Some section fo the civil society organisations (CSOS)have said they will be holding protests marking a “day of rage” among the people, on Thursday March 2 2017 in the capital Lilongwe to demand an end to impunity which they claim has reached disturbing levels in the country.
The organiser including Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Centre for Development of People (CEDEP), Youth and Society (YAS) and Church and Society (Livingstonia Synod) also said they will be demanding transparency and accountability as well us fighting corruption without discrimination and end the practice of the rich to hold stockpiles of undeclared cash.
The CSOs however said they would not support calls for a general strike because it would cause economic disruption.
They nonetheless plan a seven day mass protest from April 28 to be joined by opposition parties calling for “last push” of the government if it will not address their concerns.
Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has already persuaded for Malawians to confront President Peter Mutharika’s regime over worsening corruption in the country.
Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, argues that Mutharika has defied the will and wishes of Malawians long enough, and it is time for Malawians to defy him.
“The corruption levels among his top officials have reached a critical stage and should he decide his laissez faire approach to issues, I will have to lead Malawians myself into the streets to protest against his administration,” Chakwera warne don Friday when he addressed reporters at his Parliament office.
CEDEP executive director Gift Trapence said his organisation is one of ther leading organisers of the Thursday march to demand President Mutharika to implement all recommendations of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation and Public Accounts and the State-sanctioned Commission of Inquiry on the ‘Maizegate’ scandal.
“We demand nothing but full implementation of the inquiry recommendations,” said Trapence.
He said there should be no selective prosecution on corruption, demanding President Mutharika to ensure those in the corridors of powers have no amnesty to indictment.
The CSOs pursuant to the watchdog mandate in defending peoples’ rights and good governance are in deep shock at the uncovering of the millions of local and foreign cash at the residence of fired Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
“Undoubtedly, this suspicious development smacks of criminal acts akin to the 2013 infamous cash-gate in which several public servants were caught with bags of money looted from the public purse. We are left with the impression that looting of public resources (cash-gate) by public servants has continued since 2014 under President Mutharika’s watch”, the statement issued by the organisers reads.
It adds: “One wonders how a Cabinet Minister could be in possession of huge sums of money amounting to 124 Million Kwacha and 58 000 USD among other foreign currencies stashed in suitcases at his residence”.
The CSO’s have since declared that they will hold nation-wide mass civil action against the gross corruption and impunity under the current political administration on 28th February 2017.
“All Malawians, CSOs, and development partners are invited to this solidarity march” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the CSO’s have commended the Commission of Inquiry and the Joint Parliamentary Committee for their patriotic and credible inquiry reports into the maize scam which has set a tone for action by relevant prosecutorial institutions such as the ACB and Police.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :