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Activists mourn ex-minister Reen Kachere

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MOURNED—Kachere

Human rights activists in the country have described former cabinet minister Reen Kachere, who succumbed to diabetes Monday, as an activist who was passionate in her cause.

The activists say Kachere was one of the few women who took part in fighting for Malawi’s multiparty democracy.

She had been actively involved in activism before joining politics.

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Kachere once served as Minister of Gender and Minister of Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly. She also served as a Member of Parliament for Neno West Constituency.

Her son, Edgar, said Kachere was a source of inspiration to the family.

“The family has lost a very important person; a pillar and a source of inspiration. She is a woman who served her country well,” Edgar Kachere said.

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Presidential adviser on non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Martha Kwataine, said Monday that it was a sad moment for Malawi to lose two women rights activists within four days.

“It has been a bad wave for the NGO sector. We just laid to rest [Emmie] Chanika yesterday [Monday] only to be welcomed by another piece of sad news. Kachere was among the first women in Malawi to register organisations that advanced women’s rights,” Kwataine said.

Former NGO Gender Coordination Network chairperson, Emma Kaliya, also mourned Kachere’s passing, saying the former cabinet minister played a big role in fighting for Malawi’s democracy.

“She fearlessly fought for women’s rights. We constantly looked up to her in terms of skills in our work,” Kaliya said.

Constitutional law expert Edge Kanyongolo said Kachere was one of the few women who took part in the development of Malawi’s new Constitution in 1995.

Kachere is survived by six children and 12 grandchildren.

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