CSOs call for ‘active citizenry’: Hold Malawi govt accountable

The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) have asked Malawi citizenry to demand accountability and transparency from government and other duty bearers on matters that affect the nation.

Mtambo (left) with fellow activists:  Active citizenry needed in 2015

Mtambo (left) with fellow activists: Active citizenry needed in 2015

In an end of the year message to Malawians, the two organisations have since appealed to Malawians to “refuse to drink from a cup of cheap propaganda aimed at entrenching a hegemonic society.”

Reads the statement: “Let us standard up for human rights, good governance, rule of law and justice. Let us claim 2015.”

The statement has been signed by CHRR executive Director Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence who is an executive director for CEDEP.

Mtambo and Trapence pointed out that 2015 should be a turning point towards a desired direction for the country.

CHRR and Cedep stated that democracy thrives only on an “active citizenry” that reasons beyond political, tribal and regional trajectories.

“Citizens’ docility has no place in a democracy,” the statement said.

It said Malawians should make democracy work in 2015 for the country to be free from ills of cash-gate, nepotism, corruption, executive arrogance, and dictatorship.

“We can do it by consistently reminding those in government that the power to govern comes from us and that power should only be exercised in the best interest of us, the citizens, as stipulated by chapter III of the Republican Constitution.

“We can do it by demanding accountability and transparency from our government and other duty bearers on matters that affect us, the citizens,” reads the CHRR and Cedep statement.

According to the rights campaigners, the citizens can hold government accountable by openly expressing their disapproval of government’s “cock-eyed” leadership.

“Where necessary and guided by the law, we can do it by taking to the streets, till we are convinced that government is prudently using the mandate we gave it,” said the two groups.

Meanwhile, the CSOs are planning nationwide protests on January 13, 2015 on governance concerns and economic turmoil.

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21 thoughts on “CSOs call for ‘active citizenry’: Hold Malawi govt accountable”

  1. Political Analyst says:

    Amalawi anzanga tiyeni tisayiwale kuti Nkhondo ya ufulu umadzimenyera wekha.Anthu aku Amerika kaya Botswana sangabwere kudzatimenyera nkhonthoyi;palibe.Apo bi tikhala akapolo a atsogoleri wowasankha tokha mdziko lathu lomwe mpaka muyaya.Nchiphinjotu ichi; chifukwa cha mavoti athu womwe.Why?Demokalaseyo ndiye ilipati.Uku ndiye kubetsa poyerayera.
    Atsamundatu adapita.Lero akutipha,kutizunza,kutibera ndi ana obala tokha(powavotera);Bakili,Bingu,Joyce B pano ndi uyunso nchaka chomwe sanathe…Nacgate…mfundo zakenso sizikuwoneka komwe akulowera.No wonder the economic engineer started very well but was unfortunately misled and changed to become stubbornly unpatriotic,unreligious, undeplomatic etc.And Malawians suffered the worst.
    So 13 Jan 2015 is the to tell these dictatorial democrats cum ‘political strangers’ that enough is enough!
    Malawians need a legitimate,God-fearing,human, wise and visionary leader with a Malawian sense of direction eg Juliana Lunguzi is far much better offfff-f-f!!!!

  2. Moni says:

    The economy which your JB squandered is being stabilized now and the Kwacha is gaining strength. As of NAC, what’s K5m as compared to K73m which Joyce Banda foundation abused? Shame on you, people who dwells on chaos of my motherland. Just concentrate on your gays and leave Malawi alone.

  3. mphechepeche says:

    This is true if. Malawians want to move forwad we must now rise up and speak against any form of abuse of our resources by the

  4. Chikopa says:

    This is emotion message why guys

  5. A MPINGO says:

    MAY GOD THE SAVIOUR SHOWER HIS MERCIES ON MALAWI (THE SO CALLED WARM HEART OF AFRICA ) FOR THE SAKE OF OUR SONS DAUGHTERS AND GRAND CHILDREN (PRAYERS )

  6. brutsha says:

    Ayi bodza apa palibe uyu mtumbuka or m’Chewa or Ngoni or mYao. A Peter boma lawalaka kuyendetsa. Anthu timaganiza kuti kusintha kwa boma timva zina. Koma kumamvanso za abuse ndalama za NAC ayi zogwetsa ulesi. Much as Tumbukas have some ethnic problems but here I choose to disagree.

  7. Tiwonge says:

    Atumbuka amzanga amenewo mwagundika kutokota amai atakuthawani.
    Osawanamizapo amalawi apa. Anthu anacenhera amadziwa kuti kumbuyo kwa zocita zanu inuyo mumadyerapo. Nanga mungatiuze komwe mumatenga ndalama zodyera panyumba panu. Komanso kodi munacita declare ma assets anu kwa Tukula?
    Mwasowa pogwira pano mwati muwanamize anthu kuti tiyende kumseu kuti ena akupaseni makopara. Shame on u.

  8. sayimoni bayisikolo says:

    Transparency and Accountability will work in Malawi when all the cashgate thieves faces the hangman noose.Forfeit all the property of cashgate thieves and. Return all the money to govt to make it start working.

  9. MC says:

    Atumbuka inu! U cant fool the nation. Malawi is more important than ur tumbuka agenda.

  10. Mmihavani says:

    Stupid alesi ma CSO inu. Kukacha ntchito mma lounge a mma hotel kulemba ma proposal a donation basi. Your job is just press releases. Can you also be transparent enough to disclose to us how you get funded and how you utilise the money. Men like you need to have proper occupation.

  11. Alfred Newmann says:

    A good move that deserves wider publicity, follow-up action, and support.

  12. joy says:

    Anthu opusa inu.Where were you during JB’s time? Dont take us for granted.

  13. Mwanapwayu tangomukokeni nchira basi!

  14. chims says:

    I agree with being active in 2015 as citizens.the problem is that these idiots,politicians,threatens the masses with death in the streets.come Jan 13,let’s stand up and burn their property if they remain arrogant.

  15. ujeni says:

    This is the right way to instil some sense in the Malawi public which is known for being docile in Africa.

  16. potofwiyo says:

    I support what has been said in this article.

  17. munyono says:

    Where were you during jb regime?

  18. chatonda says:

    Good warning before things start in 2015.

  19. Patriot says:

    This is what DPP should do in 2015,
    Amend the Constitution and DELETE words “Right to Demonstrate”.
    Chifukwa nthawi zonse akati demo, DPP kuchulutsa mabodza, tangochotsani mau amenewo, in FACT TANGOBWERETSANI DICTATORSHIP.
    Izo ndi zimene DPP imatha. Mwamva kale IG, ndi wa DPP.

  20. Marioshona man says:

    Nanunso Mwasowa chonena eti. Don’t work for the party you idiots.

  21. Dr. Godfrey Mvuma says:

    Now Malawians are waking up. Keep this spirit. Our politicians behave like they own Malawi and citizens are held at ransome. It has to be the opposite. The electorate is supposed to be the boss of the elected, and not the opposite. Malawians, ensure 2015 be a year of reckoning.

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