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Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has renewed its call on Malawi government to domesticate the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in line with the Statute’s principle of complementarity.

Speaking from Dakar, Senegal, after witnessing the sentencing of former Chad ruler, Hissene Habre over crimes against humanity, CHRR Human Rights Advocacy Coordinator, Fletcher Simwaka, said Habre’s successful trial in a foreign country, Senegal, is a moment of reflection for Malawi regarding her legal position on serious crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and war aggression.

The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) through Karonga Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (KAGEWE) project has withdrawn 80 young girls from marriages and re-enrolled them to school in Karonga the northern district of the country.

The exercise has been done in two Traditional Authorities (TAs) only which include Mwilang’ombe and Wasambo in a period of 11 months.

Recently, Nation Publication Limited’s Weekend Nation (NPL) engaged CHRR Executive Director, Timothy Mtambo, on the cash-gate prosecutions progress and other related matters. CHRR web hereby shares what transpired.

WN:       As CHRR, are you satisfied with the investigations surrounding cashgate trials?

 TM:  Not entirely.

 WN:     What have you been CHRR’s observations so far?

TM: While we have seen a series of arrests which clearly point to some level of progress being made on the matter, there is still a cloud of  suspicion that surrounds these cashgate investigations, and cashgate in general.  The manner in which some of these arrests have been conducted raises more questions than answers as to whether the public is being taken for  another ride or not – that is, being made to believe as if something is happening. Of course, there are claims by some quarters that the cashgate arrests are selective, only targeting the previous regime. While realising that such claims may contain some level of truth based on our political history which has been characterised by a cat-and-mouse relationship between the ruling and predecessor party, we at CHRR are of the view that such notions should not inhibit the relevant authorities or the current government from carrying out independent investigations into cashgate, and in cases where those belonging to the previous regime are found to be on the bad side of the law they ought to face justice. People should not hide behind “political witch-hunting” accusations in order to evade the law.  As long as such investigations are informed by intensive independent investigations, void of political interference.