Law scholar asks Chakwera to raise human rights issues with Zimbabwe leader

Renowned legal scholar Professor Edge Kanyongolo of University of Malawi at Chancellor College  has appealed to President Lazarus Chakwera against being mum on human rights abuses as he visits Zimbabwe this week.

Kanyongolo: Chakwera’s message should be clear, stop repressing the people of Zimbabwe

Chakwera is set to leave for Harare, Zimbabwe, this Wednesday on a two-day State visit.

Writing on his Facebook account, Kanyongolo was blunt saying:“During his planned visit to Zimbabwe, the President should not avoid raising the human rights situation in that country.”

He clarified that asking Chakwera to do so was not a personal question, but rather a requirement of the country’s foreign policy.

“This is not my personal ‘ask’, but something that is required by Malawi’s Foreign Policy, whose section 4.4.5 states as follows: ‘Malawi shall endeavor to assert its commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms by raising, as appropriate, human rights concerns in its multilateral and bilateral relations and exchanges.”

Under President Emmerson Mnangangwa, Zimbabweans continue to live in the shadows of human rights abuses.

Many commentators have agreed that Chakwera  should urge Zimbabwe president to urgently address the country’s deteriorating human rights situation.

Under Mnangagwa’s presidency, the abduction and torture of critics of the government has escalated, largely without the arrest of those responsible. In the past year, unidentified assailants, suspected to be state security agents, have abducted and tortured more than 70 government critics.

Zimbabwe’s security forces have also increasingly committed arbitrary arrests, violent assaults, abductions, torture, and other abuses against the political opposition, dissidents, and activists.

Meanwhile,  Zimbabwe has engaged the Israeli government for possible deployment of security experts to Harare to train local forces   on how to effectively contain civil disobedience.

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Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

It’s the people of Zimbabwe who have to take a leading role in the fight for their rights. Freeing the country to South Africa, Malawi, UK etc is not a solution.

1 year ago

Man deal with a myriad of domestic issues first.

Banda 2
Banda 2
1 year ago

Inappropriate time for the President to travel during a pandemic in addition the waste of forex for a needless trip which will bring little benefit from a failed State of Zimbabwe.
Actions such as this will no doubt bring hyper inflation and a devalued Kwacha.
One hand her begs for donors and debt relief but charters a plane at $500,000 to visit a country in worse shape than Malawi.

1 year ago

Mnagagwa or whatever name they call him, his end is near, God is watching, and he’ll find a way out for the people of Zimbabwe,
Praying for you my fellow Africans

1 year ago

Yes indeed but wait a minute. Malawians voted for him with explanations. Let him fulfill or at least begin to sort the explanations of Malawians first before he gets bogged down with international politics

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
1 year ago

He won’t dare

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