Inspector General of Police Dr. George Kainja has said that joint investigations on Nsundwe rape and defilement saga will proceed despite that the victims have been compensated.

According to Kainja, the investigations will be focusing on the criminal side of the story.

The police boss has also revealed that shortly, the Malawi Human Rights Commission, UNDP, Women Lawyers Association of Malawi and the police will sign a terms of reference.

He has also disclosed that the investigations have delayed as the stakeholders could not agree on some terms; adding the process will be finalized end of this week.

Yesterday, Women Lawyers Association president, Immaculate Maluza, confirmed that victims in the Nsundwe rape saga have been compensated saying the payment which is in millions of Kwacha marks the conclusion of the civil aspect of the case.

The development comes after the High Court Assistant Registrar, Madalitso Chimwaza’s ruling in May this year which he awarded the women compensation ranging from K4 million to K10 million each.

The case followed the conduct of about 17 police officers who allegedly raped 13 women, defiled one girl, and sexually assaulted three under-18 girls during an operation on October 8 2019 at M’bwatalika, Mpingu, and Msundwe locations in Lilongwe.

The operation on October 8 2019 followed the death of police officer Usumani Imedi, who was stoned by angry people in Msundwe area as they protested against the then-president Peter Mutharika’s planned political rally in the area.

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