President Lazarus Chakwera has urged Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) to defend human rights, saying there are always people who will be on the opposing side of the battle.
The President said this at Mtunthama State Lodge in Lilongwe during the swearing in of Chikondi Chijozi as a Malawi Human Rights Commission commissioner.
He said the fight for human rights is not a walk in the park as it is not a job for the timid or faint-hearted.
Said Chakwera: “Human rights must be fought for, not just promoted. It is naïve to ever assume in this world that everyone wants human rights to thrive. That is simply not so. Both history and personal experience teach us that
the curve of human nature bends towards self-interest from birth, which is counter to the selflessness that the advancement of human rights demands.”
In an interview after her swearing-in, Chijozi said she was honoured to be appointed a commissioner for MHRC, adding it gives her another platform to advocate for human rights.
She said: “Under the mandate of the commission, I will continue advocating for human rights in the country.”
She is filling a position that was created by commissioner Patrick Semphere who succumbed to Covid-19 in January this year