Malawi CSOs challenge Chakwera to engage Zimbabwe president on rights violations

The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the  Youth  and Society (YAS) have written a letter to Minister if Foreign Affairs Elsenwhower Mkaka asking  President Lazarus Chakwera , who will be on a two-day State visit to Harare, to engage President Emmerson Mnangagwa to “tone down”  on escalation of human rights violations.

Chakwera challenged not to be party to ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ pact

In a letter  dated September 29 2020, made seen by Nyasa Times,  CHRR acting executive director Micheal Kaiyatsa and YAS  executive director Charles Kajoloweka said Zimbabwe is now characterused by arbitrary arrests, abductions, expulsions,  disappearances and torture if journalists, political activists, government critics and human rights defenders.

The CSOs pointed out that the  most recent violent clampdown on human rights came in response to a scheduled 31 July demonstration organised by activists who are demanding a better Zimbabwe.

The march was supposed to be peaceful mass protest against corruption, unbearable economic hardship and social injustices made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

They said: “Time has come for Malawi and its leadership to take a just stand against a continued impunity and draconian attempts at silencing the peoples of our neighbouring nations.”

They observed that  Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) leaders have indifferently watched, rarely exerted pressure  on Zimbabwe.

The CSOs said the Sadc leaders silence has “aided and abetted the tragedy reducing Zimbabwe to a model of how demise of rule of law can relegate a democratic nation to an enemy of its people.

“The ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ pact has not helped make Zimbabwe a better place for all, but made SADC member States, including Malawi, complicit to the horrifying human rights violations and a breakdown of rule of law currently getting worse,” said the Malawi rights defenders.

Therefore,  CHRR and YAS  urge Chakwera,  “to use this State visit as a platform to send a clear message that the actions of the Government of Zimbabwe are inherently at wide variance with the agreed norms of democratic governance and call upon them to address fundamental domestic challenges whose effects are disastrous on its people and the region.”

Presidential spokesman Brian Banda said Chakwera as the incoming Sadc chairperson is on a tour aimed at strengthening bilateral relations through trade.

He said there are diplomatic ways how countries talk to each other and that  concerns from CSOs  “cannot be discussed in the media.”

This is Chakwera’s second foreign trip since taking office in June. Last week he visited Zambia on a day-return where he met that country’s President Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

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2 years ago

My advice to Mr LMC is to warn Mr president please play cool and apply diplomatic knowledge to speak with because that man is a hardcore look what happened to ANC delegates who visited him last couple weeks turned to chaos between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Masauso Munyunga
Masauso Munyunga
2 years ago
Reply to  GINAH HI-5

The president must focus on business engangements with Zimbabwe and refuse totally in getting involved in Zim politics. Zimbabweans must deal with their challenges as Zimbabweans

2 years ago

Good advice to the President. These CSO’s must be seen to be working by their masters in order to earn a living . 20th Centrury Judasses. The CSO’s must be told not look at the Zimbabwean problem through a glass prism. Zimbabwe is not a district in Malawi. Before Chakwera starts talking of Humans rights in Zimbabwe he must first join the international community who are calling for the removal of sanctions on Zimbabwe , which in itself is a flagrant violation of human rights. Look at the untold suffering these sanctions are causing to the masses of Zimbabwe. SANCTIONS… Read more »

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