President Peter Mutharika and his the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government have failed to government Malawi, especially when it comes to the economy and governance , the two vibrant civil society organisations (CSOs) in the country have said.
The CSOs, Centre for Development of People (Cedep) and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), expressed concern over the “serious challenges” Malawians are facing that have resulted in systematic violation of their human rights as enshrined in the Constitution.
In a media statement made available to Nyasa Times, the two CSOs say it is particularly disturbing to note that most of the challenges facing the country are emanating from poor leadership, lack of patriotism, compromised integrity as well as glorification of political expediency at the cost of nation-good on the part of the DPP government.
Cedep and CHRR have since reminded government that the primary role of every government is to protect its citizens and the President [Peter Mutharika] and the Cabinet took an oath to protect and defend the Republican Constitution where human rights and good governance are enshrined.
“Failure to deliver is tantamount to violating the human rights of Malawians. Finally, we wish to call upon Malawians that it is within their democratic power to demand good governance and development from government,” the rights campaigners said.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said the party “agree with the observations” made by Cedep and CHRR.
Mkaka said the main opposition block is also “disturbed “ the issue of “selective justice, politicisation of governance institutions, electricity blackouts and water shortages.”
But DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila dismissed the CSOs statement saying it was too ridiculously subjective, illogical and flawed.