President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has joined Malawians in mourning illustrious human rights activist Rafiq Hajat.
Hajat died of heart attack in Blantyre this morning.
Command Home Director of Conversation, Sean Tsanzo Kampondeni, told journalists in the course of a bi-weekly press briefing at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe that Chakwera is saddened by the passing of the courageous activist.
“The President has learnt with unhappiness about his death. He has instructed me to lift his condolences to his family and the human rights fraternity right here in the nation, which has lost a huge huge. And so, this morning, we launch our briefing with a 2nd of silence over the passing of this gigantic hero,” mentioned Kampondeni.
Hajat used to be born on 14 September 1955 in Blantyre and used to be a prominent Malawian civil rights activist.
He is the founder and director for the Institute for Policy Interplay (IPI), which is with out doubt a number of the civil rights organizations that fought for democracy early 1990s.
He used to be additionally the chairman of the Nyasa Junior Academy, a non-public faculty basically based fully mostly in Blantyre.
In the end of his lifetime, Hajat ragged to describe himself as “political activist and grassroots person”.
He once served as an govt member of the United Democratic Front (UDF), vp of the nation’s chamber of commerce and exchange, chairman of Vogue of Malawian Merchants’ Trust (DEMAT).
He got a B.A. in political science at Saint Xavier School in India in 1975.
Hajat is survived by a wife, youngsters and grandchildren.