The Malawi government through the minister of gender, children, disability and social welfare, Patricia Kaliati, has condemned the increase in cases of gender based violence in the country.
The condemnation follows the shooting of a woman and her 13 year-old child by the woman’s husband in the commercial city of Blantyre on Monday.
According to reports on the shooting, the man shot his wife and step-child before committing suicide. The man is also reported to have accused his wife of cheating on him.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lilongwe, Kaliati said government will not allow gender based violence to continue in Malawi.
“As a minister I will not allow this to continue in Malawi. Most men use power to settle disputes and it is not acceptable in this country,” said Kaliati.
Kaliati further urged women in the country to be reporting cases of gender based violence to law enforcers.