The Malawi Government has hit back at critics of its decision to arrest parents of street kids in the country.
The exercise was expected to start next month but did not go well with some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who suggested that government should stop the process.
The organizations were lobbying that government should provide a tangible solution to the matter rather than arresting the beggars since poverty forces them to stay in the streets.
However, principal secretary in the ministry of gender, children and social welfare Mary Shawa said government will not reverse its decision since it is following the Child Care Protection and Justice Act.
“The organizations who are against this process must read the Child Care Protection and Justice Act which stipulates that parents who had failed to take care of their children must face the law,” said Shawa.
According to the ministry, government previously targeted the children but it later realised that parents send their children to beg in the streets.
And that is why the ministry resolved to start removing street kids and arresting parents of such kids as well as those who give money to beggars.
She urged the organisations to work together with government by forming organisation where street kids will find help.
According to government findings, Out of 4,400 street kids in the country, only 400 kids do not have guardians while the others choose to go beg on the streets.