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Msundwe case awaits court’s direction

The Women Lawyers Association of Malawi is insisting that it is waiting for the court to set a date to proceed with the Msundwe sexual abuse case.

Several women and girls from Msundwe, M’bwatalika and Mpingu trading centres in Lilongwe were allegedly sexually abused by some cops who were deployed to restore order in the area following a political fracas.

Members of the community had earlier killed in cold blood a police officer at a roadblock that the mob had mounted to stop people from attending a presidential function.

Following a public outcry, Police authorities instituted a probe into the incident but have since kept its findings secret, a move that is raising doubts on whether justice will prevail.

In August this year, the High Court ordered the Government to compensate all the victims following a separate probe done by various rights groups.

Efforts by Capital FM to seek an update have proved futile as authorities at the police headquarters keep dragging their feet while avoiding to provide concrete information.

Meanwhile, WLA Public Relations Officer Atupele Masanjala explains that the grouping is equally wondering on what is happening on the police side.

“As Women Lawyers Association we are not aware of anything that’s happening on the other end, we are not aware of any arrest that have occurred, but will be a criminal matter, so the WLA would not be in the best position to answer that, so we are currently not aware of anything on the front,” Masanjala stressed.

Masanjala added that following the compensation court order, the next court hearing will determine how much compensation will be given to each survivor.

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On his part National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera said they were given orders by the court and they complied.

Kadadzera however could not indicate if anyone was arrested on the matter.

“What I will say is there was a court order. So in this court order the police were commanded to submit some document to the court and we did submit the documents,” said Kadadzera.

The national police publicist, went on to stress that everything is currently in the hands of the courts, so they are also waiting.

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