Kalinde elected head of Malawi Human Rights Commission

The only woman among the new commissioners  for the state-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC),  Sophie Kalinde , has accepted her election as chairperson of the body.

President Joyce Banda has appointed new members Benedicto Kondowe, Rodgers Newa, Dalitso Kubalasa, Steven Mkoka, the Reverend Dr. Zacc Kawalala and Marshal Chilenga effective July 5 2012.

Law commissioner Gertrude Hiwa and Ombudsman Tujilane Chizumila are ex-officio members.

President Banda congratulates Commissioner Sophie Kalinde.

At the commissioners’ first meeting, they elected Kalinde, Malawi’s former ambassador to Switzerland, to be chairperson.

for the state-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), a position last held by outspoken consumer rights activist, John Kapito whose tenure ended early this year.

Commissioner Chilanga confirmed that Kalinde has accepted her appointment.

The post was previously held by John Kapito who was vocal against the Democratic Progressive Party regime.

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