Women and Law in Southern Africa (Wilsa) Malawi Chapter has condemned the police for what it described as selective justice following the brutal beating of a maid, Mercy Mapundu, allegedly by her boss Cicel Green for unknown reasons.
The police have since said they are looking for the suspect and that the law will take its course.
Mapundu, who worked as a housemaid at Green’s house in Zingwangwa, Blantyre, had six ribs broken, according to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) officials where she was admitted to since last Friday.
Recounting her fate on a hospital bed on Monday, Mapundu said she had been working for the Greens for sometime and had just returned from her home in Phalombe when she discovered that they had employed another maid.
“I was told to go and start work at his mother -in-law [Mrs. Fatch]’s house at Green Corner. I started work and when I went to bid farewell to Mrs. Fatch after work, Mr. Green pushed the door [to Fatch’s bedroom] open, grabbed and started beating me up,” claimed Mapundu at the hospital.
She claimed she was pushed outside the house where she continued receiving the beating.
Mapundu claimed she was later thrown into a vehicle to the suspect’s house in Zingwangwa where the beating continued.
“When the stick he was using broke, he started kicking me with the leg, but I managed to escape when he went to get a horse pipe. I hid in the maize field,” said Mapundu, in pain.
The maid said some well-wishers took her to Mrs. Fatch’s house and QECH. The case was reported to Blantyre Police where a statement was recorded, she said.
Blantyre Police deputy public relations officer Elizabeth Divala said no statements were recorded at the station, a revelation that surprised Mapundu’s husband, Yohane Ligomba.
“When he was taken to Blantyre Police, a statement was taken. The following day, two police officers came to the hospital to record another statement,” said Ligomba.
Divala, however, said police officers from Soche Police would take over the matter.
But Wilsa-Malawi executive director Seodi White said she is surprised that no arrest has been effected.
“I have tried to contact the police since Friday, but to no avail. This is grevious body harm and the one doing that should face justice. However, there are no arrests and police seem not to be bothered. Is it because the victim is poor and a woman?” asked White.
Green could not pick his phone after several attempts.