Last week, our project managers under the Accountability and Fulfilment for Older People to Raise their Dignity project and the Safeguarding the rights of older women and men Commonwealth Project engaged law enforcers at Limbe Police, Blantyre to improve working relations between the organization, older persons and the police in protecting the rights of older persons. From January to August, at least 15 older persons have been killed as a result of witchcraft accusations.
The Officer in charge of Limbe Police acknowledged the need to promote the rights of older persons as they hold indigenous knowledge which is essential for the countries development. He added that there is need for some laws to be ammended for them to easily work with the community as they are just law enforcers. He further called for innovation and creativeness in designing projects for order persons.
One of the Project Officers, Sangwani Gondwe conveyed that the interface meeting which was initiated by Older Person's Associations (OPA) is an indicator that the work that we are doing through trainings is being instilled in the minds of older persons and that they can ably hold duty bearers to task on matters concerning their welfare.