Bingu has lost mandate to rule Malawi -NGOs

The two civil society organisations have said Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has lost the mandate to rule because Malawians have lost trust in his government.

The NGOs, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), in a statement marking the commemoration of World Human Rights Day on Saturday said that governing the country must be based on trust of the people and that “if people have lost trust in the leadership, the way forward is to seek fresh mandate.”

Undule: Malawians have lost trust in their leader

But presidential spokesperson Dr Hetherwick Ntaba  said the NGO leaders had no “mandate” as well to  speak on behalf of the people because they are “not elected” and also not with Council for Non-Governmental Organisations (Congoma) and Malawi Government.

The  NGOs quotes Section 12 of the Constitution which says the authority to exercise power of State is conditional upon the sustained trust of the people of Malawi and that trust can only be maintained through open, accountable and transparent government and informed democratic choice.

“The leadership of the country need to realise that there is no sustained trust as the government has lost the trust of Malawians,”  the statement signed by executive directors of CHRR and Cedep, Undule Mwakasungula and Gift Trapence, respectively.

The NGOs say in other countries, when the leadership has run out of ideas, it paves way for others to take over.

The organisations further state that the human rights situation in Malawi keeps on worsening because the enjoyment of the rights depends on the goodwill of the leadership.

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