Black Monday protests in Malawi starts December 9

Civil society organisations (CSOs) operating under the Grand Coalition have announced that t ‘Black Monday’ protests against the  Joyce Banda government over the looting of public resource dubbed cash-gate scandal involving top ruling People’s Party officials and some civil servants will begin from December 9.

Malawi has been rocked with an embarrassing wide scale embezzlement, which is linked to the September 13 shooting of budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

The CSOs want government to investigate and prosecute suspects involved in the looting between July and September 2013 by end of November.

The activist have been concerned that there were selective prosecution in the cashgate scandal as “big fishes” are being shielded.

Chairperson of the Council for Non-governmental  Organisations (Congoma) Voice Mhone  said activists have proposed — in coordination with other 13 high-profile civil society organisations — calling a ‘Black Monday’ when Malawians will dress in black every Monday to symbolise the death of the public purse after being looted by thieves.

Voice Mhone: ‘Black Monday’ movement against looting of public resources

Mhone said  “the official commissioning of the Black Monday will be December 9 .”

On international level, the Black Monday Movement is also celebrating its first anniversary in the month of December on their fight against wrongful self-enrichment.

The Grand Coalition wants to seek a vote of no confidence in President Joyce Banda’s administration and push for an interim government if the State does not address their concerns over the way it is handling the cashgate .

The CSOs are also aggrieved that despite donors withholding aid over the looting President Banda continues to travel extensively within and outside the country.

On the Action Plan by government in addressing the cashgate, the CSOs argue that the document is a political tool aimed at hoodwinking Malawians into believing that government is committed to dealing with the problem.

Mhone has since a dismissed as propaganda  to associate the Black Monday day to negative things, saying the ‘Black Monday’ movement I s a “symbol of mourning”.

“Wear black every Monday from December 9 to show your discontent with theft of public funds,” appeals Mhone.

The CSOs have also planned periodic peaceful mass demonstrations across the country.

They also will be conducting a go-slow or stay-away from work to facilitate and in support of citizen occupation of Capital Hill and ensure that the President is in office daily so that she is seen to be part of the solution to the crisis.

Grand Coalition  will also organise a citizen occupation of State houses and conducting vigils and prayers for the country.

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