Vincent Wandale sues Malawi Govt over forced medication


ZOMBA-(MaraviPost)-Self-acclaimed leader of People’s Land Organisation, Vincent Wandale, has dragged the government to court for forcing him to take medication at a psychiatric hospital as well as constructively dismissing him from the civil service.

Wandale’s lawyer, Oscar Taulo said they have logged the two complaints at the Constitutional and Labour Relations courts.

“On the first count, which is in the Constitutional Court, we want it [the court] to interpret whether it is right to take somebody to the hospital for a forced medical treatment,” he said.

In November last year, Senior Resident Magistrate Paul Chiotcha made a ruling after examining Wandale’s medical report by a psychiatrist at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) that Wandale was not fit to stand trial and ordered him to go to Zomba Mental Hospital for treatment.

On the other count, Taulo said Wandale was suspended and has never been paid since then.

“There was a time Mr Wandale was an employee of the government. He got suspended and he has not been paid anything to date. To us, we feel it is constructive dismissal,” he said.

Meanwhile, registrar of the court who doubles as the spokesperson of the Judiciary, Agnes Patemba, said she was not aware of the summons.

“Ask me tomorrow (Monday), I should be able to get that [details of the case] when I get to the office,” she told the Sunday Times.

Wandale, an interdicted civil servant, has been fighting for land rights for years and declared the independence of Mulanje and Thyolo over what he called the government’s failure to address the land challenges that people in the two tea growing districts are facing.

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Mulanje traditional leaders dare Akweni over Ngolongoliwa and Mulli

Traditional leaders under T/A Juma in Mulanje west constituency have asked the incumbent parliamentarian Patricia Kaliati, fondly called Akweni,  to stop uttering derogatory messages against Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa and cultural ethnic group Muhlakho wa Alhomwe...

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Traditional leaders key to fight against gbv in Malawi- MANASO

By Lusekero Mhango

Malawi Network of AIDS  Services (MANASO) has underscored the importance of involving traditional leaders in the fight against Gender Based Violence (gbv) saying their involvement is key to eliminating the vice in karonga.

Manaso made the call on  Wednesday during a stakeholders meeting that the NGO organized that was aimed at briefing various stakeholders on their just rolled out project in the district dubbed community led elimination of violence against women and girls.

Speaking in an interview following the interface meeting MANASO program manager Grace Massah, emphasized the importance of involving traditional leaders in the battle against gbv. Saying their role is vital in reducing the rampant gbv cases in the district.

She said, as chiefs are the custodians of culture it was crucial that they were fully engaged in taking a proactive role in censetizing their subjects on some of the harmful cultural practices that are fuelling the increase of gbv in  karonga.

“Chiefs are the custodian of culture and when they are seen speaking out against certain norms and beliefs that has lead to violence towards woman or girls in their respective communities somebody will be able to say no let’s change as our leaders are telling us we shouldn’t do these things,” Massah said.

She further added, among others the project aims at the transformation of social norms and cultural norms that are affecting women, girls and  minority groups in communities hence chiefs have been brought on board to achieve the main purpose of the project.

“A lot has been done on gbv but the component of culture and norms has not been captured as people are still holding norms against specific group of people due to age or gender hence our focus to eliminate such norms and beliefs,” she articulated.

Group village headman Benson Malema of Malema 1, expressed gratitude to MANASO for involving chiefs and local leaders in the fight to eliminate gender based violence in karonga.

“As chiefs and local leaders we should be exemplary in taking a leading role to sensitise our subjects on issues of GBV and the harmful cultural norms that are fuelling violence in our communities,” he said.

According to karonga police officer in charge deputy commissioner Brenant Chitanda the police is ready to support the project.

Saying they are ready to lend assistance  if issues arise within the project and will deal with cases in a professional manner.

With financial assistance from UN women MANASO has implemented the gender based violence project in 3 districts across the country Mulanje, Salima and Karonga where the project is being implemented in principle group village headman Katolola.

According to statistics from karonga police station on gender based violence, sexual and physical cases from January to May this year the police have registered a total of 26 GBV cases that include 13 defilement cases, 3 rape cases and 6 pregnancy denial cases.

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Three men arrested for allegedly passing fake cheque

Men Arrested For Allegedly
Passing fake Cheque – Police Recover 37 Million Kwacha Property.

The Anti-Motor Vehicle Theft Unit in Blantyre has arrested three men for allegedly passing valueless cheque contrary to section 319(D) and obtaining goods by false pretences contrary to section 319 of the Penal Code. Property worth over thirty seven million kwacha recovered.

The unit received a report on 28th March 2018 from Mr. Funani Yesani 50 of Nkando village traditional authority Juma in Mulanje a Parts Manager at John Deere LONAGRO Malawi Limited that a John Deere Farm Tractor green in colour chassis number 1PY5075ECHO44380, engine number PY3029T259713 valued MK20,720,000.00 had been stolen by unknown criminals who had passed a valueless cheque to the company as potential buyers.

However, the cheque could not be accepted by the banks and the three could not be traced.

The Anti – Motor Theft Unit embarked on an intensive investigation into the matter.

On 14th August, 2018 the three were cornered namely Francis Lumbe 33 of Mapunje village traditional authority Kunthembwe in Blantyre, Reuben Chimpanzi 24 of Mtokoma traditional authority Kwataine in Ntcheu and Wasi Khimba 24 of Kachenga village traditional authority Kalembo in Balaka.

The three led a team of investigators to Kasungu where the Farm Tractor and other equipments were recovered.

Other recovered equipment include a CAT diesel generator serial number GBYO1771 valued MK12, 123, 041.00 (twelve million, one hundred twenty three thousand and fourty one kwacha) which was stolen from Barloworld Equipment through same means in December 2017 and a Baldan ARHO4 Plough chassis number 00615187004001valued MK5, 378, 572.00 (five million, three seventy eight thousand, five hundred seventy two kwacha) stolen from Farming and Engineering Services (FES) on 17/01/2018.

All the equipment were recovered from Geoffrey Daison 43 of Kulima village traditional authority Ngabu in Chikwawa a transporter who runs Malinga Transport.

Companies and individuals who might have lost their valuable property through such means are being advised to report such cases to Police through the Anti – Motor Vehicle Theft Unit for assistance.

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