Mutharika resignation calls groundless – Catholic Commission

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) national secretary Chris Chisoni has discouraged calls for President Peter Mutharika to resign, saying there are no plausible grounds compelling a Head of State to step down.

Chisoni: No grave mistake warranting Mutharika to resign

Chisoni: No grave mistake warranting Mutharika to resign

Last week, some civil society organisations (CSOs) called for Mutharika’s resignation, accusing him of failing to manage the country’s economy .

But Chisoni, who heads CCJP – a social justice and advocacy arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi – in a published interview said the CSOs were abusing the freedom of expression in their demands.

“ Whilst we acknowledge freedom of expression to be the birth right of all, it must be utilised responsibly. Calling for an incumbent President to resign has become an empty threat trend from some CSOs and opposition parties since 1994,” said Chisoni as quoted in The Nation.

“ Presidents may resign if there are grounds necessitating this action. However, before there is any contact and dialogue, before there is even a single attempt to engage, it seems, it is fashionable to call for presidents to resign.

“Sometimes, it feigns ignorance of systems, laws and procedures from those making such calls; sometimes it symbolises lack of seriousness from the protagonists of such calls to embark on a genuine path of dialogue based on facts and principles. Often times it smacks of emotional outbursts that only satisfy the egos of the protagonists-probably a needed peaceful-sleeping dosage when there is a paralysis of analysis,” said Chisoni.

Chisoni said the challenges the country faces require a united front to come out of it.

“ In our journey as a country, all stakeholders—CSOs, religious bodies, traditional institutions, the private sector and more seriously political parties—we must reconsider our destiny. We must truly ask painful questions whose pain is necessary for transforming Malawi’s poverty, politics and the pervasive development puzzle.

“We must develop the spirit of concern, care, interest and love for our country as most of the challenges we are facing today are man-made and they have for sure man-made solutions,” Chisoni said in the interview.

In their recommendations, the CSOs urged President Mutharika to reduce local as well as international travels and revise the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme budget and adjust downward the newly introduced fees in schools.

They have also urged Mutharika to respect and protect media freedom, by among others, signing the much-awaited Table Mountain Declaration, and fully supporting the enactment of the Access to Information Bill (ATI).

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55 thoughts on “Mutharika resignation calls groundless – Catholic Commission”

  1. wise people have spoken,there’s no need our president to call it quit.Let him free do what we voted him till 2019.

  2. Rodgers Banda says:

    Mr. Chsoni are you saying that if we are suffering that is freedom of expression? How much are you dished? Ther is NO sense in your article. Elucidate fact that make the president to resign. I don’t think you have any. You are just excited to see pple suffer.

  3. Moto uwo kuti mbuu, Mkatolika nthawi zonse amayankhula zogwira moyo. Palibedi chifukwa choti pulesident atulire udido apa. Ndipo ananekale pulesident kuti ngati mukuona kuti pena pake sipali bwino perekani maganizo, nzeru zanu kuti tithandizane kuyendetsa dziko. Na ngati Mkatolika wayankhula chonchi aaa! A Chakwera ndi enani palibe chanu muzingodikira mavoti. Ndipo akanavomerezana nanu bwezi atalemba kale pastal letter. Chauta wakukanirani apa kuzera kwa a katoka. Tsopano pezani zina zochita.

  4. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    Those who have ears have heard and will take a different course of approach on issues affecting Malawi. We are in democracy meaning ‘the government of the people for the people by the people’ Standard eight Civics book at primary school. This means all of us we should strive to work hard and boost our own economy. Lets not play a blame game for anyone.

  5. Mpumulo wa Bata wayandikila says:

    Akatolika Adyetsedwa mabanzi a blue kikikikikikikiki

  6. tain kutala says:

    He should have highlighted the grounds which necessitates a president to resign otherwise his arguments are invalid. But when there is lack of leadership to tackle economic woes such that basic commodities become expensive, poor health service etc then its enough to call for resignation of the leadership in place.
    Sometimes when someone holds a position in some organization does not mean that they are the hub of wishes of ordinary people. In Malawi we have tolerated mediocrity for some time and that’s why we are the poorest on earth.

