CSOs attack Mutharika over Malawi economy: Stop sleepwalking, fix or ‘rig’ it!

Malawi Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) have undermined President Peter Mutharika economic credentials, calling him to fix the country’s ailing economy.

The CSOs include Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Human Rights Defenders Forum, Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), Civil and Political Space Platform as well as human rights activists Martha Kwataine and Billy Mayaya.

Malawi President Mutharika attacked on fiscal incontinence

Malawi President Mutharika attacked on fiscal incontinence

CSO's dare Malwi President Mutharika on economy

CSO’s dare Malwi President Mutharika on economy

Reading the statement to journalists on behalf of the grouping, Timothy Mtambo of CHRR, and activist Billy Mayaya appealed to Mutharika to fix the economy, saying Malawians are going through rough times.

“It is clear that Malawians are going through tough times as goods and services are extremely difficult to acquire,” said Mayaya, the blame lies squarely and fairly with Mutharika who is the leader, they argued.

The accuse Mutharika of boasting on working to the country’s economic growth but his actions betray him.

“While we appreciate that part of the problem is the cashgate scandal, the current leadership is manifestly using cashgate as a shield or excuse from undertaking efforts to revamp the economy and restore the confidence of Malawians in the public goods and services. To date, the level of debt has doubled the pre-HIPC era of 2002.”

Adding that: “The population of ultra-poor Malawians has also increased, and so has the economic growth declined. These are some of the realities that should pre-occupy any responsible leader.”

The CSOs have since asked Mutharika to reduce his motorcade in this economic crisis period.

“Instead of meaningfully promoting fiscal discipline in the management of scarce revenue, the Presidency is maintaining a huge motorcade. While the President has a balloon motorcade, the Vice President has a motorcade of not less than 10 vehicles. This is unjustified extravagance and must be desisted.

“The implication of the present realities is that Government is not only pushing more accountability to the future generation to settle the skyrocketing debt but also that it is spending that which belongs to the future generation.”

The CSOs accused the leadership for failing to demonstrate the good intentions of the proclaimed reforms and condemned the Mutharika leadership style.

“We would want to see the President walk with all Malawians in tightening his belts as well as a consequence of the prevailing economic situation,” read the statement in part.

The CSOs also asked Mutharika to fix myriad of problems which Malawians are going through such as water and electricity problems.

Mutharika has been accusing his critics for failing to offer workable, thought-through solutions.

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34 thoughts on “CSOs attack Mutharika over Malawi economy: Stop sleepwalking, fix or ‘rig’ it!”

  1. Emmanuel E. Muyenza says:

    Pressure bursts the pipe. Keep the pressure!

  2. Sapitwa says:

    Some Idiot does not understand grounds for impeachment. Even if there were constitutional grounds, the legislator MUST vote for impeachment. The president has the right to apply to the constitutional High court for injunction for process. You see, this is no easy process to think of removing the President and VP from Office. Read about Bingu”s call for impeachment in 2005 which failed. You will see that this is no easy route.
    May be stage a coup and if you are not careful and it foils, you will be hanged for treason.
    Stage a Demo to remove him. It will be an acid test if it will yield intended results; if it will not be just another risk to someone’s life.
    His door is open as he said that if there is anyone with a solution to the problems, go and engage with him.

  3. MaKopa says:

    APM has failed the nation its a must for him to resign or be impeached at the parliament. I wander what our MPs thinking about the APM leadership of mafia style

  4. Today's Quote says:

    “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your parents, the ecology or the president. You realise that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

  5. kumangoni says:

    No man is an anthill

  6. Sapitwa says:

    Amaliongo ali cheru! Nkhondo ibwere apa mukalowa mu nsewu kukachita za mavuvu kufuna kulanda Boma mwa upandu ikhala ya magulu othandiza Boma and ozonda Boma. Ulendo uno a Police salowerera konse. Azangokhala cheru kuletsetsa osati kutenga mbali.
    Ali yense wa shop yake ali kalikilili kinola zikwanje ndi nkhwangwa ndi mivi. Uyo ayetserere kuthyola shop ya mwimi adzachakachidwa ndi nkhwangwa ndi mic info zikwanje. Ma AK 47 ali kale kutsonkhanitsidwa mwa mtseli ndipo zidzakhala zoopsya pa tsikuli.
    This is what I have gathered from the reliable source who will counter the Demo and they vowed to make it unpeaceful!
    I have warned; heed my warn! Get warned guys, kulibe zochezatu ulendo uno. Akuti azapha anthu ngati nkhuku!

  7. Zapamalawi says:

    APM aphunzire mmene pulezidenti wa dziko la Botswana mmene amayendetsera dziko.Magalimoto ambiri amene amakhala pa ndanda wa galimoto zimaonga Ndalama zochuluka.Pitala asiyanitse ntchito za boma ndi za chipani chake cha DPP.
    Zochititsa manyazi zomve zikuchitika pa MBC zithe.
    Adziwe kuti u professor ndi utsogoleri ndi zinthu ziwiri zosiyana.
    Aphunzire kuti Malawi ndi dziko losauka chotero sibwino kumawaudza a Malawi za ukhumutcha(millionaire)pamene a Malawi ambiri akuvutika ndi umphawi.
    Mutharika adziwe kuti palibe investor amene angayambitse ntchito za malonda m’dziko momwe mulibe magetsi ndi madzi.Dziko momwe misika komanso ma shop ndi makampani zikupsa ndi moto tsiku ndi tsiku.
    Mutharika aphunzire kuti makani pa zinthu zopanda pake sathandiza.

