Opposition ‘justified’ to petition Malawi govt on accountability – Analyst

A political and social commentator Emily Mkamang has said the opposition parties, including the Malawi Congress Party (MCP),  were justified to petition government on 17 points they believe positive action would enable the country to successfully implement public sector reforms and attain accountability and transparency.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera said Malawians expect the government to act on some issues but were shocked with the silence and inaction.

Mkamangs in quotes reported in the local press  said many Malawians are worried with what is happening and the lack of action from government on critical issues.

In the petition titled ‘Prospectors for Public Sector Reforms’, the  opposition accused the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration of allowing criminality, impunity and poor accountability in the national institutions.

They argued that the DPP administration  lacks accountability and sends signals that some people, especially those inter ruling party, are above the law.

Mkamanga said  most of the things the opposition raised are “general and indeed people need answers.”

Among others, the opposition said they want to see government act on some issues they feel have been ignored, including the fire at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse in Lilongwe on the eve of the day the court set for a recount of votes in Lilongwe City South East constituency, an arrest and action on suspects of the violence at a joint opposition rally in Mzuzu and National Aids Commission (NAC) funds abuse case.

The opposition parties also questioned the governments’ accountability regarding some senior DPP officials who supplied goods worth K4.9 billion to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for which they were paid upfront although Escom did not require the said goods

The opposition also wants government to address the shortage and pilferage of drugs in public hospitals, probe the former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda, the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) donation to DPP and the sale of the former wholly State-owned Malawi Savings Bank sold to FDH Financial Holdings Limited.

Mkamanga said the opposition parties were right.

“The issue of Chaponda needs a closer scrutiny and an explanation. It is the right of every citizen to know,” Mkamanga said.

The petition was made available to the media at a news conference which was addressed by leaders of eMCP, PP, Mafunde and New Labour Party,United Transformation Party, National Rainbow Coalition of Loveness Gondwe and People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) which was represented by its president Mark Katsonga Phiri

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10 thoughts on “Opposition ‘justified’ to petition Malawi govt on accountability – Analyst”

  1. the president,govt officials,ruling party bosses, are degrading the effort to bell out Malawians from poverty by shelding corruption

  2. Quabaniso says:

    Selective justice at best in DPP administration. That is the first big shortfall. secondly cashgate shielding within DPP cadres. Third nepotism too much. Forth arrogance

  3. mwangalenge says:

    nthawi kungokhala chete ndi nzeru.zimene zija anthu amva chifukwa zodiak idayetsetsa powika prog imene ija pa wailesi ndi kanema, sono chatsala ndi a malawi kuweluza. kama zachisoni anthu alibe nazo ntchito.anthu afuna chituko chamiseu,masukulu, madzi,magetsi osati zinthu zopanda mutu

  4. akanyeqamtsetere says:

    mediocre analyst, who doesnt know that the woman is still nursin shock defeat of her party in 2014 tripatite elections? the duo in the caption are simply lookin for sympathisers after realisin that they are fighting a giant and mkamanga is really playin that role.a mkamanga can you start lovin your country by focusin on positives sometimes,mwapulika?

  5. Richard Soko says:

    Dausi should not talk about MCP because he was one of the people who have just moved to DPP like Ntaba and Muluzi who were key players in MCP with Kamuzu Banda

  6. ngulenje says:

    Hahahaa DPP considering the petition without force I doubt it very much in this group every one is corrupt and right from their top most office therefore the only way is we Malawians, lead by civil society organisations, the church and you the opposition, to rise up and force them to do so. For the good of our nation

  7. ko says:

    Strong opposition is what we want!

  8. CHIMVQ says:

    DEAR Opposition PARTY LEADERS;
    Please make sure you bring in Number 1# 50 +1 vote

    2# Make a collision (unite)
    SO WE CAN REMOVE
    THIS NONSENSE TOGETHER AS WE DID WITH KAMUZU

    THERES NO WAY WE CAN STAND BY Just LOOKING AT
    MINISTERS LOOTING OUR RESOURCES WITHOUT BEING ARRESTED LIKE THIS

    IF YOU CANT UNITE THEN MY FREE ADVICE TO YOU GUYS IS TO QUIT POLITICS AND PAVE WAY TO SERIOUS
    SEROUS BRAINS / PEOPLE LIKE # 1 MAJOR 1Phd
    # 2 Bwana USI
    # 3 LUCIUS BANDA

  9. Chibo says:

    Mwatheka baba

  10. TRUTH says:

    I don’t expect DPP to be accountable. It’s very arrogant. We just have to intensify our prayers for their redemption from their corrupt and nepotistic minds. Otherwise we are just wasting our energy on people who cannot be reformed

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