  7. Simple j says:

    Ndiumbuli chabe ppo r sufering out their thumba lachimanga mpaka k9000 pomwe iwo akugulila speaker galimoto worthy k300m amayenda wapansi? Alibiletu galimoto?anakakhala mankhwala bwenzi ali ochuluka bwanji sanakathandiza ovutikafe akapume A P M

  8. Dididid says:

    A chisoni mawu ngati ambuzi kkkkkkkkk

  9. Truth shall prevail says:

    What else can this big-headed fool called chisoni say apart from supporting his fellow mulomwe? Chisoni must be leaving in another world not malawi? If he’s in mlw I wonder how he can not appreciate the grounds for the calls for pitala’s resignation. Things have fallen apart in mlw.

  10. Mmalawi Weniweni says:

    nonse mukulemba zonyoza Mr, Chisoni ndinu a nyapapi!

  11. Hey u stupd malawian,u do nt realise de starvation of rural pple??.hv u nt seen de raisng of de cost of maize?.r u going 2 provd ur own maiz 2 poor malawians?.that guy must fall n power if he w’ll nt change.

  12. Mirella K says:

    Mr Chisoni ndi munthu woti wayamba tsano kumvetsa chisonoi. Iye so long as akunenepa he has inadvertantly sold his intellect. Chisoni kwabasi! Ayi, zidyererani!

  13. Ndaipalero says:

    I dnt care kt ndiwe wa mpingo wanji bt with wat u r talking is like u tod with ur children manyazi ulibe banzi lomwe wadyalo azavutike ndi ana ako wakalamba kale iwe kkkkkkkkkk

  14. Telling the Truth says:

    Chris Chisoni it is a shame what you are saying. It is clear Mutharika is failing. Where are the solutions he said he has? You shock me when you interpret freedom of expression. Are you a court of law? You are showing you are a Lomwe.

  15. nachisale says:

    Well done for pumping sense into selfish CSOs.

  16. Ma says:

    Chisoni I guess after reading various comments which majority are against you now you know tge president needs to go. Problem of eating buns is this one you don’t even see what majority malawians see. Same happened during Bingu people called for his resignation and you CCJP said No again BUT God said yes and you were embarrassed. ..si uyo Bingu instead of resigning to save his life he chose even to ridicule Jesus…pano uyo ali ku Jahena Bingu definitely with all that theft??? Palibenso za progotory kaya Limbo mupempherera munthu wakufa a Catholic kuti apite ku paradise lies from Satan. ..so keep quiet and just eat chi buns cha mk5m

  17. Yoswa kangazi says:

    Every time we Malawians why do we ask the resignation of the head of state and we call that freedom of speech. I think it is not freedom of speech but rather I call it not understanding how the government runs. If there is a problem its the president but why can’t we ask ourselfs why are we undergoing such hard times and how can we as good Malawians do so as to help the government to grow. Muchichewa kapena muchiyao ngakhale muchithumbuka liwu yakuti DEMOCRACY ndichiyani. Mukaonetsetsa tilibe liwuli. Going out of the president does not mean te end of problems economically or politically. Anyone who is going to govern we face the same problem. The bible says that it is not in the hand of a son of man to govern others, but what we need is unity.

  18. Eee its hot conflict btn olamura ndi otsutsa, palibe olikonda dziko apa musatinamize so mukamaliza kulandana mipando mutiuza.