  8. Muntharika has tried to attract investors but failled. Which investors will invest in a natio. Without electricity? We are living in fast growing moden tid. Everything is datarizenation how can that function in Malawi? The man is hated abroad. He showed arrogate when he was with his brother and he thought h is a prof. He could use that status. How many prof. In western world or Malawi?People who have lived in Europe or America think they are better than those at home. Malawi law must change. The age of the leader and MPs should be changed. U can not have so old leaders who are depending on those surrounding them to tell them. Peter can not make his own judgements. He will make mistakes just lik JB. Worse with him. Please old men or women are not good for leadership. Look at Europe it is only leaders in the 40-60. Peter has never been a politician. This is wrong to be a leader. All people think it is easy to be a leader. One can make it if the economy of the country is doing well. With Malawians greedy of enriching themselves it will NEVER WORK.

  9. chithope says:

    Kwaine mkuthokonza inu mabungwe chifukwa mwaona momwe amalawi tikuvutikira ndipo zaka ziwiri zikuoneka ngati 10 choncho ndikugwirizana nanu kwa thunthu kuti akuluwa angotula pasi udindo chifukwa mwaiwo mulibe mphatso yautsogoleri

  10. MADALA TEAM says:


  11. The Only Democrat Left says:

    No 21
    Problem is not devaluation of kwacha at all. The problem with our economy is the externalisation of billions Bingu, dunderhead Mutharika and the Indian traders have illegally banked in Dubai, UK, South Africa etc.
    Because these billions are not circulation in Malawi, the billions do not benefit Malawi’s economy and causes the inflation and loss of value of the Kwacha.
    Under Kamuzu, unauthorised externalisation was a serious crime so the Indian traders kept their money in Malawi therefore the kwacha was strong and because the Indians were paying taxes which they now do not the money was invested in Malawi’s economy.

  12. The Only Democrat Left says:

    CSO’s you have to be practical and spell out that the these three key elements to solving the downward spiral of Malawi’s economy are:

    1. For dunderhead Mutharika to bring back to Malawi the billions that is thankfully dead brother Bingu and he stole from Malawi.

    2. STOP CORRUPTION and STOP dunderhead Mutharika receiving bribes from Indian traders.

    3. Contract Crown Agents in London to procure., school excise books, pharmaceuticals and fertilizer for Malawi as it was the case under Kamuzu hen there was little or no corruption. In the procurement of school exercise books, pharmaceuticals and fertilizer, for every $1 spent 70% goes in the pocket of the Indians who supply the items. who then pay dunderhead Mutharika 15%. So government will save up to 70% if we insist that these contracts must be handled by reputable organisations like Crown Agent.

  13. ben says:

    Probelm is devaluation of Malawi kwacha, we are the worst performing currency in the world, Goodal and Chuka have failed miserable under Chukas watch the kwacha has moved from 167 to 570 he must be the worst governor in the history of all countries, then what does he do he allows exporters like Limbe Leaf, JTI Africa Leaf, keep 100% of there export proceeds, chuka use common sense forex is scarce commoddity how can you allow something which is scarce to be traded by greedy exporters and commercial banks who will devalue the kwacha for there profits at the expense of poor Malawians. RBM governor, his team and Goodall have not handled the devaluation well. WHY are we OFF track with IMF Programme it is because of kwacha devaluation as if kwacha was stable then goods, services would have been cheaper air travel for VIPS would be cheaper and there would have been no need to overspend the budget. RBM change the law of exporters allowed to keep 60% of there proceeds rest should be changed immedietly with RBM, if this is not done in time, Government will overspend there budget and we shall remain OFF Track. Goodall, Chuka please listen it is the matter of 16 million Malawians. Solution is lets have a stable kwacha cut unneccesary spending, if anything gradual slight devaluation and we shall be on Track

  14. Ramsey Majiga says:

    He is a total failure mpaka kuposedwa ndi mzimai aaaaa bad to worse………………………………

  15. ZexZ Malekano says:

    It is too earily to ask the president to resign. You should wait and see how the reforms will impact on the economy of Malawi. Bear in mind that the economic problems are coming due to a number of issues such as cashgate, inadquate power supply, poor agricultural practice, and corruption just to mention a few. It therefore requires long term projects in the energy sector, agricultuural sector and others that would assist in improving our economic status.

    I would therefore urge the CSO’s to find out more on what the government is doing to end economic problems before they ask the president to resign.

    Let the president work without disturbances from you. Your ideas on how to improve the economy is what we need not the ideas of asking the president to resign. Pajatu timachuluka zokamba tikamaonelera mpira koma kuti tikulowetseni mu graund palibenso chomwe mungapange. Musiyeni president agwire ntchito yeke mofatsa ndi mwaukadaulo.

