The state funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has new commissioners media consultant Baldwin Chiyamwaka and Bertha Sefu and the reappointment by President Peter Mutharika of four previous commissioners, economist Dalitso Kubalaso, education rights activist Benedicto Kondowe, lawyer Justin Dzonzi and Steven Mkoka programme manager at the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE).
The last commission led by chairperson Sophie Kalinde, which also had Marshal Chilenga; private practice lawyer and former commissioner; Rev Dr Zaccheus Kawalala retired in June.
In a media statement, MHRC Executive Secretary Grace Malera said: “The appointed commissioners will serve for a three-year term of office up to August 2018, in line with Section 5(1) of the Human Rights Commission Act [Chapter 3:08 of the Laws of Malawi].”
Nyasa Times understands that the new commissioners will elect their chairperson soon at their first meeting schedule this week, as stipulated in guidelines for the appointment of chairperson of the MHRC.
The law requires MHRC to invite proposals from the public for nominations of those to serve as its commissioners and submits the list of proposals to the president for appointment.
The seven are joined by two ex-officio members from government, the Law Commissioner and Ombudsman.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :