Parliament has bemoaned rising cases of mob justice in the country despite that there are systems mandated to deal with crime in the country.
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Bright Msaka, in his ministerial statement Wednesday, condemned acts of mob justice and called for the respect of human rights.
“The phenomenon is increasing at a pace of great concern to the government. Mob justice is not justice. We have systems and institutions in the country that are responsible for ensuring that justice is done. We have seen people killed, who are not directly involved in the suspected crimes,” he said.
Msaka implored Malawians to start trusting the services of the police stressing “the impunity of taking the law into one’s hands has to be put to an end”.
He added that mob justice has claimed so many lives, including property that is also crucial to the provision of justice to communities.
But Member of Parliament for Kasungu North, Mike Bango, said mob justice was mostly due to lack of trust in the police among communities.
Dedza South lawmaker Ishmael Onani also said mob justice is being perpetrated by selective justice that is applied to offenders by law enforcers.
“People that get involved in petty offences are the ones that suffer most in the quest to access justice while those who steal billions of kwacha are easily given bail. Isn’t this selective justice?” he asked.
But Msaka ruled out the assertion, arguing that justice is applied in equal measure to all regardless of class.
“There is no selective justice and I don’t think we have seen evidence of selective justice in the country. People committing crimes are prosecuted according to the law. People are being given or denied bail in all regions of the country,” he said.