The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), an arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), has called economic patriotism to develop the impoverished southern African nation which is reeling from donor freeze.
CCJP national secretary Chris Chisoni noted in a statement released on Sunday December 7, 2014 that there is absence of legal framework for investor’s corporate social responsibility in Malawi.
CCJP observed that investors are involved in the works that would have been under corporate responsibility but dealt with like charity work.
“A lot of companies make immoral profits but give back irrelevant Corporate Social Responsibility like sponsoring golf or buying a ticket for one person to go abroad to watch soccer.
“We are encouraging government to come out quickly with a legal and policy framework that is enabling for companies and communities to share resources for the development of all and mandate companies to commit to ploughing back to communities resources they extract from the same,” reads the statement.
It said through properly regulated Corporate Social Responsibility, Malawi government can have its development efforts complimented by investors and in its absence, we are losing a lot.
The watchdog also noted that the spirit of patriotism is “shrinking” amongst citizens in the country.
“We live like we have borrowed this country from elsewhere. With the shrinking spirit of patriotism is the growing spirit of irresponsibility as most Malawian people are no longer responsible. This is visible in physical vandalism (i.e removing road signs, urinating anywhere) and cash gate,” CCJP said in the statement.
“ It does appear to us that most people would love to enjoy their freedoms and rights without attendant responsibilities. Yet for this nation to develop and to improve we need committed people, we need patriots.”
CCJP urged Malawi to “radically change their senses of perception and patriotism.”
Reads the statement in appeal: “We must learn to love our mother land if we must transform Malawi. Without strong spirit of patriotism, we are killing the future of our children and future generations.”
The commission said it has observed with “sadness and a heavy heart,” the emergence of loud mouthed leaders among civil society organisations, faith organisations, traditional and political , “who are just excited with their leadership positions but are confusing the general citizenry with half truths and comments on national issues without substantial and verifiable evidence. “
CCJP said it is asking for “transformative leadership and not transactional leadership in all leadership structures and positions be they in FBOs, CSOs, parliament, judiciary and the executive.”
The commission stated that with no donor support, Malawians should that the status quo as a challenge to develop the nation with economic independence.
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