The country’s consumer organization, Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) has taken a swipe on donor community for trying to set up parallel structures of governance and influencing Malawians to adopt homosexuality.
On Thursday morning CAMA led a group of consumers in a solidarity march in the streets of the Blantyre city, demanding for an improvement in the provision of basic goods and services as well as respect to basic rights of all consumers.
The march led by CAMA’s Executive Director John Kapito coincided with the organization’s commemoration of World Consumer Rights Day, which normally falls on 15th March, and the launch of ‘Poor Lives Matter’, a project that focuses on protecting the lives of poor Malawians.
Speaking prior to the march, Kapito criticized donors for punishing poor Malawians because of “a few greedy politicians who continue to embezzle public money”.
Kapito blamed donors for failing to sticking to their core mandate by assuming the role of local civil society, commenting on all matters that are not of their concern.
“Donors should have clear and transparent systems and structures in assisting the poor. Donors, stop having double standards when dealing with our elected leaders,” said Kapito.
On issue of homosexuality, Kapito warned donors not to impose on Malawians “values and culture that are contrary to their tradition”.
In December last year government came under heavy criticism for imposing a moratorium on anti-homosexual laws, pending decision on whether to repeal the legislation.
However, earlier this year a group of concerned citizens obtained a court order nullifying the imposed moratorium. And weeks ago the Catholic Church also spoke against the idea of embracing homosexuality in the country.
“Donors should not take advantage of the economic and social status of the poor to create parallel structures of governance,” he added.
Through the Poor Lives Matter, CAMA also takes on government and the opposition political parties for failing the nation through poor policies and lack of good governance.
According to some of the points raised under the project, CAMA accuses government and the opposition for failing poor Malawians on social and economic services delivery, arguing lack of good leadership has made Malawians become poor.
“Poor people are dying of hunger due to lack of vision by the leadership. Give us maize now not promises. Poor people are spending days and nights on long queues for maize at empty Admarc depots. Prices of basic goods and services are beyond the reach of poor Malawians.
“Government has failed to operationalize the Consumer Protection law thereby creating poverty amongst consumers. Poor people are failing to access health services including food in public hospitals. Malawians were promised that the Malawi Kwacha would not depreciate under the current administration,” argues Kapito.
He added: “Opposition parties are clueless and visionless; the opposition is greedy for power while offering nothing for the benefit of the poor. The opposition is shrouded with corrupt practices that have diminished the support of the poor”.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :