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MANEPO says Act needed to protect violent attacks of elderly persons

Written by  Joel Chiheni Phiri

The Malawi Network of Older Persons Organisation (MANEPO) has said government needs to develop an Act that will protect the elderly from being killed or discriminated against on allegations of practicing witchcraft.

One of the demolished houses One of the demolished houses
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MANEPO Executive Director Andrew Kavala was commenting on the violent attacks on the elderly in Nkhotakota on Tuesday on accusations of teaching some children witchcraft.


"What happened in Nkhotakota is not only regrettable but also shows a security gap with our systems which are failing to protect rights of older persons,” he said.


Kavala added to say the incidents in Nkhotakota were barbaric and has asked Police to strengthen Community Policing structures across the country to ensure that rights of the vulnerable groups are protected.


MANEPO has since suggested the need for the country to develop an Act that will protect the elderly from being killed or discriminated against on allegations of practising witchcraft.


"The pace at which older persons are being abused calls for immediate action towards the development of an Older Persons Act which will reinforce the implementation of the provisions," he said.


Meanwhile, Police on Wednesday arrested five suspects in connection with the incident and have since charged them with arson.


Nkhotakota Police Station Deputy Spokesperson Paul Malimwe confirmed the development saying investigations into the attacks were on going.


The irate villagers of Chitsulo Village, Traditional Authority Mwansambo in Nkhotakota accused the elderly of teaching children witchcraft. This led to the burning of the elderly persons' houses on Tuesday and some were beaten.

 

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