May 21, 2018 Last Updated 8:03 AM, May 21, 2018

Malawi Commemorates International Day Of Older Persons

This year’s theme is focusing on enabling and expanding contributions of older people in their families This year’s theme is focusing on enabling and expanding contributions of older people in their families Image sourced at gettyimages.com
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Malawi on Wednesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Day of Older Persons which falls on October 1 every year.

This year’s theme is focusing on enabling and expanding contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large.

Minister responsible for Disability and Social Welfare Jean Kalirani says older persons need to be given the rightful role to continue socializing with younger ones providing guidance to men and women.

Speaking to the Malawi News Agency, Kalirani urged Malawians to recognise, respect and appreciate the wealth of experience, knowledge and wisdom that older persons have.

She pointed out that ageing is not a crime, but a process of human growth.

On his part, Executive Director for Malawi Network for older Persons Organization-MANEPO Andrew Kavala, revealed that the organisation in collaboration with the government, they are reviewing the Older Persons Act in order to improve the livelihood of the elderly.

Earlier the Malawi Human Rights Commission expressed optimism that the reviewed Witchcraft bill will be ready early 2018.

Often the elderly are the most vulnerable when it comes to accusations of witchcraft, and are ill-treated and abused in their communities on suspicion of being witches.

Currently Malawi is using an outdated 106 year old Witchcraft act from 1911, which is one of the reasons why Authorities are not able to take action against perpetrators of superstitious beliefs because they are not legally recognised.

Reacting to the delay of the review of the Act, the Malawi Human Rights Commission Director of disability and elderly rights Wycliff Masoo said the process was undergoing sensitisation and consultations. 

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