By Staff Writer:
President Lazarus Chakwera believes a consolidated democracy is key to the attainment and sustenance of development, peace and security of a country.
Chakwera made the remarks on Tuesday at the Democracy Delivers Summit organised by USAID at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Addressing delegates to the meeting, Chakwera observed that through democratic governance and rule of law, Malawi is safeguarding and promoting human rights, and peaceful coexistence between its people.
Chakwera was however quick to state that there is need to clearly define that law by making it clear and accessible to the citizens.
“For instance, Malawi has passed many laws, including laws promoting gender equality and women empowerment, which require a 5050 representation in public appointments. And I myself have appointed many women to senior public positions, including 40% of Cabinet posts, 40% of Heads of Foreign Missions, Head of the Civil Service, Head of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Head of the Financial Intelligence Agency, and Head of the Police Service. The challenge is to ensure that even non-state actors follow this law and this practice,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera has since disclosed that his administration intends to publish the newly passed laws and translate them into the four main local languages to enhance accessibility.
The Malawi leader has therefore appealed for support for capacity building and infrastructure support.
Chakwera is expected to address delegates to the UN General Assembly later on Wednesday.