Civil society organizations in the country have opposed government’s plan to provide bodyguards to district commissioners and chief executive officers of councils

A consortium of 10 organizations has opposed the security mechanism in a joint statement released a day after minister of local government Richard Chimwendo Banda announced the plan during a  quarterly coordination meeting in Mzuzu.

Meanwhile, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has asked government to come open and justify reasons of providing body guards to the District Commissioners and Chief Executive of councils.

Executive Director of CHRR, Michael Kaiyatsa questioned the reason behind the move saying much as he understands the importance of providing security mechanism to government officials but it is not necessary as the country is going through economic challenges.

He said the information gap is creating unnecessary speculations as the time is fast approaching general elections.