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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:09

'Only 6 defilement cases out of over 60 taken to court in three months'

Written by  Rose Mahorya

Mzuzu, September 13, 2017: Mzimba North District Child Protection Committee (DCPC) has endorsed formation of a task force to establish why out of over 60 defilement cases registered in the past three months only six have appeared before court.

The committee’s subcommittee which was given a task to review performance of the committee between June and August this year recommended the formation of the task force. 

Making a presentation to the DCPC Tuesday, Mzimba North District Social Welfare Officer, Edward Chisanga said the task force is aimed at establishing why few cases were taken to court.

“In our review meeting, it was discovered that one of the reasons is because offenders are either released on bail while in police custody even though it is against the law,” he said.

Mzuzu Child Justice Magistrate Lillian Munthali, who is also a member of the committee, said defilement was a serious case under the law and that mandate to grant bail is by court alone.

“If we talk of granting bail to cases of defilement, courts are mandated to do it. However, I must make it clear that there are some cases whose bail can be granted by senior police officers,” she said.

Chairperson for the DCPD, Evans Mwale said the task force will soon meet Mzuzu Police Officer-in-Charge and later Mzuzu court officials to seek clarification on the issue.

The task force comprises Mwale, District Social Welfare Officer, Traditional Authorities Jalavikuwa and Kampingo Sibande, District Commissioner and Foundation for Child Rights, a non-governmental organisation.

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