The Malawi government through the Ministry of Gender, Disability, Children and Social Welfare has disclosed that beggars are to be given money as one way of empowering them.
Confirming the development, spokesperson for the ministry of gender, disability, children and social welfare Lucy Bandazi said funds are to be disbursed to beggars and street children so that they are empowered financially.
“Funds are to be kept together so that we can help them with little something that can help them to do an activity that can bring more money, we have also plans to train them on how they can empower themselves” said Bandazi.
This is a change in strategy from the government which earlier this year announced that it will arrest street beggars, street children, and their parents or anyone who procures and encourages them to beg on the streets saying that such acts are against Section 180 of the Penal Code which criminalises begging.
After the statement, Malawi Law Society (MLS) blasted government’s directive arguing that it was unsustainable and urged authorities to address problems that compel beggars to be on the streets.