NGO-GCN endorses HRDC demos

A network of gender rights activists, NGO – Gender Coordination Network (NGO GCN), has endorsed the demonstrations organized by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) against Msundwe sexual violence committed by the police, slated for Thursday.

HRDC will march to Police Headquarters in Area 30 where they are expected to present a petition.

Chairperson for NGO – GCN, Barbra Banda, said the network is in support of the demonstrations which are aimed at demanding swift action by the Police on their officers who sexually abused women from Msundwe, Mpingu and M’bwatalika in Lilongwe.

Meanwhile Banda has asked the police to name all the police officers involved in the malpractice and take proper action.

Banda said: “The only thing we know is the time frame of 14 days instituted by the police but otherwise there are no other substantive facts even when we know that the Malawi Human Rights Commission investigative report clearly said there were so many victims and that police did commit these atrocities and also police investigations confirmed the same so we believe that suspects can be arrested.”

In a similar development a social commentator, Emily Mkamanga, has also endorsed the demonstrations saying the police have failed to convince Malawians in the way the law enforcers are handling the matter.

The planed demonstrations by HRDC comes despite the Malawi Police Service announced on Tuesday that it will finalise its investigations on the matter within a period of 14 days.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lilongwe, Deputy Inspector General of Police responsible for administration, John Nyondo, assured Malawians that all police officers involved will be brought to book and therefore pleaded for patience.

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