APM, opposition in war of words on human rights

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has told the opposition and civil rights organisations in the country to stop blaming the government on everything.

President Mutharika makes his speech during the Commemoration of Human Rights Day at Masintha Ground (C) Stanley Makuti

President Mutharika makes his speech during the Commemoration of Human Rights Day at Masintha Ground (C) Stanley Makuti

President Mutharika is seeing some exhibitions -photo (C)Stanley Makuti.

President Mutharika is seeing some exhibitions -photo (C)Stanley Makuti.

People carried placards demonstrating human rights- photo (C) Stanley Makuti

People carried placards demonstrating human rights- photo (C) Stanley Makuti

Mutharika said this Thursday Mutharika at Masintha ground in Lilongwe during the commemoration of the International Human Rights day held under the theme “Our rights, Our freedom, Always.”

“We escape our duties by blaming the government on everything,” said Mutharika.

“Our duty is service to others,” he said indirectly attacking the opposition and civil society organisations who have been asking the government to improve the appalling right to economic, social and cultural as evidenced by the falling public health service and the skyrocketing cost of life among ordinary Malawians, among others.

The President lamented that it is the responsibility of everyone to think of the duties and obligation that come along with these universal rights.

“No country can develop by thinking of rights without our sense of duty and responsibility. Malawi cannot progress if we think of our rights and freedoms more than our duties and responsibilities,” Mutharika explained.

He assured of supporting the fight and promotion of human rights, by among other things, passing legislations that are in support of the human rights principles

But Leader of opposition in parliament Lazarus Chakwera said it was the government that was playing blame game.

In an interview, Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president said the opposition point out to governance and human rights shortfalls because, he said, collectively Malawians hold the future of Malawi.

“Collectively, we must take responsibility as we chat our future…we need to fix our problems together,” he said.

Chakwera said Malawi cannot commemorate the International Human Rights Day in the absence of Access to Information bill, when there is little accountability in government and people are condemned when their exercise their right to know on what is happening in the executive arm of government.

The chairman of the Malawi Human Rights Commission Justin Dzonzi, speaking at the commemoration function in the presence of the President, said the government should remove all delays surrounding the passing into law of the Access to Information bill.

President Mutharika did not directly respond to this but hinted Malawians have a right to political, economic and social lives.

Marchel Gerrmann, Ambassador and Head of European Union delegation said the European community is proud to be a leading voice on human rights issues.

Gerrmann assured of the organisation’s commitment in promoting and protecting human rights, democracy and rule of law.

“The EU believes that sustainable peace development and prosperity cannot exist without respect for human rights. Protecting rights and freedoms is therefore at the heart of all our interventions and projects around the world,” he explained.

The international Human rights day was adopted in 1948 when all countries around the world adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To reflect on the progress made, it was agreed that the day be celebrated every December 10 of each year.—Additional reporting by Solister Mogha, Mana

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18 thoughts on “APM, opposition in war of words on human rights”

  1. tan'gatan'ga says:

    The QUOTA SYSTEM is a glaring example of violations of human rights. No one seems to care but just blurring nonsense.

  2. So apm lied to mslawians on ati…what are we going to do judt seat and cry had we been hit bad.donors shud rescue us in march2016.kusamva kuja nkumeneku

  3. Novirikana says:

    Chizamsoka Munthali #6 waiwalapo zina. Kumene kunapita chimanga, kumemen kudagulitsidwa ndege, kumene kunapita ndalama zamafuta a ku Nigeria, amene adamuombera Mphwiyo etcetc. Ndi ufulu wako kudziwa zimenezi.

  4. Berson says:

    now Iam convinced that frustrated people only see red.chimene mutukwanira anzanu nchiyani?

  5. Shem says:

    This man does not think or speak like a lawyer let alone a president on this matter. The state has the primary duty to fulfil, promote and protect the rights of its people. That is very basic knowledge. If the state fails to do this, that is total abdication, and it must be held accountable. No excuses!

  6. mm says:

    This man is nothing palibepo zinthu apa he is useless achoke basi tiwone zina.

