Bertha Sefu, Chiyamwaka appointed to Malawi Human Rights Commission

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).

Chiyamwaka: Appointed commissioner in MHRC
Chiyamwaka: Appointed commissioner in MHRC

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.

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5 years ago

Tsono zavutatu apa nanga o Justin Dzonzi ogwira bwanji ntchito no ex-girlfriend o Grace.

5 years ago

Be your father`s son down at mgombe village,I’m really wishin you well.By the way where is your sister, we worked togather at commercial bank in Lilingwe before my people asked me to be their traditional chief. Just check my name.

5 years ago

I want to agree with no:1. MHRC is just a good name but there is literally nothing that they are doing. No month can elapse without hearing that someone is saving notice of resignation. staff are disgruntled. The management style is autocratic, the head regard dissenting views as kuukila. if u want more, go and ask one member of staff, akuuzani kuti MHRC ili pa auto pilot!

5 years ago

Congrants to new Commissioners. Wish you well.

5 years ago

MHRC yake ikufoila zochitikayii??? zaziiii. chanzeru chomwe angakapitise ku MHRC ndichani. Things are not ok ku MHRC Im told, mukawafunse ma staff akumeneko akakuuzani. People are resigning like nobody business there, why??? Is their (MHRC) Management credible?? There are issues there, the most new Commissioners, I tell you, I was there, but Im told inside, zinthu sizilibwino. So for old Commissioners who have been renewed, I see that palibe chomwe chingachitike. What is needed is overhaul ku ma Commissioners and Top Management. Ndukuuzani, kafunseni akakuuzani. kkkk

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