UK based governance campaigner Ahmed Dassu has said he will focus on activism role and thus has declined the appointment as a member of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) national executive committee to which he was appointed by the party’s president Lazarous Chakwera.
Dassu- one of the frontline pro-democracy activists who helped late Chakufwa Chihana to champion multi-party democracy in the 90’s– was appointed by Chakwera as MCP deputy director of political affairs.
But he has declined the appointment and confirmed with Nyasa Times that he has informed Chakwera and MCP on his decision.
“I have determined that I cannot serve Malawi by being bound by the ‘whip’ of any one party or its policies, which would be applicable if I were to serve on the NEC of the Malawi Congress Party,” he said from his base in England.
“ I wish to continue to play a meaningful role in seeing mother Malawi truly democratic and free of the evils of poverty, hunger and disease, and that I can only do by declining to accept the appointment to the NEC of the MCP,” said Dassu.
The outspoken activist told Nyasa Times that he was however “humbled” with the MCP appointment.
He encouraged opposition parties and their leaders “to save Malawi from total abyss”, saying the country “is totally in paralysis.”
In his letter to Chakwera, seen by Nyasa Times, Dassu said Malawi has to be pulled back “from the precipice – or this ‘political moral cliff’ – where there is no sense of public duty, virtue, loyalty to the nation, accountability or restraint in the use of public funds or in the abuse of power.”