Pan-African Parliament seeks explanation on rising rape cases

The Delegation of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has asked authorities in the country to institute effective measures towards the protection of women and girls following rising cases of rape, defilement and gender based violence.

PAP acting President Djamel Bouras has sounded the appeal in Lilongwe during a meeting with the country`s Minister of Justice.

According to Bouras, PAP will take up the matter to both Speaker of the National Assembly and President Lazarus Chakwera.

“We will take our questions and discussions to his Excellency the President and we will as well discuss them with the Speaker of Parliament of Malawi.

“Because the protection of children and women and human rights are the core values that the Pan-African Parliament is working to enhance and to protect,” said Bouras.

Nonetheless, the legislative organ of the African union has commended Malawi for being a shining example in resolving electoral dispute through a democratic process by having a peaceful transition.

“Our goal and aim is to have stability and peaceful transitions in all the countries that’s why for us the example in Malawi is very important to follow and it`s one the core functions for us as Members of the Parliament to hope for peaceful transitions in all Africa,” said Bouras.

Responding to the appeal on protection of women, girls and children, Minister of Justice Titus Mvalo said his Ministry will work on enforcement of laws such that stiffer punishment are given to all the culprits behind the vice.

“But I think we are probably not being fats enough in dealing with cases of that nature when they come to court sometimes we get sentences which are lenient so with the judiciary we will be work on ensuring that these laws are enforced in a manner that should be a deterrent, should be exemplary,” said Mvalo.

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