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SADCThe Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) wishes to inform the general public, development partners and all stakeholders of the appointment of Mr Michael Simon Kaiyatsa as CHRR’s new Programmes Manager effective 14th March, 2019. Mr Kaiyatsa replaces Mr Patson Gondwe who left CHRR in February, 2019.

Mr. Kaiyatsa brings a wealth of experience to the position having previously worked in management and in areas of research, communication, advocacy and capacity building for many years. Until his appointment, Mr. Kaiyatsa was CHRR’s Senior Programmes Coordinator heading the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Department.

As CHRR builds on its 24 years of experience, Mr. Kaiyatsa’s extensive experience will enable him to lead the programmes team not only in reaching its full potential but also in improving its programming and responsiveness to the needs of communities we serve.

CHRR cordially congratulates Mr Kaiyatsa for the newly assumed position and greatly appreciates the support, guidance, commitment and whole-hearted energy he keeps investing in the growth and sustainability of the organization. CHRR wishes him well in his new role and promises to give him all the support he needs to succeed.  

                                                                                                              Signed:

                                                                                                       Timothy Mtambo

                                                                                                   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NEP 1Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) in partnership with NEPAD under the Gender and Climate Agricultural Change Support Programme (GCACSP) has added its muscle to transform women group in small scale farming through its project which aims empowering smallholder women farmers in climate-smart agricultural practices to mitigate the impact of climate change. As part of extending its advocacy support for women, CHRR through its Civic Education and Gender Department, distributed assorted garden materials to one of the target beneficiary group, Talandila Small Holder Farmers Women Club. The gardening materials which included holes, watering canes, seedlings and panga knives just to mention a few have been distributed to ease the labour force for the productivity in their gardens. Speaking to the Head of Civic Education for CHRR, Mrs Thandizo Mphwiyo said CHRR was not only looking at an angle of software support for the communities but also the physical support that communities can realize their rights to economic development. “CHRR is impressed with the commitment that the women are showing and we will continue to engage our donor to extend the pilot until the impacts can be realized accordingly” she said.  

NEP 2On her part, chairlady for the women group expressed excitement with the coming of the farm inputs as they added their extra gear to work hard to achieve their goals. She assured CHRR that the women were 100% committed hence their call for the extension of the project. Sharing the same note, Group Village Headman Malowa told CHRR that he will ensure that women get the maximum support in terms of security. He further conceded to that fact that capacity building and material support were both vital for the economic development of the women.                           

CHRR remains one of the leading institutions which have tremendously championed the provision capacity building and material support in its advocacy initiatives. The support is part of its strategic plan which runs from 2016 to 2020.

ANNOThe Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) announces the postponement until further notice of the demonstrations that were scheduled for 27th March, 2019.  After deep reflections on our strategies, prevailing state of disaster in Malawi and thorough consultations with relevant stakeholders, we have decided that it is only humane and prudent of us to momentarily shelf our plans to exercise our right to demonstrate and alternately step up the implementation of our other equally effective accountability strategies.  

While demonstrations still remain our all-time accountability mechanism, we thought it wise and duty bound to grief with our brothers and sisters who have been affected by these floods. Malawi is a nation in mourning. Floods have compromised the right to life and property. Floods in the southern region have heavily compromised our demonstration preparations. People that were geared to participate in these demonstrations have either lost their lives or their livelihood.  It is only humane for us as HRDC to join the affected communities in mourning the lives lost and intensify relief efforts to mitigate the impact the floods.We take this opportunity to appeal to the international community to continue supporting Malawi in this time of need.

While we count the devastating impact of flood and join in the relief efforts, our other hand is still on our core mandate-defending human rights.  We have meanwhile intensified our calls for accountability through the courts and to that effect, have already instructed our lawyers to move the courts on a number of cases bordering on human rights abuses, corruption, abuse of power/office to mention but a few.Similarly, we have stepped-up our community engagement and mobilization strategies including holding citizen rallies to empower communities so that they can amplify their call for accountability from duty bearers.

We take this opportunity to remind all including the Malawi Police Service and regime thugs that no amount of terror will intimidate us into abandoning our call and promise to defender human rights. We are aware of all their mechanization to unleash terror on us, but we promise them we are not afraid.We will keep on monitoring the political landscape and will be announcing the new date for the nationwide demonstration in due course.   

God Bless Malawi.

Signed by

Timothy Mtambo                                                         Gift Trapence

HRDC National Chairperson                                    HRDC National Vice    Chairperson

Released on Saturday, 23rd March ,2019 in Lilongwe