Wednesday, 18 January 2012


MALAWI: Youth Association for Democracy (YADEMA) have accused the Malawi Police Service for failing to rescue women who were harassed by Vendors for wearing trousers and mini-skirts by forcing them to undress.

On January 17th 2012 people in the capital Lilongwe witnessed what is called "an out of this world behaviour" by some men who went on a rampage unleashing terror on women dressed in trousers and mini-skirts a development which YADEMA has described as Terrorism according to section 2(b) (iv) of the constitution.

According to the statement released by the organisation it is reported that YADEMA members  who witnessed women being undressed disclosed that it was happening in full view of Police Officers who did not bother to rescue or arrest the so called Terrorist group.

"We condemn in strongest terms possible the Malawi Police Service for their failure to act where we most expected them to. As a matter of grave concern, the recent service we are getting from the police Service leaves a lot to be desired" said the statement which was signed by its chairperson Wapona Kita.

The statement said it is unfortunate that the Malawi Police Service is acting in such a way when Malawians’ memories are still fresh of how the police service failed to contain the rioting by Lilongwe vendors and government had to call upon the Military to take over.

The statement further mentioned another incident which happened in the commercial city of Blantyre where opposition Member of Parliament Hon Kunkuyu was roughed up and no arrests have been made up to date.

YADEMA said Malawians now feel more insecure than ever before despite having the police service which is lawfully entitled to prevent crime, apprehend offenders, protect life, property and fundamental freedoms and rights.

The organisation therefore demanded a serious soul-searching of what is happening with the Malawi Police Service for the laxity of failing to act as expected by the citizens.

YADEMA further demanded the Police Service through the office of the Inspector General to offer a public apology within 24 hours in particular to the women who have been subjected to the inhumane.

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