Women lawyers intensify pressure on Mutharika over  Mchacha, gender-issues

Women Lawyers Association have threatened redress “elsewhere” if President Peter Mutharika fails to respond to their petition of the firing of Deputy Minister of Homeland Charles Mchacha and other gender issues within a ‘reasonable time.’

Women Lawyers Association has become the latest grouping to appeal to the President to reconsider his decision on women representation

Women Lawyers Association’s research and advocacy coordinator  Dr. Benedetta Malunga said Mutharika did not address a single concern of the three point petition which the association presented to him on Monday.

“Some people say he has responded through his speech at the graduation ceremony of the University of Malawi students that is not true. He has not responded to our concerns. None of the three issues we raised to him had been addressed,” said Malunga.

She said the lawyers have given the President a “reasonable” time to respond before taking another course of action.

In his speech on Wednesday, Mutharika hit back at critics who say his newly hired Cabinet is gender insensitive, saying the private sector has less women in decision making positions, throwing away any ray of hope that he will increase the number of women in the male dominated 20-member cabinet.

He avoided mentioning the women lawyers although his comments came barely a day after the women lawyers in the country marched to  deliver through Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Lloyd Muhara, where they asked Mutharika  to increase the number of women in the Cabinet as provided for by the law.

Currently, there are only three women ministers down from four.

Mutharika said he is committed to putting women in decision making positions but said this was the task of not only the government but even the private sector and other institutions.

“How many private institutions have more women? There are fewer chief executive officers in the private sector,” he said.

He said the government is striving to ensure gender equality citing the appointment of the female ombudsman, the Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson, two new female judges and the secretary general of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Ironically, Mutharika’s traditional political archrival,  UTM party has a female secretary general, Patricia Kaliati.

However, Mutharika did not touch the issue of Mchacha, governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the South who is under fire  for purportedly demeaning women participating in public affairs and holding a different political view.

Mchacha has been calling women who join UTM as prostitutes, remarks that have angered women activists, saying such remarks are demeaning and prevent women from taking up politics as a career.

The lawyers’ appeal comes hot on the heels of similar calls by the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency—an institution championing gender equality in elected political positions—which has faulted the President for reducing the number of women in Cabinet.

On women representation in crucial bodies, the lawyers described as worrying a trend that fewer women are being appointed as Cabinet ministers or heads of boards for State-owned enterprises and accused Mutharika of violating the Constitution by sidelining women.

“The decision to appoint less women is in violation of our Constitution which in Section 13 declares to be a principle of our national policy to actively promote welfare and development of our people pushing for gender equality through the full participation of women in all spheres of Malawian society on basis of equal opportunities with men,” reads part of the letter signed by the association’s president Sarai Chisala-Tempelhoff.

The women lawyers further stressed that the Gender Equality Act of 2013 strengthens the need to promote gender equality, equal integration, influence, empowerment, dignity and opportunities for men and women in all functions of society.

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Max
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What is a reasonable time in this case?? kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Bibi Matama
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don’t waste your time. Many of us more than your small group are happy with what the president has done. Soon you’ll see us petitioning the president in due course not to change his decision and we will see who will win the case between you and us. Just wait and see.

THAMBANI
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THAMBANI

TIYE NAWONI APUMBWA AMENENEWA AZOLOWERA !

Bingu wa Mutharika
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Bingu wa Mutharika

Prostitute lawyers or women lawyers?

Mchacha the Terrrorist
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Mchacha the Terrrorist

@ Bingu
This is the very language that we abhor. Imagine someone using that language against your wife, your mother , your daughter , your sister , your granny etc would you take it kindly?. When mistakes are made regardless of who makes them lets accept and acknowledge that and do the right thing otherwise justifying bad things or mistakes is nothing short of stupidity and lack of civilization .

Ntumbuka Mwenecho
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Ntumbuka Mwenecho

These women ni vindere vakufikapo. Who is Bennedeta Malunga? The one in the middle carrying two pieces of wigs – the black one reaching the neck area and the white one looking like a hair patch? Fake fake and fake good-for-nothing women through and through.

Timu
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Timu

Chamba chimaonongadi munthu
Wabwino bwino wopempheranso

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********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* In life are so many battles. But its always important to: “Pick battles big enough to matter, but small enough to win” – Jonathan Kozol I can promise you ladies, the battle you have picked is neither big enough to matter, nor small enough for you to win. Nanga, is there any research showing that a person’s sex or gender affects their performance? What if APM only appoints men for his cabinet and it performs? Or what if he chooses only women and it performs? Would any sensible person complain? Which is more important that the other: that a… Read more »

pacalo
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pacalo

Apart from the gender issue, the man is uneducated and a brute to hold this or any other office in this land full stop.The lawyers know this.

Shaft Sachapandimadzi
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Shaft Sachapandimadzi

These Women Lawyers UTM agents so go to hello. Mchacha targeted UTM women as prostitutes if u r not UTM members u wldnt hv commented on that bcz it targeted UTM women. Go to hello u useless lawyers. Uhule ndiye wakuvutami apa. Shut up!!!

Yosefe Mateyu
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Yosefe Mateyu

It means there are no women of substance available. Maybe you want him to appoint Kaliati, Calista and Shanil kkkkk

Gwede
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Gwede

Koma this President is really too dull. How can a reasonable person compare private companies and government???? It really beats logic how one would think thus Mxii!!

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