Chakwera coy to censure Mnangagwa over Zimbabwe human rights abuses: ‘I am new kid on the block’

President Lazarus Chakwera has said he did not rebuke his Zimbabwean counterpart Emerson Mnangagwa, whose regime has come under international spotlight for human rights abuses, saying there were proper processes that need to be followed in tackling such issues.

State President Dr Lazarus Chakwera captured upon arrival at KIA from Zimbabwe-pic by Lisa Kadango
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera inspects the guard of honor upon arrival from Zimbabwe -pic by Lisa Kadango (2)
Vice President Chilima led the nation to welcome President Chakwera back home
President Lazarus Chakwera being welcomed by Vice President Saulos Chilima at KIA -pic by Lisa Kadango
President Lazarus Chakwera briefs members of press upon arrival at KIA from Zimbabwe-pic by Lisa Kadango (2)
Deputy Minister of Lands Abida Mia greets the Malawi leader upon arrival at KIA from Zimbabwe-pic by Lisa Kadango
Tonse Alliance members were present to welcome the Malawi leader at KIA-pic by Lisa Kadango

Two civil society organisations, Youth and Society and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation- on Tuesday wrote Chakwera, asking him to use his two-day official visit in Harare to discuss with Mnangagwa on the need for his regime to stop attacking human rights defenders and respect human rights.

Speaking on Thursday on arrival at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe said he has had fruitful bilateral talks with Zimbabwean President but did not censure him on human rights abuses.

He, however, said the topic on human rights came up during the discussions.

“You know that there is a process that takes place. I am a new kid on the block. I am learning in order to know what is going on with our neighbours.  The President himself last night responded to some of the issues,” Chakwera said.

He, however, could not divulge more, only adding that he had “lengthy discussions” in private as well as in the presence of others “particularly to do with human development and prosperity in the region. Integrating trade, making sure that our people relate well and issues to do with security in our region.”

President Chakwera, who will assume the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Chairmanship, next year, also had discussions with SADC ambassadors based in Zimbabwe.

Malawi and Zimbabwe share historical ties and before, both countries gained independence from Britain, they were under what was referred to as the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

During his arrival, Chakwera was welcomed by the country’s second-in-command Saulos Chilima and supporters of the Tonse Alliance led government from MCP, UTM Party and People’s Party.

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Concerned citizen
8 months ago

Zimbabwe is a very capable country with extremely capable citizens.

Zibulo
Zibulo
8 months ago

This Malawian bugger came into Power through the people’s efforts when they resisted and opposed crooked elections and rigging.He then comes to sing praises to a man similar to the one his people risked their lives for on the streets of Malawi to remove and put him . He saw Zim soldiers shooting citizens who did what his own citizens did to remove their Election Riggers there .He knows damn well what happened to the Harare 4 .Zimbabweans right now are like this bugger’s citizens who are under worst oppression and daily massacred by the same party that has ruled… Read more »

The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat
8 months ago
Reply to  Zibulo

What is the rest of Africa doing about it? Is it Chakweras agenda to play referee in the affairs of others? Leave the zimbabwe situation alone. In Gods time, they will be set free. Chakwera is not their Moses.

ARNOLD MAVUTULA
ARNOLD MAVUTULA
8 months ago
Reply to  Zibulo

I think he made it clear there’s a process that has to take place…besides dialogue is the first step to resolve and they have that part over with now..

The Sniper.
The Sniper.
8 months ago
Reply to  Zibulo

You are just stupid! That’s the simple way to recognise you here!

Egalitarian
Egalitarian
8 months ago

Basi Chakwera azangofika kumuwuza Mnangagwa kuti “andituma mabungwe kuti uzilemekeza ufulu wa anthu”. sukhala mtopola!!

The Sniper.
The Sniper.
8 months ago

If Zimbabweans are ready for change as we have seen them trying their best to do the same, let them do on their own, don’t push Lazarus Chakwera to do for them, inu mmene anthu amalimbana ndi Fisi ali ku Mangochi, did you see Zimbabwean President said anything? This has to be done at SADC level not the way mukuganiza kuti Malawi has to fight with Zimbabwe because of human rights abuse! Kodi chambachi sichabwinodi eti? There are levels in dealing with such issues not like the way you want Chakwera to do. Inuyo pitani ngati Human Rights Activists, mukalankhule… Read more »

Zio ine
Zio ine
8 months ago

Spending money just to lay wreath when people are not being paid.

The Sniper.
The Sniper.
8 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Did he used salaries? Man just work hard, mukhala bho! Mamina!

The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat
8 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Take some from APMs K766Billion in his bank account

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