since hailed the changes, saying they are favourable.

“The proposal [to increase the teams] is very favourable as it gives more nations, Malawi included, a chance of qualifying.

“This will maximise the return on investment that governments and sponsors are making on national teams. It is value addition to sponsors as they want to benefit from investing in the national team,” said FAM president Walter Nyamilandu who attended the symposium alongside general secretary Alfred Gunda and Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden.

Once the proposal to change the tournament’s timing are ratified, Africa will align with the format of the Fifa World Cup and Euro Championship and will comprise six groups of four teams each.

The Nations Cup’s timing in January and February has long angered clubs in Europe, where many Africans play.

“That is the first thing to talk about—we can’t get away from it,” said CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.

“We have already had a lot of suggestions,” he added in his opening address.

An unprecedented number of players turned down call-ups for this year’s tournament in Gabon to stay with their clubs.

Embattled former Agriculture Minister George Chaponda finally made bail, after being nabbed in connection with the ADMARC Zambia Maize scandal.

Thousands of people, who flocked to the Blantyre Magistrates Court, withstood the sweltering heat, as they spent a good part of Thursday both within and outside the court to follow developments pertaining to Chaponda’s arrest.

Chaponda was arrested on Wednesday, alongside Rashid Tayub of Trans globe Produce and Export Limited, who is also suspected to have been involved in the ADMARC maize scandal.

Chaponda faces charges of corruptly performing public functions, misuse of public office and possession of foreign currency.

On the other hand, Tayub is to answer a charge of influencing a public officer to misuse his office.

Bail conditions will require Chaponda and Tayub to report to the ACB every fortnight, and also report to the ACB whenever they are about to leave Blantyre.

Apart from that they are also supposed to pay MK200 in cash as well as non cash amounting to MK2 million.

The case will return to court on the 9th, 11th as well as the 14th of next month.

This came after Chaponda’s lawyers were denied suspension of the warrant of arrest which the ACB obtained last week.

The Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Board is to take a new approach in its effort to recover outstanding loans from former students who attended public universities.

So far about 197 million-Kwacha has been recovered from former students.

Since its inception the board has been facing challenges in recovering loans as some former students are not willing to pay back.

The students being targeted are those who accessed loans between the academic years of 1985 to 2012.

The recovered 197 million-Kwacha, will be given out as loans to needy students in the future.

Currently about 1.7 Billion-Kwacha in outstanding loans is still owed to the government.

This has prompted the board to devise new ways of claiming back the money in the 2017/2018 financial year.

Speaking to Capital FM, the board’s Executive Director Chris Chisoni said that the board has put in place a policy which will make sure that it continues to engage with companies that employed former beneficiaries.

According to Chisoni the board has managed to collect the through collaborations with various stakeholders.

Media reports indicate that some students have dropped out of public colleges after they failed to source funds to further their education, thus the need for former beneficiaries to repay what they owe the loans board. 

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.

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