  19. Chosono you are not man og God. Is it ok for Peter to boost or insult Malawians? Does freedom of speach only
    applys to Peter? Where was he when Malawians fought for democracy and freedom? Him and his brother who
    Ran away during Kamuzu Banda dictatorship want to bring dictatorship. Before he became president he never boosted to day he tells Malawians that he is not using their money. Why did he not say that before that he was going to use his own money to travel? Where is the sacks of dollars which was found in Bingus bed? Where is the money Bingu stole ? Who is using that money?

  20. chatonda says:

    MWAYAMBANSO CHIYANI A CATHOLIC FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE? MR CHISONI HAS JOINED WHAT BISHOP WAMADYERA MPHOTHO MALASA AMACHITA WHEN A NEW GOVT COMES IN.
    STICK TO JUSTICE AND THE TRUTH WHEN YOU LEAD THE PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU CANNOT TREAT /TAKE THEM FOR GUARANTED. YOU ARE A SHAME TO THE WHOLE CATHOLIC CHURCH. INSTEAD OF PROTECTING PEOPLE, YOU ARE BETRAYING YOUR OWN FOLLOWERS WHEN THEY ARE CRYING FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE? WHAT IS THIS OFFICE UP TO NOW?

  21. Anabanda says:

    Wat the hell ccjp u r fuckin fead by dpp thats u r saying this

  22. blessings says:

    Katolika ndye chani? Zopusaaaa!!!anthu tikuvutika ndye muzitii katolika wayankhula?mudzapite Sunday ku mipingo yakatolikayo mmidzimu mukaone umphawii wakewoo…etiii katolikaaa,my foot!!!!

  23. Khalupa says:

    Ngati Chris chisoni Wakhalitsa, correct nepotism ya ku HRCC – Anayambitsa ndi Mwalubunju kenako kubwela Mwakasungula mwana wa a chemwali a mai ake a Mwalubunju pano kudzabwela Mtambo mwana wa achemwali ake a Mwakasungula. What is that?

    CEDEP chiyambileni ukutsogozedwa ndi Trapence – umwini wa CEDEP uli mwa Trapence. What is that?

    Kondowe ndi mwini wa Civil society Coalition for Quality Basic Education. Martha Kwataine anapita liti ku MEHN bwanji sakuchokako?

    Yet mumanama kuti mukuyankhulira anthu, anthu ake ati? Anthu ake minus me and my village. Mwamva agalu inu! agalu inu! agalu inu! Agalu inu otchedwa ma civil society munali chete nthat ya Joyce Banda kudya MABANZI pano mabanzi kulibe muli woowoowoowoo, Chani? Agalu inu musamale.

  24. Raul says:

    u HATERS. KEEP HATING THE TRUTH AND REMAIN LIKE THAT. CHRIS IS BEING OBJECTIVE HERE. UR CALLING FOR PRESIDENTIAL RESIGNATION HAS NO SUBSTANCE. U KNOW WHERE WE ARE COMING FROM AND THAT OUR PROBLEMS CAN NOT BE RESOLVED OVERNIGHT. APM IS WORKING HARD TO TURN THINGS AROUND. HE IS VISIONARY AS WELL BUT DOGS WILL HARDLY SEE THAT. U WANT YOUR HARLOT JB TO COME BACK AND RUIN THIS COUNTRY AGAIN.

  25. Elukuluku says:

    Chris Chisoni is a lhomwe by tribe then you can conclude.

  26. Tiyanjane says:

    Ine ndikusilira anzanga a Katolika amene samva kuwawa kulikonse akalowa kunsika ndi ku PTC. Anzathu a Katolika samapeleka misonkho imene enafe timadulidwa kuti alomwe ndi achina sendelera akasewelese ku New York

  27. najere says:

    Chisoni,,,wawa iwe ndi Big man.Woganiza ngati mwamuna.Osati zinazi.Vuto liri pa country pano likufunika kugwirizana ndikangira zinthu limodzi.Sivuto la president yekha ayi.The president is just there to lead us.Ife tikhale ndi mtima wokonda dziko lathu.Tigwire job molimbika.ONCE AGAIN Chisoni maulemu kwa inu

  28. Myao says:

    NO GRAVE MISTAKE WHEN SOMEONE’S ENJOYING AT SOMEBODY’S SWEAT AND DEATH, THIS ‘NUNGU (CHISONI) GUY HAS LOST MY RESPECT, MZIMENE UKUNENEPERA ETI??

