By Chisomo Phiri
The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has given the government up to June 2024 to address socio- economic challenges the facing country is passing through.
In a statement released on Monday, the commission has expressed dismay over persisting socio-economic ills such as high inflation, food shortage, the hunger situation, high cost of living, among others.
“The Government of Malawi should progressively address the fuel scarcity in Malawi to guarantee the supply and distribution of essential services in the country including medication, medical supplies and food supplies among others.
“The Commission expects the Government to implement this recommendation by the first quarter of the 2024 financial year.
“The Government of Malawi should ensure to regulate the price of maize and other food items on the market to protect Malawians from private traders overcharging these products on the parallel market.
“The Commission expects the Government to implement this recommendation in the fourth quarter of the 2023 financial year,” reads the statement, signed by the commission’s Chairperson Chikondi Chijozi.
Joining Chijozi, the Commission’s Deputy Director on Economic Social and Cultural Rights Lucius Pendame says the prevailing socio-economic problems that the country is experiencing are infringing the rights of the citizenry as many are struggling to access basic needs in the day to day lives.
According to Pendame, they expect the government to address the challenges in time, as Malawians are struggling economically.