Minister Mtambo warns against sexual violence and Mob Justice

By Chimwemwe Milulu and Darrell Namasani

The Civic Education and National Unity Minister Timothy Mtambo has continued  his  community sensitization meetings with a warning to perpetrators of sexual violence and mob justice.

As head of the civic education cluster of the Taskforce that has recently been set up by Government to deal with the malpractices, the Minister held interface meetings with traditional leaders, peace committees and council officials in Karonga and Chitipa Districts in the Northern Region.

Hon Timothy Mtambo

During the meetings, the Minister urged people to champion peace and unity to compliment Government’s efforts to heal and transform the nation.

‘As a nation, we need to teach our children where we are coming from so that we can make national progress. We need an education system that is transformative to change our mindset so we can effectively deal with increasing cases of rape, mob justice and care for the environment,’’ he said.

‘There is more talk on people’s rights but less on responsibilities. The only effective way of addressing this state of affairs is to bring back Civics, as a subject,’ Mtambo added.

To promote unity and strong community systems that will ensure the preservation of our moral values as a nation, the Minister called for “a proactive and united society in our diversity.”

Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga said there is need for Government to promote continuity of development programmes and initiate projects that can address the prevailing moral decay in our society.

Mtambo with Chief Kyungu

Like other parts of the country, some communities in Karonga District have been involved in killings of the elderly on suspicion that they were practicing witchcraft

The minister also took opportunity  of holding a civic awareness meeting at Gwelewete to preach peace and Unity. The Minister has since united the two camps which have been in conflict over chieftancy in GVH Gwelewete. The Minister welcomed some of the Some of the returnees who escaped the village following the fight on chieftancy wrangle

Some of the returnees who escaped the village following the fight on chieftancy wrangle being welcomed by the Minister.