Malawi: Parliament urged to revamp outdated Penal Code

Peter Dimba, chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee in Parliament, has called for a thorough revision of the Penal Code, citing its numerous inconsistencies with the current Constitution. Dimba highlighted that several offenses in the Penal Code date back to colonial rule and were intended to restrict the local population. “Laws such as the vagrancy statutes were designed to suppress the rights of local natives. A holistic review is essential,” he insisted.

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10 June, 2024
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