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