CHRR pushes for MCP dictatorship victims compensation: ‘Malawi govt should comply’

The  Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has asked government to immediately comply with the Ombudsman’s order on National Compensation Tribunal  to process compensation claims for people who suffered atrocities dueing one-party dictatorship rule under Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

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CHRR through its media statement released on Thursday, May 14 which is Kamuzu Day in Malawi,  CHRR’s  acting executive director Michael Kaiyatsa further questioned MCPsilence on the matter.

The National Compensation Tribunal was an institution created by Section 137 of the 1994 constitution and was mandated to compensate who suffered or lost property during the one-party rule of MCP under  founding president Kamuzu Banda  before the dawn of democracy.

The victims were expected to be compensated within 10 year from 1994 to 2004 according to Section 145 of the constitution but the whole process was abused by politicians.

According to Ombudsman’s 2017 report  titled ‘Malawi’s Unhealed Wounds’ only politicians were compensated leaving out 15000 victims and recommended to government that the Attorney General dictates with aggrieved parties in the amount each person should get in compensation.

Despite the Ombudsman order to settle the victims before January 31, 2018, the Peter Mutharika administration has been mum on the matter.

“CHRR is deeply saddened to note that none of these recommendations has been complied with by government or the office of the Attorney General,” reads the statement in part.

The rights  organisation appeals to government and all responsible authorities  to “comply with these recommendations as a matter of urgency.”

There about 24 000 people who lodged claims for compensation through the Tribunal,

CHRR  statement  also asks opposition MCP as a “government-in-waiting”  to explainon how it will handle the matter.

Kaiyatsa said delays to process compensation for the victims of MCP dictatorship is denying them their constitutional right to justice.

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SamuShonga
SamuShonga
9 months ago

Zisilu zaanthu mizimu yaanthu onse achi albino ikufinyeni

SamuShonga
SamuShonga
9 months ago

Useless dpp and your nkhalamba yopanda manoyo

BABA
9 months ago

Kamuzu and Congress party belong at the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE!!!!!

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

Why calling for that now? How many years have passed since we’ve had democracy? A gogo pitala, yangokuvutani campaign.

BABA
9 months ago

that’s what happens mukakanda pa chilonda. kumakamba praise ya Kamuzu and MCP forgetting those you wronged and brutalised.

BAKALI
9 months ago

Koma kumeneko!! infact Kamuzu case should be brought before the international Criminal court!!! Crime’s against Humanity and human rights violations.

TooLegitToQuit
TooLegitToQuit
9 months ago

Somewhere in the article it says “….the victims were supposed to be compensated……..but the process was abused by politicians.” Let those politicians who had abused the system pay back what was illegally received.” Simples. No need to drag MCP into this. The National Compensation Tribunal was formed to right the wrongs of MCP, financially, that is. CHRR should take up the matter with NCT.

Citizen
Citizen
9 months ago
Reply to  TooLegitToQuit

And it specifies the period of compensation was supposed to be 10 years from 1994 to 2004, so all the fingers should point to whoever was in charge at the time. If you want a clue as to who it was, just wait a bit, it is rumoured he’s soon gonna come out to campaign for his son’s vice presidential run.

Mphenzi
Mphenzi
9 months ago

A good course in bad faith. Wrong timing. Wait until UTMCP tiivotere ilowe m’boma ndiye muzidzabwera ndi nkhani zimenezi.

Kalulu Wadwala
9 months ago

All political parties have skeletons. Every political party has killed. Kayiatsa don’t be biased. Call for all parties to compensate not only MCP. By the way some of the killers are in UDF and DPP now. You know them .

good
good
9 months ago
Reply to  Kalulu Wadwala

Zomwe mukunenazo tamva but those 24,000 Have to be compensated. Ndikale ilo

Kkkkk
Kkkkk
9 months ago
Reply to  good

You are stupid this is not an issue today, the issue at hand is into remove these evil people from the government.The neponistic,thieves,killers of the chadowas, shame on you,we are wise and and can’t be swayed sway by your nonsense.

TooLegitToQuit
TooLegitToQuit
9 months ago

Money was allocated during the Muluzi regime. Guess what? Muluzi and his cronies ‘ate’ it all. People who were really deserving of the compo never received a tambala. I would ask CHRR to first of all get the list of recipients during the said period under Muluzi and see if the amounts paid were justified. This matter was dealt with and if someone had schemed the fund then they should be made accountable.

Martin
Martin
9 months ago

Mcp “a government in waiting “, so many people including CSOs knows mcp will win? Anyway mcp must own up to their brutal past and should really have said something about this so they can shake off the notion of “once a family of snakes, always a family of snakes”, forgetting that some snakes are non-poisonous like NALIKUKUTI !!! And mcp must also emphasise that hyenas don’t change their spots just because they moved from a jungle to a zoo, and those hyenas scavenging in the name of mcp in those days are still doing so in the name of… Read more »

John
John
9 months ago
Reply to  Martin

You are a genius!

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