Financial Challenges Choking MHRC Efforts to Investigate Cases
The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) is failing to offload a backlog of 300 cases that are outside Lilongwe due to financial constraints.
MHRC Director of Economics,Social and Cultural Rights Makhumbo Munthali has told Zodiak Online that the institution can not carry out investigations on the cases as they await for a bail out from government authorities.
"With the financial challenges the commission is failing to meet it's core objective to protect and promote human rights in the country," Munthali said.
Lawyer Sylvester Ayuba James is concerned with the situation saying this might lead to human rights abuses in the country.
"As a country will be in a situation where there will be a lot of human rights abuses by institutions and individuals which is very bad in a country that values democracy," Ayuba said.
The Tonse led administration has consistently pledged to assist law enforcement agencies such as the Malawi Human Rights Commission in handling various cases.