Cdedi dares Chakwera to ‘walk the talk’ on depoliticizing ACB: Address teachers’ grievances

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has yet again dared President Lazarus Chakwera, asking him to walk the talk on his promise to trim presidential powers and depoliticize the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Namiwa: Chakwera is backtracking on his campaign promises to give ACB the independence it requires to do its professional jobPhoto by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa argues that Malawi cannot win the battle against corruption and theft of public funds when the ACB Director General and the Inspector General of Police (IG) remain in the ambit of the State President.

Namiwa has made the sentiments in a statement issued on Tuesday. He said it is disheartening to see that President Chakwera is backtracking on his campaign promises to give ACB the independence it requires to do its professional job.

“Fighting corruption can only be achieved if the President lets his hands off the appointment of the two officers – the ACB Director General and the police IG. It is against this background that we challenge President Chakwera to let an independent body conduct interviews for those that have been shortlisted for the position of the ACB Director General,” he says.

The CDEDI boss further rues the tendency by sitting Presidents to appoint heads of the two institutions, stressing that this compromises the independence of the bureau.

Namiwa says CDEDI and well-meaning Malawians are at pains to see Chakwera backtracking on his earlier promise to Malawians that he would not accept to be conferred the honour of being the Chancellor of the public Universities in the country.

“Surprisingly, the President looked the other way and is now crisscrossing the country to preside over graduation ceremonies, something he passionately spoke against while he was occupying the opposition benches. The President at some point justified his shameful departure from his own promise on the pretext of waiting for legislation on the same. Who is the President waiting for to make the first move? Isn’t this the very same business as usual kind of political rhetoric we are always fed? Is President Chakwera really a man of his words?” he asks.

On the K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds feared to have been looted at the Capital Hill and the councils, Namiwa reminds Chakwera that Malawians are still waiting for an update on the progress his government has made in investigating the scandal.

At this point, CDEDI is challenging the Tonse government to address teachers’ grievances to ensure the children return to school.

Namiwa says the current standoff between government and the teachers in public schools, who are being represented by the Teachers’ Union of Malawi (TUM), is as a result of ‘government’s know it all’ kind of approach in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

He says CDEDI has, time without number, warned both the previous administration of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), as well as the current Tonse Alliance led government to desist from making unilateral decisions when coming up with new guidelines aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Namiwa has reminded Chakwera to openly exonerate himself from the serious nepotistic, favoutism, corruption and fraud allegations being leveled against him and his senior State House and top government officials.

Former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislator Alex Major made the allegations a few days ago.

The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) backed the allegations although they have received deafening silence from Chakwera.


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3 years ago

I think CDEDI has reminded us one of the reasons why we are failing to fight corruption effectively in Malawi. We are good at coming up with good ideas but very bad at implementing them. Take Vision 2020 for example, other countries adopted it and achieve it better. Chakwera has a chance to prove he is different by walk through his promises and start by the most critical ones such as Review of Presidential Power.

3 years ago

another useless and valueless NGO. commenting on anything they comes across, criticising everything the come across with. evertone knows kuti this NGO belong and work for DIPIPI interest.

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