The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has implored on the United Nations to strip President Peter Mutharika off of the He4She title following ‘scathing remarks against dignity former President Joyce Banda’.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lilongwe today, the HRDC leadership has also demanded that President Mutharika should issue an immediate and unconditional apology.
President Mutharika on Monday took a swipe at the former first woman leader during a whistle stop rally he held in Thyolo district, describing her as “a woman of loose character”.
HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence has described the remarks by the president as shameful and demeaning.
“It’s a shame that we have to sit down and lament that a leader has stooped this low,” he said.
Trapence added that it was unfortunate that such remarks were coming from the champions He4SHE.
“Being an ambassador for He4SHe campaign, it is unimaginable that he could attack the dignity of a woman in such a manner,” said Trapence.
Concurring with Trapence, member for the grouping Beatrice Mateyu said such remarks need to be condemned as they may reinforce violence in the country.
She urged political parties to prioritize issue-based campaign to win people’s hearts than demeaning women and girls.
In a related development, the coalition has said it is eagerly waiting for new MEC commissioners by Friday this week failing which they will take to the streets.
State House and the United Nations are yet to comment on the issue in relation to calls to strip off Mutharika of the He4She envoy role.
Meanwhile, NICE Executive Director Ollen Mwalubunju has issued a statement condemning castigation on the political podium to arrest a surge in political violence.
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