11 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:19 AM

Mutharika angers Malawian human rights body over July 20 compensation

The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) has called out government for failure to give K30 million to relations of the victims of the July 20 2011 demonstrations.

Government has been failing to comply with a court order to compensate the victims.

Speaking to the local press, HRCC chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba said failure to comply with court orders means government takes the role of the judiciary in the country for granted.

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“By failing to implement issues of the judiciary it shows no respect and no regards to the role of the judiciary and in other way we can say court orders are as good as useless,” said Mkwezalamba.

He called on the executive arm of the government to respect decisions made by the judiciary arguing no one should be seen to be defying the constitution.

However, Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale said the treasury looks at procedures in handling court orders.

“Whenever there is judgment, we inform the treasury and it serves the one who comes first and it cannot just pay fresh debts,” said Kaphale.

But some quarters believe government is failing to implement the court order due to economic hardships that the country is currently facing.

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