Sumbuleta

The High Court Judge Chifundo Kachale has reserved a ruling on the bail application by former Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Director General Aubrey Sumbuleta.

Sumbuleta through his lawyers, applied for bail before the High Court after his sexual harassment case was referred to the High Court.

However, Kachale on Monday reserved the bail ruling for May 17, 2021.

Sumbuleta was arrested on April 17, 2021 by Limbe Police in Blantyre.

He has been in police custody for over three weeks and will spend another week in custody.

The former MBC DG was arrested in Blantyre before being transferred to Lilongwe for formal charging.

He is accused of sexually harassing female employees at the public broadcaster.

His arrest followed recommendations from the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) which investigated sexual harassment allegations which were leveled against him.

MHRC found that Sumbuleta violated several human rights in contravention of the Constitution, the Gender Equality Act and International Human Rights principles and standards.

The Commission found that he sexually harassed four female employees at different occasions and places and the complainants had no consented relationship with him and he expected them to give in to his advances because they are women.

The Commission, therefore, ordered the Malawi Police to commence legal prosecution against him over the allegations.

The Commission advised the women to seek compensation for sexual harassment from Sumbuleta and has ordered MBC to compensate the women because the corporation does not have a workplace policy on sexual harassment.

MBC was also ordered to re-instated of the victims, who retired early after being ill-treated due to the sexual harassment.

Sumbuleta was fired at MBC for other disciplinary issues earlier this year.

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