Minister of Gender and Children, Disability and Social Welfare, I would go beyond lip service and act on the sickening revelations of the existence of a children’s ‘brothel’ in Blantyre’s populous township of Ndirande.
I would realise, if I were ‘Akweni’, that when children as young as 12 years of age are involved in sexual activities, it is an issue that requires my urgent attention as such dirty behaviour is not only a health risk to the children, but could also have far reaching consequences on their moral, spiritual and academic lives.
If I were my darling Pat, I would further realise that when children are involved in such acts, then I have every reason to worry not only as a responsible minister but also as a mother and a leader whom people look up to for guidance in such issues.
I would realise, if I were Kaliati, that people know me as a no-nonsense lady who would not let such a serious matter go without taking action. The first step would be to take the involved children’s parents to task for allowing their children to get involved in such disgusting acts.
I would also find out how a 12-year-old boy, said to be the leader of a youth cult called ‘Terminators’, came to inherit and run a brothel.
That is if only I were Hon. Patricia Kaliati, MP. Unfortunately, I am not, and she is only my valentine.