Forum raps growing gap between rich and poor: [email protected]

Malawi Forum for the voiceless has said government needs to take issues of national interest as a priority arguing there is a widening gap between the rich and the poor in the country.

Director of the grouping Ebenezer Chimpere made the observation in a statement released on Saturday.

He said as Malawi turns 50 years of independence on July 6 this year, the country has experienced poor socio-economic development as well as political hypocrisy over the years.Demo poster...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

He noted that this has translated to poor health and education standards, and the economic landscape.

“As patriotic citizens of Malawi, it is practically sad that the country is still living in a world full of imaginations and painted by hypocrisy among the politicians. We boldly speak in civility on behalf of the voiceless that democracy has to be disposed to its respect at all levels of governance as a birthright to freedom of expression, with brevity the Forum decorate all winners of the 2014 tripartite elections regardless of political affiliation and self-ideological interest,” reads the statement in part.

Chimpere adds in the statement that the Forum sees no reason of spending government resources in celebrating 50 years while the common man still languishes in poverty. He points out that there is poor service delivery in the health sector coupled with lack of essential drugs, poor diet in hospitals and shortage of ambulance vehicles, among others.

In education, the statement further added that inadequate learning materials and lack of laboratories in most of the schools in the country propels poor examination results.

Governance

Chimpere in his statement says the Forum sees an encrypted democratic reality box that needs special attention in reference as quoted by the key donors of the May 20 tripartite elections – European Union (EU).

“We quote the EU on its final evaluation report its Chief Elections Observer clearly pointed out that the body provided a good stamina in both financial and technical know-how to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

“Thus it gives a deep thought of integrity on the disorganized face that the electoral body displayed during the May 20 elections. But the Forum fails to understand why MEC erred in conducting a smooth and credible election as displayed by the first ever eight days of
implementation in announcing presidential results,” Chimpere argued.

In the statement, the Forum wants MEC chairman Justice Maxon Mbendera SC to account on what he meant by elections having grave irregularities during his speech.

The Forum further condemns what it described as the unsung constitutional song Malawi experienced recently when President  Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika addressed the 47th Session of the National Assembly without a complete set of government arms such as the Cabinet and Judiciary.

Concludes Chimpere in the statement: “The voiceless would want to understand the new concept adopted by the current regime where for the first time in history the Vice-President chairmanship as his first assignment in office. The platform foreshows to the voiceless the continuation of poor living standards the nation has been footing for the past 50 years.”

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