Dzonzi drafted into Malawi Human Rights Commission

Lawyer and renowned human rights activist, Justine Dzonzi has been appointed as Commissioner for Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), Nyasa Times has learnt.

Dzonzi’ appointment is with effect from January 27th this year, and is to fill in a vacant position left by another human rights activist, Rogers Newa who is running for a parliamentray seat in Kasungu on ruling PP’s ticket.

MHRC opted for Dzonzi, Executive Director for Justice Link, who was one of two stand-in contenders for the position. The other one is civil society activist, Billy Mayaya.

Dzonzi:  Now commissioner of MHRC
Dzonzi: Now commissioner of MHRC

“Yes I can confirm of my appointment following a vacancy that was at the Commission,” said Dzonzi.

Dzonzi said: “It should be noted that recommendations and interviews for the position were done in July 2012. I was one of the two who were put on stand-by; and since there was a vacancy, the Commission had to appoint one of us to fill the position. “

According to Dzonzi, appointment of MHRC commissioners is done through interviews of candidates recommended by respective human rights institutions.

“It might look like a lucrative position but there is more as an individual I will put into it that what I will get in return. There is nothing like political appeasement. I am appointed because i was recommended by our organization and did the interviews”.

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