President Chakwera’s trusted son-in-law Kampondeni

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Very insensitive! Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera’s most trusted son-in-law who is also executive assistant, Sean Kampondeni, has endorsed Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda’s calls for community members to torture suspects of rape and defilement before handing them over to Police.

Kampondeni, State House Director of Communications responded in solidarity post on social media backing what Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda said at a political campaign rally in Mangochi on November 29, 2020.

In a leak social media video, Chimwendo who is also leader of government business in Parliament is heard urging people that they should be beating suspects of rape and defilement before handing them to law enforcers as he believes this would deter would be offenders.

And in his Facebook post on Wednesday night, December 2, 2020 Kampondeni commended the remarks made by the Minister responsible for the ministry which protects the lives of the Malawians.

He argued that Chmwendo showed that he is angry over the rise in cases of rape and child sexual abuse in the country.

“In the debate about the propriety of Hon. Chimwendo Richard Banda’s remarks about what communities should do to rapists, it is worth commending the Minister for the propriety of the rage with which he made those remarks.

“There are too many men not angry enough about rape to lose their decorum, and that’s also a problem. As King David said, we must love righteousness so much as to become undignified in its defense,” reads the post.

Since the Minister made the remarks, there have been overwhelming reactions with some human rights organisations and individuals asking him to retract his comments and resign from the cabinet which he has refused.

But Youth and Society (YAS) and Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR) on Tuesday asked the Homeland Security Minister to step down for his remarks which the two bodies say are encouraging mob justice in the country.

President Chakwera who also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader is yet to comment on the matter.

Chakwera has been struggling to make decisive decision towards his aids’ misconduct that others have said he is loosing grip of power slowly.

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