April 13, 2015
Malawi minister of gender Patricia Kaliyati has ordered authorities in Ntcheu district to re open Mama’s shabeen, a brothel closed last month.
Kaliyati gave the directive after the owner of the brothel Rabecca Bakuwa dressed in ruling Democratic Peoples Party regalia at a youth open day in Ntcheu west confessed in front of the minister that she will no longer run a brothel but just a bottle store.
Bakuwa confessed in her speech that:- “My business has been affected, I want to run the bottle store only, so that I should atleast have something to bring food on my table.
“I will never operate the brothel again apart from the bottle store.”
The minister immediately grabbed the microphone before her turn to speak, to respond to Bakuwa’s confession.
“It takes a gentle lady to say sorry in public, and I ask the officer in charge for Ntcheu and other stakeholders to re open Mama’s shabeen immediately,” ordered Kaliyati.
This did not however please some children rights activists, who said the directive is un procedural.
Youth net and counselling (YONECO) district manager for Ntcheu Sewenthe Chipopsya Mahwayo told this blog that things have not changed on the ground.
“We have a liquor board in Ntcheu that was supposed to visit Mama’s shabeen together with other responsible stakeholders, before reopening,” said Mahwayo.
She said many of the young girls who were at the brothel are in other bottle stores at Ntcheu boma, hence a need for a round table discussion with all bar and bottle store owners.
Its only a month since the shabeen was closed, after the media exposed that there was a brothel.
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