Malawi Hunger: Women facing sexual abuse at Admarc depots

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Women across the northern region are being sexually abused by Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) officials for them to buy maize at Admarc depots, Malawi24 has learnt.

It has been observed that most of them have to leave their houses at midnight and head to Admarc depots with the hope that they will access maize at a cheaper price.

It is this very same time when some men with excessive libido highjack them on their way to the depot and forcefully rape them.

“When we reach at the depot around 2 am, some Admarc officials also find chance to ask us to sleep with them for them to make us access the maize easily,” said a woman at one Admarc selling point in Mzimba.

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Admarc depots where women are being abused.

It becomes hard for these women to deny such requests because they realize that without accepting the men’s demands, they may go home empty handed.

Another woman claimed to have seen her friend being coaxed to sleep with a man who claimed to be an Admarc employee in Rumphi.

“They say there is nothing for free these days thus for them to help you fast, you need to undress for them. This hunger is really killing our dignity,” she said.

This is not strange to the people who experienced hunger in previous years and were spending their nights at Admarc depots in Mzuzu. They said that one woman was impregnated by a man who claimed to be working for Admarc in the city.

“It’s at least good this year but in 2012 a certain woman was impregnated by a man who claimed to be working for Admarc at Bishop Depot,” said Martha Mzumara.

Admarc officials across the region refused to speak to our reporter saying they do not comment on such matters.

However, minister of information Jappie Mhango recently paid a surprise visit to some depots across Mzimba where related cases were reported and promised that government was to act on the matter soon.

He said: “We will make sure these women buy maize in good time to avoid such violations. We hear some officials beat up these women, as government we will not condone the malpractice.”

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  1. Women facing sexual abuse at Admarc depots?ine tikutsutsa chomwe ndikudziwa ndi choti azimayiwa ndi omwe akunyengelela anthu ogwila ntchito ku Admarc kuti agone nawo ndikupeza mwai ogula chimanga mwachangu.ndi mahule azimayiwo.leave Admarc officials alone

    • Corruption will never ever end coz it starts with government itself, unfortunately its affecting our ladies most coz weak men taking advantage of it thats rediculaus

  2. Chomwe chavuta kwambiri muma admark ndichinyengo, ogulitsa chimanga ziphuphu kwambiri nde azimai sali penipeni chomwe tingapemphe boma litithandize kuti zachinyengo zithe mmitsika ya Admark.

  3. Ndiye nanu atora khana mmalo moti mnene malo omwe zikuchitika basi mkungoti mzimba ndiye tiziti ndikuti kuti tipangepo kanthu

  4. Once de govt involve admarc in any activity expect dese nasty things. In my home area in Mchinji 4 de 1st tym access to low farm input, admarc ws nt involved but companies like Farmers World, NASFARM, Smallholder en others. De process hs just bn superb unlike previous yrs wen admarc ws given de task. To solve de above mentioned incidents, avoide using admarc in your area.

  5. Malawi will always be pure if we continue spearheading petty issues, We need to change our mindsets. lets put our priorities in context otherwise we have only liabilities

  6. kungoti sichifukwa chanjala chokhacho koma panopa atumbuka uhule wangowalowa mumtima even kuno ku lilongwe mahule akumapedzeka mmabala ndi atumbuka nthawi yawo yopamga uhule yangowakwanira mtumbuka pano chigololo anachimva kukoma eshii! Mtundu uwu chilichonse amafuna kukhala wani

    • AKUpanga zimenezi ndi azimayi achilhomwe omwe anapita kukapanga ganyu/utenant ku mpoto mumatobacco estate. azimuna awo alhomwe opanda nzeru akumawatuma kuti apeze chakudya mwachangu.

    • a pasadi tapangani check ma rates a HIV AIDs mmalawi kuti kumene ali high mkuti then come back and defend this foolish and racism speech..mwina muzindikila kuti ndi mabali iti yomwe anthu amagonana zedi mosadzitetezaso

    • a pasadi tapangani check ma rates a HIV AIDs mmalawi kuti kumene ali high mkuti then come back and defend this foolish and racism speech..mwina muzindikila kuti ndi mabali iti yomwe anthu amagonana zedi mosadzitetezaso

    • munyanya uhule anthu aku mpoto….nawenso #Nyasulu ukawafunse achibale aja kuti onse ali ndi #HIV anaitenga pogonana pokha??? simunati ma hule inu, mumafuna kukhala ozindikira pa zirizonse

    • Its an undeniable fact that people from the north are intelligent and have wisdom(this is why people from the south decided to introduce the evil quarter system of selecting students into the public universities).These people play good soccer too.Nsanje lekani anthu akummwera.Ndinu mbuli vomerezani.

    • Its an undeniable fact that people from the north are intelligent and have wisdom(this is why people from the south decided to introduce the evil quarter system of selecting students into the public universities).These people play good soccer too.Nsanje lekani anthu akummwera.Ndinu mbuli vomerezani.

      • I really feel sorry for my fellow Malawians, they become so inhuman when some pipo are in need of help. How can someone say,’ theres nothing for nothing, where did you buy your damn life?’. You seem to forget that soon you’ll need those very same people to vote for you, foolish government!, Mxii!

  7. Prostitutes are like that, they take hungry as an excuss even if you can give them everything they will remain like that so don’t tell me that they are doing this because of famine NO.

  8. Enanu mudangobadwa ndi mkhalidwe oipa omangofuna kuvula azikazi amnzanu asatana agalu thats why Mulungu wakwiya nalo dziko lapansi.Matenda Edzi mulinawowo mufuna mufalitsenso kwa anthu ena chifukwa choti mukugwira ntchito mu Admarc,otokhala ngati chimangacho mudzapatsa ulele,folkf and die anthu akhalidwe loipa

  9. I am inclined to acquiece the reality captioned in this post as hunger can make anyone to anything to have food. This should be a wake up call to those in charge to resolve this crisis amicably to save life.

  10. Agalu inu anthu kauri njala inu mukuti be era no tikudonyoleni zanjala mulibe nazo mtchito abomanso nanu mwango komana nonse agalu

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