    GRIEF – DO YOU KNOW WHAT UR STATEMENT MEANS TO A POLITICIAN??

  29. Josophat Returns says:

    Asachoke a Muthalika. Ziakwanire izo afuna pampando wononawo. Asova!

  30. Mbwiye says:

    MOMWE NDIKUZIWIRA INE SI A CHISONI AYANKHULA KOMA MPINGO WA KATOLIKA WA PA MALO PONSE WOFIMILA KWA APOSITOLI WOMWE WAYANKHULA. PAJA NDI MPINGO WOMWEU UNALEMBA PASTORAL LETTER YOMWE INABWELESA MULTIPARTY YOMWE TIKUNYADA NAO LEROYI. MCP IMAFUNA KUTI IPHE MA BISHOP CHIFUKWA CHA PASTORAL LETTER IMENEIJA KOMA MCP ONALEPHELA. WOLIMBANA NDI A CHISONI AKULIMBANA NDI MPINGO WA KATOLIKA. NGATI A CHISONI ANENA ZIMENEZI OSATUMIDWA NDI MPINGO WA KATOLIKA NDIYE KUTI AKULIKULU A MPINGO WA KATOLIKA ASUSA NKHANIYI. KOMA NGATI SASUSA NDIYE KUTI WOLIMBANA NDI A CHISONI AONA MALOZA OMWE A MCP ANAONA KOMANSO AONA MALOZA OMWE ANAONA BINGU ATANYOZA CHIMDERE CHAKUFIKAPO.

  31. Xiang says:

    Mr Chisoni has missed the whole point, I am sorry to say. The call is for the President and his government to address the woes average Malawians are facing, if and when the President and his government feels that the task is too much for them that when the call to resign comes out. When your mouth is full of scones it is understandable that you will not read and understand things in the spirit they have been raised!!!

  32. daniel says:

    Kodi achisini mumachokera ku thyolo? Simukuona kuti anthu akuvutika mmidzimu? Musanalankhule tayendani mmidzimu muone mmene zilili ndikumatenga anthu 120 kupita nawo ku UN kuononga makobiri ambiri oti akadathandiza anthu ovutika

  33. pundit says:

    Mr Chisoni I respect your sentiments in your right to opinion. But you have fallen short to highlight which grounds would necessitate the president to resign. In other words you are assuming that a leader is supposed to stay on even if there is evident leadership failure. No counter arguments from your observations and you end up embarrassing yourself with this clear subjective and prejudiced opinion. I am made to believe that you are speaking in your personal capacity and not that of CCJP. As far as grounds for calling for resignation are concern, if it were elsewhere, I believe someone would have been made to resign way long time ago. The problem Malawi we do not have any milestones, time frames and performance appraisal mechanism for our leaders. In other cases security, and economic performance are milestones that failure in this one paves the way without any delays

  34. mpagaja says:

    on the other hand Mr. Chisoni has overstayed at this post please pave way for others as well emulate a good example

  35. Patriot says:

    Chibanzicha K5 million walandira uyu.
    Anzakenso ambiri alandira ma K5 million amenewa.
    Nkumati ndalama zimenezi Pitala akuzitenga kuti? Si misonkho yathu imeneyi?
    Anthu akudya kamodzi pena osadya kanthu mzipatala zosiyanasiyana mdziko muno, wina nkumagawa ma K5 millionkwa zitsiru za anthu osalifunira zabwino dziko lawo.
    Koma tiyeni nazoni, Bingu anadutsa momwemo. Dziko likututokota, liri pa moto, liphulika posachedwapa, nde olo tima K5 million mukudyato sitizanunkha kanthu tikaaafika poti this is ENOUGH.

