Blantyre residents send SOS over street kids

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A cross-section of concerned citizens in Malawi’s commercial City of Blantyre have expressed worry over the increase in crime alleged to have been perpetrated by street kids.

In a random interview with Malawi24, some people in the City said crimes committed by these kids include body attacks on the citizens and snatching of personal belongings especially hand bags and money.

Joyce Khoso, one of the victims who was once attacked by street kids, said that she met her fate around 5am when she was on her way to Blantyre Flea Market where she does a small business.

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Street kids in Malawi causing insecurity.

“Am one of the people who was once attacked by these kids. These kids are dangerous, they can injure or even kill a person,” Khoso said.

According to her a group of about 10 teenagers threatened her with small objects including knives and this forced her to surrender everything as was demanded by the kids.

Malawi24 has also gathered reports that there is a syndicate on the issue as some of the kids are sent by older men to do the malpractice in order for them to pocket what the kids have collect.

In a separate interview, Assistant Public Relations officer for Blantyre Police, Andrew Mayawo, confirmed that the incidences are happening but he was quick to say that currently they haven’t recorded any case involving on such attacks.

“Yes indeed it is possible that these malpractices are happening but the problem is that we have no records regarding the matter,” said Mayawo.

The number of street kids begging for alms have of late escalated due to rising levels of poverty, death of parents, and lack of parental care among other factors.

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16 Comments

  1. Bvuto ndi umphawi, tikaonetsetsa anawa tinabereka ndi ife tomwe, koma ka umphawi, chisamaliro chimakhala chobvuta, nchifukwa chake amathawa pa nyumba mkuyamba kupemphetsa apo ai umbanda kapena uhule, its our responsibility including de govt

  2. Whose kids are these? Yours, you and me. The major and number 1 push factor is ‘family breakdowns’ and irresponsible behaviour. There are some people who pride themselves in giving out kids but do not take responsibility. There is the cultural angle too. Cultures that have built strong family values have less children connecting to the street. No wonder, lobola based families have less names in the streets. Those omangotengana and no formalities have less family attachments and careless about the seed they scatter. Facts.

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