  7. Hardson says:

    ATI what for? Unfortunatelly you and I are not the ones need it we are like dogs who catch for meat for their bosses. ATI means “Access To Intervene” there so many people”intruders” who may wish to join our politics and become leaders of our beloved country but they cannt do this without full information, hence the need of the bill.

  8. Harawa says:

    Mr. Petulo Mathanyula
    please, stop flogging a dead horse.

  9. Mwakipiki says:

    Now I hear that the Anti Corruption Day commemorations have been cancelled because the president is ‘busy.’ Was it not possible to combine it with this Human Rights Day? Where is your reform then if two state organs can not jointly hold their two similar activities? John Magufuli oyeeee!!!

  10. Nasan says:

    Thisis Democracy time if u meke msterk tilakhula monga osusa maka 2016 muva zinizeni 2015 timakuwelengani koma chaka chikubwelachi tionana

  11. The Analyst says:

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    By what right do you lie to us that Malawians have freedom n rights Mr President?
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    A Malawi is free from what if he/she doesnt even know whats happening around them for failure to access information due to your inane dilly-dallies in passing the information bill into law?

    . . . Are you compos mentis to state that Malawians have political freedom when its only the DPP reaching out to people via MBC and others cant even be shown even when attending national events? Not even their nose or ear? A a!
    . . . It is true that Malawians have economic freedom when unemployment has reached untold levels? How can one have freedom on an empty pocket hence stomach?
    . . . Are you sure there is economic freedom in Malawi when; if one starts a business today, tomorrow it evaporates into nothingness due to the chaotic economic environment coz of your govt’s poor economic management skills?
    . . . Are you this insensitive to assume that Malawians have social freedom when hospitals are perpetually short on drugs n education standards have already hit the bottom level?
    . . . Are you this detached from societal truth to not realise that albinos are just being milked n skinned alive willy-nilly hence having their right to life taken? How about the many mysterious deaths for the lapse in security?
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Truth is very simple n truth be told, Malawians have no freedom or right – economically, politically, socially, health-wise, education-wise; everything! Nde tisanamizanepo apa iai.
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  12. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians need another Chakufwa Chihana to get lead of this DPP government. Malawians are people who nobody can’t understand them. Leaders and politicians can abuse, rob them even cheat them. But they just keep quiet. They just cry like babies yet they don’t act. Kumbwambwana too much. Until today, I don’t understand why they allow the government to privatize hospitals and mortuaries while 75% people are poorest. My fellow Malawians please let us not allow this Muthalika guy to bring American system of leadership. We are poor people. Malawians let us stand up against anything which will hurt us most in the future.

  13. chizamsoka munthali says:

    Ndiufulu wanga kudziwa zakumene kunalowela ma sack bag full of US dollars Bingu atangomwalila kumene! Ndiufulu wanga kudziwa za K577 billion cash gate,,imfa ya Njauju, matafale, Robert chasowa, karonga stambuli, kwacha ghambi, 20 July victims and so on and so forth.

  14. Dwambazi says:

    I refuse to be muzzled. I will speak up and I will speak out when I have to.

  15. Mulhomwe Wankulu says:

    Koma Peter umandisekesa kwambiri. Zomwe walankhulazi ndizochokela mmutu mwakodi kapena ndichinzimu choipa chomwe chimakuchititsa? Zoona amalawi mmene tikuvutikilamu ukuti tizingokhala chete? Dzimenezo nde uyiwale ndiponso iweyo ndiamene ukhale oyambilira kukhala chete chifukwa chilichonse ukamalankhula u blame JB, NGOs and opposition. Pomaliza ndati ndifunse nawo kuti…….Kodi Mayi wavala magalass’yo sanayimebe monse muja? Mukulera kapena?

  16. kadamanja says:

    U President wa masimba uyu

  17. Prince Edward rsa says:

    Mr ibu you think pipo must remain quite when Jauju was killed just bcoz he did not release the 577billion investegation report to the government so you eliminate him thinking you have won, wakandapansi you will runaway and verysoon.

  18. Alungwana says:

    If Mr President thinks that we can keep quite while things are rottenining in our country, then bwana you are cheating yourself. Our Rights Our freedom

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