State rights body MHRC calls  for protests ceasefire: Analyst says ‘high level of hypocrisy’

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has made a frantic plea to Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to call off the scheduled by-weekly protests, saying they are turning violent.

Nungu: HRDC should call off demos

MHRC executive director David Nungu says the protests will negatively affect the country’s economy and greater suffering of the people.

“These negative effects could be avoided if peaceful means of resolving the current electoral disputes were applied.

“This being the case, the commission appeals to the organisers of the demonstrations, the HRDC, to consider calling off the demonstrations for now and allow for a reflection meeting with the commission,” says the statement from the taxpayer-funded human rights watchdog made available to Nyasa Times.

Nungu says in the statement that while the commission does not want to appear to limit the enjoyment of the right to demonstrate, it nevertheless has a duty to ensure the protection of and respect for all other equally important rights as guaranteed by the Republican Constitution.

“The commission believes this is also in the interest of HRDC. Therefore, the reflection meeting would enable the HRDC and the commission to reach a common position on the application of this duty,” says the MHRC statement.

The commission is also asking the leadership of all political parties to embrace peace in all their public utterances.

“It has been greatly worrisome that a few leaders still use hate and provocative speech during the post-election political meetings when peace is what the nation needs,” says Nungu in the statement.

He said the commission would soon be announcing its peace initiative in which all stakeholders and good meaning Malawians would be invited to participate.

The Constitution mandates MHRC to protect and investigate violations of human rights or any other law.

Commenting on the statement by MHRC, governance expert and commentator Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that statement smacks” a high level of hypocrisy.”

He said: “ It’s selective and biased  assessment or analysis  of the post-election demonstrations organised by HRDC [and]  falls short of a statement issued by a national independent human rights body.

“ If truth be told, it’s like a DPP or State House press statement selectively condemning violence under the guise of promoting peace.”

Munthali pointed out that, MHRC statement has completely paid a blind eye  to the violence committed by ruling  DPP cadets as well as the Police’s unprofessional conduct in firing teargas at MCP headquarters.

“ It has further failed to condemn the unwarranted capture  of Blantyre City Council by the DPP in blocking CSOs of exercising their right to demonstration yet the July 20, 2011 demos Commission of Inquiry report bemoaned such conduct.

“ The MHRC report has not condemned the MCP Blantyre office arson. Most importantly, the Report has said nothing about the need to balance between calls for peace or dialogue and the need to ensure there is accountability or justice on what happened on May 20, 2011.”

Munthali observed that  MHRC is only concerned with peace at the expense of establishing the truth on what transpired on the elections

“As someone with human rights background, MHRC statement is wanting in several aspects in as far as Human Rights protection and promotion is concerned, and I am afraid this might the worst and most embarrassing statement I have read from the Commission in recent times,” he added.

In April this year, President Peter Mutharika appointed new commissioners for MHRC. He retained media consultant Baldwin Chiyamwaka and Bertha Sefu and roped in law don Dr Sunduzwayo Madise, Stella Twea, Scader Louis, the Reverend Cecilia Kotima and former Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) president Boniface Massah.

The seven will be joined by Law Commissioner Rosemary Kanyuka and Ombudsman Martha Chizuma as ex-officio members who will complete the line-up.

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Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

M’nyumba moti akuba abamo mumakhala mtendere agalu inu a DPP u champion peace pamene mukungotibera ndalama zathu tsiku ndi tsiku.

Gona pa Muhanya
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Gona pa Muhanya

There can never be peace without justice (Peter Tosh). You call for peace and yet you practice injustice what a nonsense

Bwabwalala Mlakho
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Bwabwalala Mlakho

Thieves should not be allowed to rule Malawi

Namalila
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Namalila

Then why are you allowing MCP to exist after they have killed all those innocent uncles through crocodiles

Honorable Political Investor
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Honorable Political Investor

The only economic growth I have witnessed under Mutharika Banana Republic is raising tax!.
This country panopa it does not require a civilian government. I think we need a Junta Government. I dont why Army General Nundwe is taking too long. I am tired with these stuoid and tribalistic charlatans of politicians.H

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

Tationetseni nkhope ya Makhumbo Munthali, tione kuti amaoneka bwanji, Atumbukawa atitopetsa tsopano mxiewww

Kwangwgwa
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Kwangwgwa

Ndiye poti Nungu ndi mmodzi mwa Atumbukawo, muti bwa, agalu inu?

Ecclessia
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Ecclessia

Foolish Human Rights Commission. Very stupid Commission.

DRAKE
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DRAKE

Who is Khumbo Munthali? A compromised person and most of the commentators here are from the side of the Violence. Most of you writing in support of violence dont know what MHRC is trying to put across, Malawi is a peaceful Democratic Society, we dont have to abuse the peace because of the rights, we have a lot to protect. For you and me to be able to sit on our computers to write its because there is peace and we can not sit around watch the heartless people trying to incite a tribal war. At all cost Mr Mtambo… Read more »

dalo
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dalo

Za ziiiii…..Kodi inu A DPP basi mukungoona ngati munafikapo? Anthu omvetsa chisoni ngati inu sindinawaone.Mkazi akukukana koma iwe nganga palinzeru apa? Majority we dont want you poeple mwaba,mwapha kwakwana.Muzingodikila tsiku loikidwa mundende basi kaya patenga nthawi bwanji koma apo ndiye musaiwale ai,bola moyo.

Chiswa B
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Chiswa B

HOW DOES ONE BECOME AN ANALYST OR EXPERT? MY MIND IS BAFFLED. MOST OF THESE SO CALLED EXPERTS OR ANALYSTS DONT QUALIFY TO BE DEFINED AS SUCH. THEY ARE HIGHLY COMPROMISED

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

So in your eyes Mr Porcupine or Nungu you want to tell people that when there are ills that need to be sorted out then people must just sit???? In revolution or freedom fighting there will always be Casualties or Martyrs so for things to be ok there will always be those resisting change. Malawi is sick, there is no leadership the country is on autopilot. Malawi needs a leader.