HRCC employees go 8 months without pay

Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRRC) has not paid some of it’s for eight months.

According to a source, HRCC has been undergoing serious economic challenges lately that it has even failed to pay salaries for some of its employees.

The source said the last time all the employees received their full salaries was in June 2011.

“The situation is becoming worse, the organisation has no funding and things are becoming unbearable for the workers. Others have stayed for six months, others up to eight months without receiving salaries, we are tired with this and cannot go on like that,” complained one worker on condition of anonymity.

Undule: HRCC broke

The source further revealed that if the situation does not improve in the next few weeks or months, the rights body may be forced to close offices as it is also failing to pay rentals at its Area 14 offices in Lilongwe.

“The possibility of being evicted from the premises is also high because I don’t think the landlord will remain patient forever,” he said.

In a brief interview, HRCC acting National Coordinator Reverend Macdonald Sembereka while acknowledging the development refuted that the employees have not received their salaries for eight months.

He however said the body was not just looking at the issue and was hopeful that the situation would improve is due course.

“It’s not quite true that they have stayed for all those months without being paid. That is an exaggeration of facts. HRCC just like many other organisation is also affected with the global economic meltdown but we are not just looking at the issue we are confident that soon the situation will improve,” said Sembereka.

HRCC is an NGO network of human rights organisations in Malawi committed to the promotion and protection of human rights for the Malawian society.

Its main activities include advocacy, monitoring, information sharing, capacity building, and resource mobilisation for member institutions, in coordination with state institutions, government and key stakeholders.

The organisation, through its national coordinator and chairperson, Undule Mwakasungura, has been very vocal against President Bingu wa Mutharika’s continued abuse of human rights.

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