By Malawi Freedom Network.
Let Love Lead: Cabinet Minister Mary Navicha Requests Commumity Over Salima Epilepic Boy
Minister of Gender, Mary Thom Navicha has said, love must be the key thing in handling the situation of the dumb and epileptic boy in Salima, who as a result of his violent behaviour, people around have been inflicting on him pain and suffering by tying him to a tree like an animal.
Navicha made the suggestion on Monday when she was addressing the community of Group Village Headman Gwirize, in Traditional Authority Pemba in Salima, when in her capacity as Minister responsible for children welfare she made an official response to the disheartening reported situation concerning the little boy.
Navicha (3rd from right) carrying the epileptic boy
Deeply touched by the extent of victimization in the process of tying the little boy to a tree, the Minister, who promised that her Ministry would come up with both short and long time solution to end the boy’s predicament said, before anything else, people around him should advance the spirit of love and make sure they replace it with the hate that led to people to reducing the human being to the level of an animal.
Through listening to what the boy has being going through, Navicha learnt that, while tied to a tree, almost on daily basis, the boy would go to the extent of eating his own feaces due to hunger because there was no-one around to feed him.
The boy’s mother, Mayi Tobias, whose husband had dumped her and went to remarry leaving her behind together with 7 children had resorted to go to the nearby lake for piece works, leaving behind no-one capable to feed the boy as her 2 fragile elderly parents in their 80’s could hardly manage to feed their grand son.
Behind, apart from spending the day on an empty stomach, the young victim has been persevering harsh weather conditions like heat, cold and rain.
With almost everybody giving up on him the boy has been living under such horrible conditions until the media exposed it.
According to the boy’s mother, her son turns violent, beating everyone around him and also destroying people’s property a situation that put the mother in an awkward situation of always paying bills for damages of people’s property.
The mother had told the Minister, that tying him to a tree, was the only way she could stay away from trouble with neighbours and people in the community.
During the visit, the Minister was accompanied by the representative of Salima District Commissioner and other stakeholders from various government sectors including Health and Social Welfare