  36. Chenda says:

    When do we change leaders?

  37. cheteeee says:

    Khalani chete atumbuka, tchalitchi chakatolika chalankhula.

  38. What CCJP has said is true and needs a mature rather than an emotional -frustrated based reaction. Closer analysis of some of those making such outburst have previous regime feasting hangovers to the extent that most of their actions, reactions and movements smacks lack of seriousness to the development of this country. I would like to urge those CSOs to approach their engagement with government with soberness and seriousness lest they be taken as just barking dogs!

  39. nachisale says:

    Well said, CSOs listen. Stop empty threats and torturing the president with your stupid demands. Lets hold hands and sort out the mess in our country.

  40. Weatherwise says:

    Kudzigulila malo kkkkkkkkk

  41. kwake inu says:

    akudyanao kudzela mwa VP. nde angatani.

  42. Mbuya says:

    Only Catholics practice objective eye opening situation analysis of events in the country….ikakhala mipingo inayi hmmmm koma cashgate ndi kulimbirana malo……..

  43. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mr. Chisoni, hopefully what you are saying is not behalf CCJP as a whole.

    You are clearly biased and deliberately avoiding governance aspect which prompted these demands. You are not even telling me any section which can stop us demanding his resignation. Your counterpart Timothy Mtambo gave section 12(111) about loss of trust to support his thinking while you are just being emotional.

    For example tell me how I can stop the president from misusing my tax money by taking the whole tribe of lhomwes to UNAG and spend my money in hospitals.
    Why can’t your president take twenty officials on such trips other than hundred

    Personally, I doubt if we have the required level leadership.

  44. Nabanda says:

    Birds of the same feathers flock together.

  45. Chikadza Kuwani says:

    Wadya ku bans cha chikasu ameneyo pakuti njila njimodzi

  46. Zama Donors Zamkutu says:

    Thats the Chris I know. Ana a mzeru awa from Chancellor College. Sapanga comment for the sake of commenting.. Si mbuli za ma CSO zinazi zoti olo education background is scanty. zitsiruuuuuu

  47. chivwamba says:

    This guy is useless. Do u think ur church members who are suffering like this?

  48. Webster Munthalika says:

    Well zimatelo ukamaona patali mwina antha kukutola

  49. Bornface c Mwale says:

    This is our newly elected president hence no
    need to
    step down it’s too early please MUFUNA
    UYU
    AFESO
    No

  50. mnyamata wa nzeru says:

    Chisoni was given the CCJP leadership by Collins Magalasi who is now a blind political follower of Mutharika. Do you in your right sense of mind expect Mr Chisoni to be objective enough and clearly speak against Mr Magalasi’s paymaster, Peter Mutharika? Aaaaaaa!!! Mr Chisoni must be speaking in his own capacity and this is not representative of the CCJP because some of us are not party to his myopic thinking.

  51. Patricia kaliati's ex boyfriend says:

    Chris chisoni mlomwe wachabe chabe iwe tribalism is making you to fail to get the point of the CSO’s,they are simply saying the President is showing some incompetence and sleepy character in the way he is running this country,so either he wakes up from his ‘sleep’ and jack up to revive our ailing economy or he should simply step down,he has been given fair options.

  52. Jon says:

    Voice of reason.

  53. Lydia Phiri says:

    Ndi choncho amasapota DPP ameneyu. Koma akuyenera osamayankhulapo zotelezi chifukwa ukukhalangati ukulankhula ndi mpingo thru CCJP, azikhala chete zoterezi, atiwonongera mpingotu

    Chris keep quiet at the moment

  54. Nasimba Novirhikana says:

    Tiye nazo mnyamata wa pa Phalombe iwe. Mwina ena sakudziwa. Chala sichiloza mwini.

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