  16. George Kamanga says:

    Jeremiah 6:16-21; 7:1-11, 22-28

  17. nanga ntani says:

    This is good to see the likes of nkwezalamba, mayaya, coming up with pressure. nxt will be demos. i salute you gyz i remember when we were at st kizito people couldnt understand how brave you were,, so continue leading the pple of Malawi through that NGO you re representing. akuluwa atopetsano

  18. mbuyuni says:

    Vuto lawo ndi loti akauzidwa amakalipa, uku akumenya tebulo

  19. chivwamba says:

    Now Parliament wake up and finish this legally no one will say anything against anybody if it comes from Parliament. I MEAN IMPEACH!!!!!!!

  20. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    Am sure this mand won’t resign. Akumva kukoma heavy… Malawians we just need to hold hands basi just like 1994 when we all wanted change. Not the ung’onoung’ono Agenda for Change. But that change that will take out this leadership and elect another with more focus and non partisan. This man has failed us for the forth time now. He failed us as a Minister of Education; Minister of Justice; Minister of Foreign Affairs; and now in the High office of the President. He is just a Big mouthed Failure. As a Malawian honestly am angry at him and its my prayer that Revolution comes now and not later.

  21. Domingo says:

    Mr Dungulinya your blue blood misleads you coz your comments are always blue biased and thoughtless. You could back this bafoon even atanyera pa Mseu. This shows we are tired of your silly comments. Make merited comments for once. We are tired of your trash.

  22. learnedmi says:


  23. Ru-San says:

    Hello CSOs and Fellow Malawians,

    Its a pity that our democracy is not mature enough and that as a country we are labelled poorer.

    I have suffered in silence and all along tried not to comment on pubic issues – lest I receive unnecessary comments and criticism. But, maybe – by God’s grace, my contributions will be held.

    I will always ask questions:

    1. Do we have Parliament, Judiciary and all these arms of government?
    2. Okay, if something is wrong – do you think as a country the best way is to come on the public and critise?
    3. Why not dialogue and try to reason with the concerned ppl?
    4. Do we compete to be seen as more vocal and fierce pple or CSOs or NGOs or radio Stations?
    5. Why is it that its always the same pple complaining, complaining and compalining? Is it in the name of freedom fighting spirit or holier-than-thou? If that is the case – why then dont you critisice others who goof and do wrongs.
    6. If that is not enough – why then dont you give credit at times when such pple whom you constantly critise do positive and good things to the country.
    7. I really dont understand if these actions are really in the spririt of fighting for human rights. Do we really do these things on a personal basis or country? If so, do then ask views of pple before you expose the weaknes of your country?
    8. Why on earth – suprisingly for Malawi, do we have pple acusing your father/mother in the public whenevr u think he or she is illmannered?

    It appears everyone in Malawi – CSOs, journalists, Churches, NGOs, and maybe every person is competeting with everyone to be seen as more vocal, good, best judge, best freedom fighter.

    I now agree that pple are not patriotic – and, from my own experience abroad, we really need to learn how our friends in other countries are doing. We can learn from UK, China, Autralia, Philipines, Japan and many other developing countries how they behave and help their countries develop.

    Otherwise – it will be difficult to differentiate CSOs, NGOs, Jouranalists etc with active parties in Malawi.

    Lasty, why on Earth are people allowed to say abusive and sarcastic words against their leaders and fellow members (Amalawi mpakana kumatukwanana – zoonaa) – and yet we have MISA-Malawi, Media Council of Malawi etc – why cant we sensor some rubbish comments and articles on these so-called online News?

    You will understand all these things in the near future – for now it will not make sense to other. THANK YOU

  24. Mutharikaaaaaaa says:

    Well done cso. Peter nd his friends must step down nd must be arrested.My fellow Malawians are suffering because of him. Mutharika remember what happened in Egypt , Tunisia, Libya. People have power.

  25. dungulinya says:

    Ignorance of the highest order! Do presidents fix economies. Start with suggesting stimulus packages, buy Malawian campaigns, suggest less taxes for malawians etc. Misfiring unelected Ngo’s. Is this howbyou earn your living. Reacting to presidents lol

  26. The real ujeni says:

    He has failed better to step down now than wait until Malawi collapse.

  27. Few good men says:


  28. Benson T Phiri says:

    Bravo CSO he has to GOooooooooooooooooo

  29. Gama foreever says:

    Is he really sleeping on the job? People are still stealing money through all these trips. Donors are not coming back, hunger looms, El nino is on its way. Do we have a capable commander in chief who can save us from collapsing? Time will tell, it might be too late then.

  30. Please he is 75 thus an old furt, at his age, reasonable people step back, why not let himself enjoy the so called millions he made in USA that is if he is telling the truth.

  31. Che bikiloni says:

    Resign yomweyo

  32. Chipapwiche says:

    Critics indeed failing to offer workable,thought through solutions!!! Reducing the motorcade and Malawi will see a change in the current situation. Would have been happy hearing the CSOs explaining how we can come out of this. Don’t just make us see you attacking the President. We want to see you joining the leadership in dealing with the problems

  33. DPP says:

    He must go !

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