Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati,Wednesday ordered Ntcheu police to close Mamas Shabin beer drinking joint in Ntcheu for commercial sex promotion amongst girls.

Speaking during a public awareness creation at Kanyemba Village in the area of Senior Chief Kwataine in Ntcheu, Kaliati said the malpractice is against government’s efforts of promotion of human rights, child protection and girls’ education among others.

“As government, we have put in place legislations which aim at ensuring that girls and women are protected from various abuses including sexual assault, but such malpractices counteracts the legislations,” said Kaliati.

Kaliati ordered the shabin to be closed immediately failing which she could close the place on her own and called on the police to act on her directive.

Kaliati then advised parents and guardians to be taking care of their children and promote good cultural initiation and counselling sessions to ensure good upbringing of their children.

She warned women against concealing information which could lead to revelation of sexual harassment.

“Some girl children are sexually harassed with the knowledge of their mothers either by their biological or step fathers and some women decided to remain silent,” said Kaliati.

She said such silence does more harm than good to the girls and such girls in the process fail to enjoy their rights to education and good health among others.

Kaliati also disclosed that government intends to introduce cash transfer programme in Ntcheu as a way of reducing the effects of poverty in the district, adding that the programme will in one way or the other contribute to child care promotion in poverty stricken households. mana

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