Catholic Commission laments pathetic state of life for Malawians, resurgence of corruption

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP)of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM)  has expressed concern over the country’s leadership “abrogation of duty” by allowing corruption to thrive, the worrying state of lack of respect for the law, public insecurity, especially for vulnerable groups and the neglect of longstanding and entrenched social injustices in Malawi.

Chibwana: It is saddening to note that there is a resurgence of corruption espoused or championed by the governing elite and their close associates.

In a statement entitled ‘Disturbing trends of lawlessness, insecurity and neglect of thriving social injustices in Malawi’, CCJP  has warned that Malawians will no longer tolerate this trend.

CCJP catalogues a number of cases of suffering and deaths of Malawians as a result of corruption and failure by President Lazarus Chakwera’s led government to curb lawlessness and violence.

“We further note that the Catholic Bishops, under the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), have previously condemned such lawlessness, corruption, social injustices in form of deep-rooted inequalities and the abrogation of duty of care for citizens,” says the statement, which the CCJP national coordinator Boniface Chibwana, has signed.

“It is saddening to note that there is a resurgence of corruption espoused or championed by the governing elite and their close associates,” reads the strongly-worded statement dated 24 October 2020.

CCJP warns that Malawi is gradually slipping into a “State capture by a few while the majority of Malawians are mired in poverty.”

The Catholics accuse the government of selective justice by not acting on the corrupt people aligned to the present political regime.

It further slams the government for failing to protect the poor from injustices on access to land and the loans under the National Economic Empowerment Fund (NEEF).

The CCJP hints at the lack of direction by the government as it accuses  leadership for continuing to treat the injustices Malawians are facing “through political statements than policy and legal action”.

It describes the Tonse Alliance government loan schemes and social protection schemes as highly-politicised, manipulated, corrupt and nepotist.

“It is CCJP’s considered view that the majority poor fail to access land and they have problems benefitting from the highly politicised public loan schemes because of corrupt systems, political patronage, nepotism and rent-seeking behaviours within the Government,” says the Catholic body.

It further says failure by the government to address these social and economic injustices which Malawians are suffering from is breeding mob violence, increasing lawlessness, entrenching socio-economic inequalities and deepening mistrust of citizens on the leaders.

And it warns that Malawians will no longer tolerate government’s lip service and tokenistic actions on their suffering.

“Government’s window-dressing on these injustices through political rhetorical tones from governing politicians will no longer be tolerated in the Malawi of today,” says CCJP

The organizations cites degradation of public security, thriving ritual and witchcraft based violence, rising cases of defilement of young girls and increasing incidents of theft as a demonstration of systemic defects in the protection systems of the country.

Catholic governance arm  blames this trend of injustices on the absence of a concrete plan by this government and its sleeping on duty.

“Lack of political will in instituting lasting solutions to curb attacks, killings, abductions and human rights threats to persons with albinism is worrisome. Concrete actions from the Government to combat these vices beyond political rhetoric are missing and this is tantamount to abrogation of State duty to protect its citizens,” says CCJP in a hard-hitting statement.

Malawi is witnessing a growing culture of violence. And analysts say it is the legacy of the Tonse Alliance who used violence to force a fresh a presidential election that effectively toppled Peter Mutharika.

For instance, social and mainstream media accounts show that in the past two weeks alone, Malawi has recorded more 10 cases of violence against women and girl children.

Last week, an angry mob of land-deprived people torched buildings and other property at Kumbali Lodge in Lilongwe.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira said Chakwera is the sole author of the predicament he now finds himself in for encouraging lawlessness with his ‘Msunde barracks.”

He said Chakwera’s Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ministers are encouraging land seizures.

Mpinganjjira said if Chakwera will be doing selective justice, he will be a caricature of the delinquent African ruler who has lost his way.

There is also public uproar at the corruption  activities in the corridors of power .

Questions are being raised  the K65 million which State House spent on accommodation for some dubious foreign security agents at Crossroads Hotel and how Minister of Foreign Affairs Eisenhower Mkaka amassed so much money in his short time as cabinet minister for him to buy a K45 million vehicle purchase.

In August 2020 CCJP issued a statement calling upon the national leadership to consider conducting life style audits for those governing and their associates in a bid to effectively combat corruption in the country.

CCJP was  established to promote God’s reign of justice and peace and uphold human dignity through institutionalising principles of democracy; respect for human rights and freedoms; citizen participation; good governance; rule of law and access to quality public services.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Sharing is caring!

