Malawi civil society urge Botswana leader to end death penalty

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Chakwera (r) hold bilateral talks with Masisi at Kamuzu Palace

LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – Malawi civil society organisations  – the Youth and Society (YAS) and the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) –  had persuaded  President Dr Lazarus Chakwera, to use his meeting with Botswana’s President Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, to advise his counterpart to end the application of the death penalty in Botswana.

Chakwera hostedd Masisi at Kamuzu Palace for bilateral talks on his one day official visit.

YAS executive director  Mr Charles Kajoloweka and CHRR executive director  Mr Michael Kaiyatsa, in a joint statement observe that four people have been put to death since Masisi came to power in November 2019.

Reads in part the statement of human rights bodies: “We also urge Malawi to lead by example by ensuring that the death penalty is abolished in its own statutes. Much as it has not been enforced since 1994, the law on death penalty  remains on the books, and there is, therefore, a need to ensure that it is repealed in order to comply with the country’s national, regional and international human rights.”

The two Southern African presidents exchanged views on bilateral and regional issues of mutual interests, including potential areas of cooperation between Botswana and Malawi.

Chakwera (r) hold bilateral talks with Masisi at Kamuzu Palace

President arthy Chakwera  said at a press conference later that he has agreed with Masisi  that Malawi and Botswana should open up diplomatic missions to further cement the diplomatic relations.

“I can make it known that we have discussed on great plans of opening diplomatic embassies in our two states so that we serve our people well. When we both study our economic openings and see that there is an opportunity why not implementing this idea? asked Chakwera.

“What started our unity will continue so that the citizens of these two nations realize the fruits of togetherness. Malawi is grateful for this profound gesture shown by our brothers and sisters in Botswana. My visit to Botswana on November, 27 2020 was very successful,” he said.

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