Chakwera challenges to champion human rights

State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has challenged the citizenry to reflect on human rights and as a practice. Chakwera made the remarks Wednesday at Mtunthama State Lodge in Lilongwe during the swearing in ceremony of new Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Commissioner Chikondi Chijozi into the Seventh Cohort.  The State President said human rights must be practiced and fought for, not just promoted as way for human rights to thrive.  “We must first ensure that human rights are something we ourselves practice, and I can think of nothing more tragic than the idea of a human rights commissioner who routinely violets the rights of his or her workers at home, or the rights of his or her subordinates and colleagues at work or the rights of his or her children or fellow citizen in the public square,’’ said Chakwera. Chakwera : human rights should be practiced and fought for Chakwera further challenged Commissioner Chijozi and the entire MHRC to take powerful forces to task without fear, hence the need for themselves to practice human rights. “My point is that advancing human rights is no-walk-in-the-park and must not be taken on by the timid and cowardly; the forces you have to fight off to protect human rights are formidable,’’ he said. The Head of State described Commissioner Chijozi as brave and a right person to take on powerful forces and keeping them in check. According to Chakwera, consolidation of human rights in the country is possible when MHRC works with other commissioners like law commissioner and Ombudsman and Minister of Justice who are beacons of light.  In her remarks, Commissioner Chijozi said her appointment will add value to the work of MHRC and the nation at large. Commissioner Chijozi (holding a Bible) : I'm honored “I'm honored to be given the opportunity to serve at Malawi Human Rights CommissionMy appointment will add value to the work of Malawi Human Rights Commission as well as the nation’s larger platform. Under the leadership of brave Habib Osman and Ombudsman Martha Chizuma, we will promote human rights in the country,” said Chijozi. Commissioner Chijozi fills the vacancy in the MHRC post following the death of the Chairperson, late Patrick Semphere early this year. Commissioner Chijozi is a Human Rights lawyer with 14-year vast experience in the field. Sharing is Caring!