Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) Chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba has condemned some quarters of the society in Limbe Blantyre for heckling Head of State Dr Lazarus Chakwera.
Mkwezalamba was speaking in Lilongwe during presentation of Status of Human Rights in Malawi.
Dr Chakwera was on a tour of duty in the southern region. Among the places visited include Thyolo District which is Democratic Progressive Party stronghold.
However addressing a news conference today on the sideline of handing over human rights report in Malawi, which Council for Non Governmental Organization (CONGOMA) organised heckling or boewing the head of state is not humane.
He said people can differ in different aspect and that is what democracy is all about but heckling a leader is uncalled for.
He said; “President is the highest authority of the land and he deserved diginity and that is one of the principle of human rights can we desist from attacking and address issues as they are.”
During the address Mkwezalamba commended Malawi Government for operationalising Access to Information law.
He said the move is a right direction towards Democratisation.
Delivering the report Mkwezalamba said it should be appreciated that strides continue being made in both Policy and legislative framework with a heightened role of the Malawi Human Rights Commission and the openness of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
“Besides the New legislations developed, some key developments of best practices include but are not limited to, Malawi is up to date with its Reporting to Treaty bodies’ obligations i.e. UN and AU under. This
has provided Malawi an opportunity to address current and emerging challenges as opposed to dealing with old and difficult situations as captured by the committee of experts,”
The Mkwezalamba gave a thumb up to Government for the development of a Human Rights Action Plan which was an all-inclusive document seeking
to coordinate and collaborate efforts in the area of Human rights.
“We also see the Cabinet approval of the National Employment and Labor Policy as well as the Decent Work agenda which seeks to promote sustainable and rewarding jobs for Malawians as a stride.
The Human rights body also noted that the provision of over 100 vehicles to law enforcers (Malawi Police Service) to aid its community outreach programs and generally offer timely security to its people including recruitment and training of over 500 officers of Police and 100 of the Military was a step towards addressing security challenges.
However the report also highlighted a number of grey areas which need to improve and these include delivery of service in the civil service.
“Its sad that there is still red tape in civil service whereby it takes longer to access services so this breeds corruption.
During the same function Alfred Munika who was also part of the pannel said the State should invest heavily in supporting programmes that seek to popularize, simplify, translate (into the vernacular) and raise awareness to the citizenry on all legal and policy frameworks in support
of their rights.
Munika said such support should also extend to the delivery and access to justice in both justice systems such as Magistrate, Child Justice and Industrial relation courts.
Munika said”Malawi therefore needs to ratify and domesticate instruments pointed above including Convention on Decent Work for domestic workers and social protection floors towards decent jobs for all and an enhanced social protection systems and environment in Malawi”