Undule hands over CHRR mantle to Mtambo: Malawi rights group changes leadership

One of Malawi’s leading human rights and governance non-governmental organisation Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has appointed Timothy Mtambo as its Executive Director replacing Undule Mwakasungula who retired from the position last year.

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times, the appointment of Mtambo as CHRR Executive Director is with effect to 1st April 2014.

“The Board is pleased to officially announce to the government, civil Society, media donor community development partners and the entire general public the appointment of Mr. Timothy Mtambo as CHRR’s Executive Director.  Mr. Mtambo has served as Acting Executive Director since April 2013 when Mr. Mwakasungula took sick leave. His appointment is with effect from the 1st April 2014” reads part of the statement signed by CHRR Board Chairperson Charity Salima.

Mtambo : New CHRR boss
Mtambo : New CHRR boss
Undule: Retires
Undule: Retires

According to the statement, CHRR board recognises ‘the great sacrifice, passion and dedication Mr. Timothy Mtambo had all along rendered to the noble cause’ both in his capacity as the institution’s Programmes Manager [According to CHRR hierarchy, the position of Programmes Manager is just like the position of Deputy Executive Director elsewhere hence Mtambo deputized Mwakasungula in his capacity as Programmes Manager] and Acting Executive Director throughout the absence of Mr Mwakasungula.

“With the remarkable gains and progress the institution has registered over a few months under Mtambo’s interim leadership, the Board remains confident that Mr Mtambo will continue to provide mature, innovative and transformative leadership to the institution in the best interest of both the institution and the general public” reads the statement.

The statement further informs the general public that this appointment follows the retirement of Undule Mwakasungula

“The Board of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) wishes to officially inform the Malawi Government, the civil society, the media, private sector, donor community, development partners and the general public that Mr. Undule Mwakasungula, who had faithfully and passionately served CHRR’s slogan, “the noble cause is evident in the people themselves” since 1995, retired  from 30th December, 2013.”

Mwakasungula was appointed CHRR Executive Director in 2005 replacing  Ollen Mwalubunju – another passionate human rights defender who had successfully served the noble cause as executive director since its establishment in 1995, reads the statement.

The statement then applauds the former Executive Director for the sacrifice and selfless service he rendered to the institution as well as the public.

“The Board therefore would like to sincerely thank Mr Undule Mwakasungula for the selfless service he rendered both to the institution as well as the entire public particularly during his eight year span as CHRR’S Executive Director. The board hence wishes Mr Mwakasungula all the best in his post-CHRR life. May the good Lord bless and reward him for the courage and sacrifice he took in defending the noble cause in the general interest of Malawians.” reads the statement dated 22 April 2014 signed by CHRR Board Chairperson Charity Salima.

Founded in February 1995 as a non-profit organization registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962, CHRR has championed its work at national level, SADC level through the SADC Human Rights Defenders Network at which it sits in the board, continental level through the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights using its observer status, and at UN level through different UN mechanisms such as the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).



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