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Ludzi sexual harassment reports worry activists

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By Tom Sangala:

 

The Catholic Archdiocese of Lilongwe yesterday announced that it has closed Ludzi Boys Primary Boarding School in Lilongwe, following reports of sexual abuse at the institution.

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In a statement signed by Lilongwe Catholic Archdiocese Archbishop George Desmond Tambala, the closure is a commitment to ensure zero tolerance on all forms of sexual abuses.

 

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“The Catholic Archdiocese is committed to ensure zero tolerance on all forms of sexual abuses. In this case we will not tolerate sexual abuse of children in any form even if the allegations border on such abuses being practiced by even the children themselves on each other,” reads the statement.

 

Following the development, Child Rights activist Memory Chisenga has hailed the decision describing it as the right step in protecting children’s rights. She also said the closure of the school means those acts have been happening at the school and is quit shocking.

 

“This should be a wakeup call to other schools that these things really do happen in schools and that schools must make sure they do something to make sure that children are not being sexually abused by anybody in anyway” she said.

 

Another activist Leon Matanda says those involved should face the law so that these acts should be minimised.

 

He says sexual offences that are committed under aggravating circumstances and taking the age of the pupils at the school will have a long term psychological trauma.

 

“I would have preferred a forensic investigation to pin down the perpetrators of the evil act and make sure that they face the long arm of the law” he said.

 

In April this year, there were allegations of sexual abuses at the School that led to the investigations.

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