Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda has called for an independent body to investigate police in Msundwe sexual assault allegations as government is complying with the High Court orders. “…the police cannot investigate themselves so we need an independent body to investigate the rape issue,” said the Minister.
So far, Banda the Attorney General and Police legal team have sought clarification from the court on the occurrence book because none of the reports have mentioned names, so there can not be arrests made on all officers that went to the area.
Last month, the Court ordered the police to compensate 18 women who were sexually assaulted by law enforcers at Mpingu and M’bwatalika on the outskirts of Lilongwe in October last year. High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda ordered that among others, the compensation for the sexual assault victims, the establishment of Police Complaints Commission, submission of the occurrence book to court and that the police investigate the case and submit a report to court within 30 days.