Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) on Thursday successfully delivered its petitions to government authorities after demonstrations against the government’s failure to swiftly act on the plundering of public finances in what is known as cash-gate scandal.
The poorly patronized but peaceful demonstrations which started from Parliament Building to the Capital Hill in Lilongwe were graced by the participation of president of the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions Chauluka Muwaye and a Human rights activist Billy Mayaya.
Muwake said he was participating in the demonstrations because of the concerns over the delayed payment for health worker.
“So our participation as MCTU is on the basis that our members in the health sector are up to now yet to receive their salaries because of the ongoing cash-gate scandal. So we want the government to address these salaries with urgency,” he said.
On his turn Executive director of CAMA, John Kapito said it is sad that the tax payers money are being plundered like no body’s business by people who are not concerned with the plight of the majority of Malawians.
“So we have seen that President Joyce Banda is not doing enough to curb these malpractices,” he said
In the petition read out by the activist Billy Mayaya the protesters are among other issues demanding the resignation of Banda and the formation of an all inclusive care taker government that would oversee government operations until 2014 elections.
The petition also calls for the resignation of Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga, Accountant General and all the Principal Secretaries and the immediate reshuffle of the cabinet.
Taking his turn, Kapito challenged that anyone who wish to run for the presidency during the 2014 Tripartite elections
should come in open and declare his or her assets.
“In 2014 we don’t want a leader will be promoting or involved in massive corruption in government and for that matter, anyone who will not publicly declare assets will not be put in power.
“As long as this kind of running government continues, we will continue going into the street and believe you me, next time we will hold a vigil at the State House,” he said adding that they are tired of arresting low level civil servants but they want the big fishes behind the looting at Capital Hill.
Receiving the petition, Lilongwe District Commission Felix Mkandawire applauded the demonstrators for the peaceful march assuring them their grievance will be looked into by the relevant authorities within three days.
Other notable faces at the demonstrations includes Ben Phiri special aide to opposition DPP president, Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) leaders Chauluka Muwaye and Pontius Kalichero among others.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :