Local rights campaigners are pressing Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda to resign over his public call to arms against rapists.
Chimwendo Banda is captured in a video clip circulating on social media instructing people at a political rally in Mangochi to physically deal with all perpetrators of defilement before handing them over to the police.
In a joint statement, the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation – CHRR and the Youth and Society – YAS are describing Chimwendo Banda’s conduct as a lack of respect to the rule of law.
The minister, who is Chairperson of the National Taskforce on Sexual Violence, insists that people who perpetrate violence and other evils on especially little girls need to be dealt with severely by the communities.
But the statement signed by CHRR Executive Director Michael Kaiyatsa and his YAS counterpart, Charles Kajoloweka, condemns the minister’s remarks saying they have potential to worsen the situation.
It highlights police statistics which show that 86 people were killed through mob justice in Malawi last year alone.
The two rights bodies further compel President Lazarus Chakwera to replace Chimwendo Banda at Homeland Security with someone who would respect the rule of law.