3 September 2016 Last updated at: 6:33 AM

Malawi sex cleansing practices: NGO to conduct ‘Hyena must die’ campaign

A non-governmental organisational which works with children says it will conduct a Hyena must die campaign to deal with the hyena culture in Nsanje district.

Eric Aniva Malawi HIV positive man given K2000 to sleep with children

Eric Aniva was hired to sleep with over 100 young girls.

The organisation, Centre for Children Affairs, says the campaign will be conducted from 9 to 10 September 2016 in Nsanje where government officials, chiefs, girls, and other villagers will be present.

This is coming weeks after President Peter Mutharika ordered the arrest of Eric Aniva who admitted to have been hired as a hyena to sleep with over 100 girls.

Speaking to Malawi24, national coordinator for Centre for Children Affairs Moses Busha said the summit is aimed at abolishing the hyena culture by involving duty bearers like chiefs.

Moses Busha

Moses Busha we want the practices to end.

“We are going to conduct a summit in Nsanje which will involve 100 girls from schools and all nine chiefs so that we end the culture of hyena,” said Busha.

He argued that anything to do with culture cannot be dealt with guns or the constitution and the better way is to use chiefs.

According to Busha, the two day summit will start with girls only and on the second day a communique made together with chiefs will be presented to the minister of culture.

He further said that the summit will recognise intelligent girls and award them so that they should be ambassadors of culture.

Among other activities during the campaign will be a solidarity march in the district where chiefs and community members will be present.

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