Follow us in Twitter
26 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Limerick Lujeri
Limerick Lujeri
7 months ago

Selective justice sitikuyifuna tinatopanayo. Uladi Mussa abused office wakalowa koma why is there no respect of court order on tractorgate?

Phyot Olera Kun Yini
7 months ago

Chakwera is only good at leading demonstrations and not necessarily leading government. Monse wayambira ‘give me time’ , ‘give me time’ koma chomwe akupanga chosawoneka. Now people in the southern region have received planting rains but seed and fertilizer are nowhere to be seen. Abusa, please wake up and know that we can’t keep waiting forever. We want to plant NOW!!!!!

Moqtadar al Sadir
7 months ago

When you bring issues bring them with facts and not just opinions. Are you trying to please your donors? NGOs are busy writing nonsense just to get more funding from Mzungu. Last someone lied about homosexuals in Mangochi being given food rations. Corruption is not only about stealing money but acting like conmen.

Malume
7 months ago

govt cannot serve everyone at the same time. the picture government is trying to shape cannot happen in a day. remember malume government is people. Do not speak on my behalf. I will wait before i rush commenting no sense lying to the world. Olo mutakhala inu amene mukuti mumathanu kuyendetsa dziko…you cannot at once sway everything to start working for the better for everyone. its shame for such a big institution to serve a few people affiliated to the opposition. Do not argue to what Lazalo and Saulos are planning and doing to work out Malawi’s socio-economic hardors. Take… Read more »

Leader of Opposition
Leader of Opposition
7 months ago

Ndiye bodzatu. Miyezi Itatu yomweyi? Kukwiya poti ka udindo kajaka kakiphonyani biggie? Mtsikana kugwiriridwa ku Nchalo mwati nsi boma lomweri? Namachende uja anatumidwa kuti azikagwirirra anthu? Report loyang’ana mbali imodzi nanga awa munkadya nawo amangidwawa simuyamikira?

Rocky Dada
Rocky Dada
7 months ago

Let’s put things into perspective here, first, it’s only three momths since we employed Laz et al, and a bit of parience is required for progress to be seen on the ground. And time is what they’ve got to reverse and correct the maladministration previous and the current mushrooming, and they have our patience, but the longer it takes and nothing concrete happens, the Administration is risking all the goodwill they have from the citizens and the consequences could be dire. We the citizens have demonstrated that we are willing to wait and tolerate some shortcomings of this Administration. These… Read more »

PHRIWAPHIRI
7 months ago

izi inakakhala nthawi ya DPP bwenzi ili nkhani pa ZODIAK KOMA POTI ZBS ILI M’BOMA, IYI SINKHANI, NANGA 65 MILLION STATE HOUSE CORRUPTION CASE IJA BWA? A HUMPRY MVULA, SLOW DOWN, THE GOVERNMENT YOU BACKING WILL LET YOU DOWN .CORRUTION PRACTICES HAVE STARTED BEING EXPOSED BUT STILL YOU ARE ON TOP PRAIING IT.A GOOD POLOTICAL SCIENTIST LIKE YOU WILL ALWAYS BALANCE UP YOUR OBSERVATIONS NOT ONE SIDED LIKE YOU SRE DOING? MAY BE YOU WANT TO BE GIVEN MINISTRIAL POST WHAT ASHAME.

Bob M.
Bob M.
7 months ago

Dear government ministers, honorable President and all those who are in a position of power to make changes, The article is 100% spot on. Lawlessness and violence toward vulnerable groups has increased, since the fresh elections. Please take the information presented in the article seriously and ensure added provisions to protect the public and to uphold the rule of law, justice and human rights. Thanks.

Bob,
A citizen of Lilongwe

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
7 months ago

I agree with CCJP. Nothing is happening people are waiting but thr government doesn’t show any dign of effectiveness. Those weekly press briefings are not even holding water so they must pull up their socks & turn things around. People had confidence in them that’s why they voted enmasse. So its time to deliver. The problem of rent seeking politicians, & recycled ones. The likes of Mia everyone knows that the guy is a crook but because he has got money none is speaking.

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
7 months ago

Government is serious business which requires maturity and zeal.In Malawi we elect leaders blindly as per their promises on their party manifesto.More looting is very eminent as the same stock which was in past governments is being recruited for high profile jobs.Khoswe akakhala pa mkhate sapheka obusa.You cannot serve God and marmon.Choose one and leave YAHWE for the poor Malawians.

shares
Read previous post:
‘Cashgate’ woman Kamwangala returns to court Oct 28 to defend herself

Kettie Kamwangala, one of the four businesswomen suspected of being involved in the Capital Hill ‘cashgate’, will return in the...

Close