Chakwera mourns human rights activist Rafiq Hajat

President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has joined Malawians in mourning renowned human rights activist Rafiq Hajat.

Hajat died of heart attack in Blantyre this morning.

State House Director of Communication, Sean Tsanzo Kampondeni, told journalists during a bi-weekly press briefing at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe that Chakwera is saddened by the passing of the fearless activist.

Rafiq Hajat: Pillar of the civil society human rights campaigners

“The President has learnt with sadness about his death. He has instructed me to convey his condolences to his family and the human rights fraternity here in the country, which has lost a great giant. And so, this morning, we begin our briefing with a moment of silence over the passing of this great hero,” said Kampondeni.

Hajat was born on 14 September 1955 in Blantyre and was a prominent Malawian civil rights activist.

He is the founder and director for the Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI), which is one of the civil rights organizations that fought for democracy early 1990s.

He was also the chairman of the Nyasa Junior Academy, a private school based in Blantyre.

During his lifetime, Hajat used to describe himself as “political activist and grassroots person”.

He once served as an executive member of the United Democratic Front (UDF), vice president of the country’s chamber of commerce and industry, chairman of Development of Malawian Traders’ Trust (DEMAT).

He received a B.A. in political science at Saint Xavier College in India in 1975.

Hajat is survived by a wife, children and grandchildren.

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kirk Hollingsworth
kirk Hollingsworth
2 months ago

Malawi has lost an outstanding son and champion. Condolences to his wife and family.

May his soul RiP.

Last edited 2 months ago by kirk Hollingsworth
mathapelo dhlamini
2 months ago

very sad. RIP big man.

Chifundo Ganizani
Chifundo Ganizani
2 months ago

You were a great man, a champion.
May the mercy of the lord be with you and may you be in the highest ranks of eden paradise.

Justice for all
Justice for all
2 months ago

May his soul rest in peace

Patriot
Patriot
2 months ago

Rafik was a selfless, tireless and fearless person when it was to fight for unfairness. He will be deeply missed and it will be very difficult to find anyone matching his qualities as his replacement. RIP

Kate Stafford
Kate Stafford
2 months ago

So sorry to hear the terrible news. Rafiq was a firebrand human rights campaigner, a thorn in the side of governments, holding those in authority to account, often risking his own personal safety. He was difficult, charming and unbelievably courageous.

I am very sad. I enjoyed his company enormously. His generosity and humanity were inspirational.

Go well, my friend.

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