HRDC says widening gap between rich and poor is ‘making a mockery of human rights’

Hundreds of people, mostly the youth braved rains in Lilongwe to participate in the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) sanctioned march to commemorate the International Human Rights Day and  protests against rights infringements the country has witnessed lately.

HRDC Freedom march  in Lilongwe. People from Msundwe were ferried to  join the march.

Chairperson of HRDC Timothy Mtambo asked Malawians to stand up for their rights.

He said it was deplorable that a few politicians, an elite of the ruling party continue to get richer through corruption whilst the majority of Malawians wallop in dire poverty.

“Poverty is again human rights abuse. We must all stand up against this, we must all stand up against human rights abuses in the country,” Mtambo said.

He said time has come to do somethings against inequality between the Malawi’s haves and have-nots.

Mtambo said the  income inequality is a human rights problem .

The vocal rights campaigner said people getting rich is a good thing, especially when it brings prosperity to others. But he pointed out that the other kind of getting rich, ‘taking’ rather than ‘making’, rent-seeking rather than creating, enriching the few at the expense of the many, is making a mockery of democracy and is a human rights issue .

HRDC vice-chairperson Gift Trapence hinted at a number of issues government needs to consider if it is to be seen to be promoting human rights in the country.

He said: “Malawi has made good progress in terms of paperwork on the laws and policies surrounding promotion of human rights. But the implementation is a challenge. There are these challenges because of selective justice…”

There were incidents of violence as some demonstrators pelted stones at some police officers whom they said they did not want to protect them during the march.

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers gave the security to the marchers as the country joined the rest of the world in commemorating Human Rights Day.

Some protesters were ferried from  Msundwe where  women experienced sex explotation during a police operation that followed the murder of their colleague, Usumani Imedi.

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2 years ago

Ine langa ndi funso kodi onse amene anagwidwa popanga zisokonezo nthawi ya mademo ali mundendebe?atolakhani mufufunze!!!!chifukwa dpp makadeti awo ndiamene amachita zimenezi osamaputsisa mtundu.Aliyense akudziwa kuti dpp yalephera kulamulira koma kuba kuopyeza wanthu ndiye amadziwa iwo

Baboon
Baboon
2 years ago

Amene sadziwa za democracy sangamatche zinthu zikamaonongeka ngati njila yoonetsa kukhudzidwa. Laying’anila zikuonongeka zidzalowa chilichonse ndikumangani. Hrdc ikanakhala kuti ndi bungwe laopandapake silikanafika lero even president wanuyo akudziwa. Zikamalakwika tsutsani kuyendabwino kuyamika limodzi dziko lidzakwela

Xxxxx
Xxxxx
2 years ago

this time is for farming, the rains are here. hrdc can you for once encourage your faithfuls to do the right thing. tell your followers the real truth that marching does not solve their problems.

joseph Banda
joseph Banda
2 years ago

HRDC, YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO WORK. Even you, yourselves, stop that and dream bankable projects for these followers to engage in. But if you are going around destroying the few businesses, preventing people to work and carry on their farming etc and you expect the poverty gap not widened is totally stupidity. Do not come out yavi, yavi taking advantage of people’s ignorance. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HELP CLOSE THE GAP?

Uyo
Uyo
2 years ago
Reply to  joseph Banda

Very well sad Joseph Banda. These stupid demos are retrogressive to our already battling situation. Wake up all, smell the coffee and let APM continue governing til 2024. Budgetary support has been obtained after 6 years. There is some light. Let things be. If we continue stifling situations we’ll all suffer til 2024. Let’s this be. As it is the mcp and utm are ALL broke asses and if they by virtue of a miracle rule Malawi this term,they will say the usual, that they found empty coffers. Leave apm and dpp to continue. Even beyond 2024. To prove so,… Read more »

phillips wanga
phillips wanga
2 years ago
Reply to  Uyo

Let petrol bomb hit your way,a putrid blue nigger the issue here is not your budgetary support its about che Alfandika,che asah,che,pitala.With or without pitala budgetary support will be there its for pipo of Malawi.

concern citizen
concern citizen
2 years ago

akadangoyambitsa chipani cha ndale

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
2 years ago

Ferrying protestors from nsundwe. What do you want to achieve.

wakikiki
wakikiki
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiswa B

To achieve what we want to achieve unless you are from somewhere then you can say that

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