Activists get court injunction against Mutharika on MHRC commissioners appointment

Civil society organisations (CSO) have obtained a court injunction against President Peter Mutharika swearing-in of two Malawi Human Rights Commission commissioners (MHRC), saying they were dubiously appointed.

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Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) h obtained the court injunction against the swearing-in of Cecelia Kotima and Baldwin Chiyamwaka whom they say Mutharika did not follow the right procedures when appointing them.

HRDC chairman Timothy Mtambo said the law was flouted when appointing the two as commissioners of the MHRC.

“These two were selected dubiously. They were not on the original list. We want the ones who were on the original list to be appointed. We want a Malawi Human Rights Commission that is legal,” said Mtambo.

Presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) was working to rectify the anomaly before the office was slapped with the court injunction.

“This is why there has not been the swearing in ceremony after the names were announced. The OPC was working on that. But now, their hands are tied because of the injunction,” said Kalilani.

The law says human rights organisations compile a list of people who should work as commissioners of MHRC from which the president selects the final names.

In this case, Kotima and Chiyamwaka were not proposed by human rights organisations as required by law.

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Tizanka
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Tizanka

Courts in Malawi issue injunctions like injections in abortion hospitals

Mwemwe
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Mwemwe

If they dare to revoke this injunction i will personally go and get another one

Tonse akundilandefe tipita tikachigumula tokha ndi ma kiki ma teche ndi mabakera

Momwe a Mota amamanga nseu anapeza ngalande tazichosa kale njerwa and amangoyenda moyera

tipita ife tikachigumula and asadandaule kuti zinthu tikataya kuti, njerwa timaunjika mulu wa ten ten timagulisa, plaster uja timamunyenya timagulisa ngati nchenga, ma window nde nsika tili nawo kale, malata aja ndi bullet

china mufuna chani?

tilekeleni ife tichigumule mwa ulele give us 5 days simuzachionapo

Noxy
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The President has made a decision let it be.This is a trick appointment already there is blood bath between the Mtambos and government and don’t expect the president to bow down to them.

ngiyabonga
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ngiyabonga

Then the Courts will decide. This is impunity. As Law professor he should have known better and lived by example

From Likoma
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From Likoma

@ Noxy

Nanunso khalani chete apa. It’s not about mtambo. Nzamalamulo izi which your grandfather president swore to uphold. Mmayesa agogo anuwa ndi apolofesa a malamulo. Anyway not all Profs are intelligent and wise people

Sanga
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Sanga

Mgeme, you are not the problem but your camp is a mess. You are led by a weak character who thinks is ruling Malawi of the past. Stop the foolishness and begin to wise up.

Chris
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Chris

Baldwin is croocked.