CSOs petition Malawi govt over domestication of treaties

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Thursday petitioned Office of President and Cabinet asking it to quickly domesticate protocols which government has been signing.

OPC PS, Chinthu Phiri displaying the Petition

OPC PS, Chinthu Phiri displaying the Petition

Handing over the petition to Chinthu

Handing over the petition to Chinthu

The petition is a reminder to government to fulfill various obligations to its citizens in various sectors such as, water, health, agriculture, and good roads.

National Advocacy Platform of States of the Union (SOTU) project chairperson Martha Kwataine commended Government for allowing CSOs to deliver the petition.

“We are here to present to you a grand petition which is a comprehensive list of modest, reasonable, well founded and supported demands in respect of the following: The International Relations Commitment of Malawi to the AU, good governance, health, gender, rights of the children , extractive industry governance and open budgets, “said Kwataine.

Kwataine said by presenting the petition, National Advocacy Platform of SOTU is seeking to create sustainable Dialogue which will constitute a vibrant interchange of information.

Receiving the petition, Principal Secretary in the Office of President and Cabinet, Chinthu Phiri said he was happy with CSOs peaceful engagements with government.

Phiri said the petition, which highlights a number of issues, will be acted upon swiftly.

In the petition CSOs are asking government to expedite and incorporate recommendations of constitutional review into the law to avoid compromising implementation of Public Sector Reforms program which are currently underway.

NGO Coalition on Child rights National Coordinator, Louisa Kwapata, said CSOs have observed some shortfalls in the implementation of African Union treaties.

Kwapata said there is need to fill the existing gap so that citizens of this country can start enjoying fruits of the treaties.

“Malawi has signed a lot of treaties and protocols but here at home there is nothing happening,” Said Kwapata.

Clerk to the Cabinet Ernest Katchetche, also commended CSOs for the initiative saying government will engage various ministries which are directly named in the petition such as health, agriculture, and others.

SOTU is currently implementing the “My African Union” campaign which seeks to constructively engage citizens and stakeholders in advocating for acceleration of the domestication and implementation of African Union (AU) legal and policy instruments popularly called charters and protocols.

They include commitments to safeguard the environment, combat corruption, improve access to quality health care, empower women and youth, protect child rights and promote democracy.

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Mtoloboy
Guest

Many thanks to SOTU organizers leaders need to be reminded all the time for them to live up to their promises………..Keep the fire burning NAP…SOTU my African Union my Governmentt

Malipeya
Guest

WHILE I SEE THE NEED FOR MALAWI GOVERNMENT TO DOMESTICATE, I HAVE SERIOUS CHALLENGES WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION AND ALREADY WE HAVE SO MANY LAWS THAT WE HAVE DOMESTICATED FROM INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS SUCH AS GENDER EQUALITY ACT, CHILD PROTECTION AND JUSTICE ACT ETC. YET NOT MANY IN THE ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE AWARE OF THESE COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL FRAMEWORK. WE NEED MORE THAN A MARE DOMESTICATION CSOs. GET MONEY FROM YOUR DONORS TOWARDS IMPLEMENTATION PLEASE !!!!!!!!

Nyirongo Batwell
Guest

Kodi a Malawi’s CSOs amatengeka bwanji. All African countries signed this koma sungamve ma CSO a mmaiko ena ali jijirijijiri ndi ma petition. In Malawi our problem is not these so called protocols. Its inadequate production of goods and services for export. Osakhala izi za ndowe zanuzi. Kodi mumasowa zochita????

Tili Chenene
Guest

Kkkk! CSOs! My foot.

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