Minister for National Unity Hon Timothy Mtambo has pleaded with the courts to begin doling out stiffer punishments on perpetrators of violence towards the aged within the nation.
Mtambo made the plea in Mzimba the place he graced a workshop arranged via the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Public Trust.
The condemned mob justice focused on the aged at the pretext that they’re wizards and witches, describing the observe as a significant danger to the tenets of Malawi’s democracy and the success of the Malawi 2063 building schedule.
“The horrifying news, pictures and videos of the two elderly women recently accused of witchcraft in Mzimba challenges the entire nation to rethink our laws on mob violence and accusations of witchcraft. A nation that burries itself in unfounded beliefs, suspicions, perceptions and fears of the unknown fails to develop,” he stated.
“What is more horrifying is that such mob violence and mob justice occurs right in the presence of our community leaders, the clergy, CSOs and close relatives of the accused. The Police cannot be in every village to protect the rights of the most vulnerable of our population, especially the elderly. It is the duty of all of us,” happy Mtambo.
The minister emphasised that as a society, Malawians want to learn how to stay converting and refining their ideals and perceptions, particularly the ones in regards to the aged and the eventualities that problem their considering with a view to stay bettering their way of life.
He stated failure to provide an explanation for mysterious illnesses and deaths is an indication of lagging in the back of in medication and well being sciences as a country at the one hand, and loss of recognize for rights of each and every human being at the different.
“These mysterious deaths and sicknesses have sadly usually been blamed on either the elderly or the most vulnerable of our societies, or the rich whose wealth we fail to accommodate,” stated Mtambo.
Meanwhile, Mtambo has known as upon CSOs to champion powerful civic training programming to re-educate the citizenry, and the evaluation of the training curricula to take away what promotes unsuitable perceptions and ideology towards the aged.
Author: Nyasa Times