Mob justice worries catholic body

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The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has expressed concern over the rise in cases of mob Justice in the country.

Reacting to the increase in cases of mob justice, CCJP Acting national secretary Martin Chiphwanya said the upsurge in the malpractice is worrisome to a democratic country like Malawi.

He said people are not supposed to take laws into their hands.

Martin Chiphwanya

Chiphwanya: We are worried.

“It is worrisome to note that people have resorted to mob justice whenever the alleged cases of theft, robbery and witchcraft are reported in communities while we have courts and police officers,” said Chiphwanya.

He urged laws enforcers and courts in Malawi to make sure they regain public trust since most Malawians resort to mob justice after seeing that the courts and the police can’t guarantee justice.

However, Mlenga Mvula, a spokesman for the judiciary told the media that it is wrong to blame the upsurge in mob justice on the courts.

“If any party is dissatisfied with judgement, they are even told ‘you are at liberty to appeal against this ruling.’ So they are given the procedures to appeal and the magistrate immediately writes those grounds and forwards them to the High Court. But none, if not few who come to say, ‘Ok I am appealing.'”

Mvula says most people engaged in mob justice are ignorant of Malawi’s laws.

He says his department is currently requesting funds to run a nationwide awareness campaign on how the judicial system works.

On his part, national police spokesman Nicholas Gondwa said police are also trying to educate people on how they could handle crime suspects.

“We are always on the ground doing community policing meetings,” he said. “We are sensitizing members of the general public on these things – mob justice – to at least prevent these things from happening. But people out there are deliberately giving us deaf ears, maybe to frustrate our effort.”

In three recent incidents of mob justice, 11 people have been killed and a courthouse has been burned.

The latest incident occurred on March 1 in Nsanje where a mob pounced on seven men accused of possessing human bones for witchcraft.

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  3. The justice system has been stiffled with injustice in the justice system itself. The justice system no longer inspires hope… hence rampant mob justice. Most people seeking redress from the justice system end up more frustrated and the offenders get back to challenge and inflict more pain on the victims. So there you go!

  4. We will never cease burning em thugs alive,,!! Mob Justice Association of Malawi, MJAM kkkkkkkk fully accredited by angry malawians,,!! Let it deliver its duties comfortablely,within its own framework, thus wat we call “scope of practice “,,,,,, let it b either a Win-win or a lose-lose game,,,, but not a win-lose or lose-win kind of a fucking shit,,!!

  5. Akazakuberani komanso kugwirira akazi anu ndipomwe muzaziwe kuti mob justice ikufunika.Osamangoti chigwire nyangazo chikupweteka pomwe akunenayo wakwera mumtengo akuziwa kuti iye ali safe.

  6. iwe martin chiphwanya ulibe mzeru okuba amabwera mnyumba kuba katundu kugwiririra amai ndi ana abambo ndikuwapha muthu woteroyo tikamugwira kupita naye kupolice two days wabwerako akuti amutulusa pa belo kuiwala zoti ziwalo za alubino anachosazo nayeso moyo amaufuna ndiye chomwe chiripo apa ndichoti akagwidwa anthu oterewa basi aotchedwe kapena kuwadula pakhosi ngati inu z a ccjp muli ndi nkhani mupite kupolice mukawauze mbwerera zanuzo chifukwa anthu ndiye tatopa

  7. Amene amatuma kuti anthu azikafukula maliro kapena azipha albino komanso kuti ufiti kulibe ndi a catholics. Izi amapanga pofuna kukwanilitsa ndi kuzipezela kapena kudyetsela ziwanda zawo ku gowa kuti ziziwagwilira ntchito bwino yosokoneza pa ziko pano.!!!!! Pa mmnya panu achiphwanya mbolo!

  8. Mob justice is the only solution to all these things happening in our country, it means we are eliminating thieves and we will have a peaceful country

  9. This is the only simplest, affordable,, fastest,, nicest way of eradicating inhuman behaviors of all kinds,,!! Police reliance iz absolutely old-fashioned,,Police service is brilliantly outdated nowadays,,!! Akapita kupolisi amakapatsidwako bail, anthu kumangodikira tsiku la milandu mpaka zakazaka,,!! Ukafunsa umva boma ilibe ndalama,,!! These culprits, murderers deserve death,,!! I ve heard there r plenty of prisoners who up to now hav not been sentenced,but still spending yrs there,,!! CCJP guys, i think most of them have never experienced a bad situation whereby either their frenz, relatives, neighbors had been fatally wounded or killed by these ungodly individuals,,!!

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