Sun. Sep 15th, 2019

Lilongwe : Malawi woman in UK fears politically connected ex partner to return home

Written by Lillian Phiri

Priscilla Tembo, a Malawian living in Kent in the United Kingdom (UK), is afraid to return to Malawi because her abusive ex partner back home is threatening her and vowed to inflict severe pain on her.

Apparently, Priscilla and her ex partner Brian Mazinga, lived together in the UK from 2002 to 2009 and it is alleged that Mazinga changed all over sudden and started abusing Priscilla before he came back to Malawi, taking along their little son.

Priscilla has never returned to Malawi since she left the country in 2002 for studies in the UK.

In a country where gender based violence especially against women is the order of the day, Priscilla’s fears for not returning home are justified in view of the threats from her ex partner who has connections with senior government officials and politicians in the ruling party.

Many women in Malawi suffer in silence in the worst forms of gender based violence that have left some of them permanently injured, traumatized and dead.

And if the threats by Priscilla’s ex partner in Malawi are anything to go by, it means he would often and willfully beat her mercilessly so she would endure the excruciating pain to her slow death.

We were not able to get through to Priscilla to get more information from her.

But our source in Malawi, Mary Phiri, said when Priscilla arrived in UK as a student in 2002, she met her ex partner Brian Mazinga there after the two had known each other back home.

“However, when she became pregnant by him in 2004, Brian accused Priscilla of cheating on him and started blaming her over petty things. He could end up beating her,” explained Phiri, a close relation to Priscilla.

She added, “Brian left the Uk in 2009 with their child and the plan was that Priscilla would follow them later”.

Our investigation in Malawi has revealed that Brian Mazinga’s connection with government and ruling party elites is so intimate that they offer him business on a silver platter and use him in a number of shady syndicates and deals.

This top connection gives Mazinga too much power and freedom to do anything he wants in the country including even abusing women like Priscilla as law enforcement agencies cannot touch him.

Two years before, he beat up two traffic police officers after they questioned him for driving a Fortuner without a number plate and valid documents.

A year before that, he orchestrated an attack on two innocent opposition supporters, leaving them with serious injuries.

But in all these barbaric acts, Mazinga was left Scot-free.

“Beacause of Brian’s political influence, Priscilla fears he would wish to do any harm to her knowing that he would not be arrested. He is also threatening Priscilla to never come in contact with her own son,” said Phiri.

She added that Priscilla would rather continue staying in the UK because Mazinga would end up killing her in Malawi.

“Besides, she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and she had to undergo radio therapy in UK. Such services are rarely provided in Malawi and she would not afford because they are expensive. And she is currently jobless, unable even to support her only child back home,” she said.

According to Phiri, Mazinga lives in Bangwe in the City of Blantyre which is Malawi’s commercial capital while Priscilla’s home is in Chigumula in the same city.

She added that Mazinga is also threatening Priscilla’s family and relatives in Chigumula that they should never ever ask anything from her or try to accommodate her when she returns to Malawi.

“In fact, one of Priscilla’s relatives home was recently attacked and vandalized by unknown thugs after Brian threatened to take unspecified action against him,” said Phiri.

Our efforts to speak to Brian Mazinga proved futile.

But our investigation also established that the monstrous man really lives in Bangwe in Blantyre.
Indeed, he lives a mafia like lifestyle typical of those near political power and one would not trace what he really does for a living.

He has a beautiful home, drives nice cars, drinks expensive beer in upmarket pubs and womanizes alot including even sleeping with prostitutes.

“With her ex partner’s womanizing behavior, Priscilla fears Brian would infect her with HIV and then later blame it on her to suffer the stigma associated with the infection in the country,” concluded Phiri.

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