Kasungu Court Remands Forest Guards in Women ‘Flogging’ Case
A court in Kasungu has ordered 15 game rangers and forestry guards to stay in remand for ten days to allow police conclude investigations into their case.
The 15 were arrested on charges of acts intended to cause grievous harm after they allegedly assaulted civilian women in a forest in that district.
The arrests followed a video clip that went viral in the social media depicting some game rangers and forestry guards forcing a helpless woman heavily whip another laying belly down.
The women had apparently been caught picking firewood in the protected forest.
It later transpired that this was in Chimaliro forest in Kasungu district and that more people than the two in the video had been subjected to the alleged assault.
Some of the game rangers and forestry guards were also allegedly wearing police uniform.
Senior resident magistrate, Biar Kamanga, has since adjourned the matter to October 12 for plea.