Parliament ‘sits on’ rogue, vagabond court order

SALC: Some lawmakers have lamented [Malawian] Parliament’s delays to facilitate the review of Section 184 of the Penal Code, which provides for the offence of rogue and vagabond. The development has since riled human rights defenders.

In 2018, three people from Kasungu challenged police sweeping exercises after they were arrested for the offences of rogue and vagabond.

High Court Judge Zione Ntaba then overturned the earlier conviction of the applicants and ordered that their fines be returned and that they also be compensated.

In the case, which was supported by Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), Ntaba ordered Parliament to quickly review the provision under Section 184 of the Penal Code.

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27 May, 2024
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