Cdedi decries nepotism, corruption in Malawi govt, dares Chakwera: ‘The President must exonerate himself’

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (Cdedi) has decried high levels of nepotism and corruption in government and, challenged President Lazarus Chakwera to clear himself on allegations that he is entrenching the two vices in his leadership robbing the country of its development opportunities.

Namiwa: Has decried high levels of nepotism and corruption

Cdedi executive director Sylvester Namiwa said the vices are manifesting themselves in various ways, including in the recruitment of people in different portfolios in government, and offering of government business through tenders.

The organisation said it is clear from the lamentations of a group of some members of the Tonse Alliance lead partner, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), that something is amiss in the Chakwera administration.

Apparently, the grouping, which has been christened Second Liberation of the Malawi Nation (SLMN), is accusing the President of demonstrating nepotistic tendencies after it was made known that Chakwera is employing his relatives and cronies from the Assemblies of God Church where he belongs and has been a pastor for years before joining politics.

The grouping further alleges that the Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC), Zangazanga Chikhosi, is playing some underhand tactics in frustrating the Tonse Alliance agenda by recalling and rewarding his friends to take up jobs in the civil service.

Namiwa, through a statement issued on Saturday, has described the development as disturbing, especially coming at a time Malawians are grappling to come to terms with another revelation that some Controlling Officers are failing to account for K6.2 million Covid-19 funds.

“The social media is currently awash with issues ranging from the disturbing news about the alleged mismanagement of the K6.2 billion that was meant for the Covid-19 response, to the Tonse Alliance’s loss of direction in terms of its commitment to honour their campaign promises that were contained in their consolidated manifesto.

“As if this was not enough, Malawians of good will may recall CDEDI’s recent petition to President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, which contained, among other things his administration’s growing tendencies of nepotism and his appetite of hiring retired civil servants, leaving in the cold the current crop of experienced and energetic civil servants at the Capital Hill who deserve promotions, thereby creating vacancies for more young people to join the civil service,” reads the statement in part.

Namiwa emphasizes that by coming out in the open with their true identities, the MCP pressure group agrees with what Cdedi  has always stood for, that Malawians were sold a dummy on June 23, 2020 when they voted the Tonse Alliance partners into office, on trust that they would execute their campaign manifesto, which contained a lot of sugar-coated promises.

He commends the grouping for gathering courage to hold the bull by its horns.

“And we further encourage all well-meaning Malawians to join this noble task of getting the Tonse Alliance administration back on track, before the goodwill that Malawians have for the new administration wanes off. CDEDI is in total support of the calls on the part of the Tonse alliance leaders to jointly address Malawians on the status of the alliance and provide a timeline on how the campaign promises will be fulfilled,” he says.

Namiwa is also challenging civil society organisations (CSOs) with support and capacity to initiate contact and dialogue with President Chakwera and the Tonse Alliance leaders on these issues of national importance, and encourage the leaders to report back to Malawians on the outcome of their dialogue.

He says Tonse alliance leaders campaigned together and therefore Malawians deserve regular updates from them on the state of affairs and direction of the country.

“While concurring with the MCP pressure group on their call for President Chakwera to do a serious soul searching on his administration, we would like to challenge him to institute an inquiry on the serious allegations that have been levelled against his senior staff at the State House, who the MCP grouping is accusing of soliciting bribes from the Malawians of Asian origin, and that the president should distance himself from such people. CDEDI believes that Malawians voted into government the Tonse Alliance with a view to see change, and not the same business as usual kind of story. It is therefore our expectation that President Chakwera will take heed of the issues highlighted in this statement and indeed those that Malawians are discussing in the social media and open spaces,” thus Namiwa ends his letter.

Meanwhile, the police in Lilongwe have released on bail former member of Parliament (MP) for Kasungu West, Alex Major, who was picked in connection with the letter he authored, calling for the second liberation in the party.

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Fwangalubiro
Fwangalubiro
2 months ago

Let your group be led by someone other than from the south otherwise very difficult to hear you because we never heard you during Muthalika rule and his open nepotism

Nalingula
Nalingula
2 months ago

Abale anu mu ma District assembly mu ndi Omwe akuba ndalama za Covid .Pompano ayamba kumangidwa Muzizati Congress ndi ya Nkhanza….We have people who were stealing and Stealing with Politicians in previous Regimes …They got away with it …This is a Test for the Administration …are these Crooks going to get away again…The Money went to District Assemblies Decentralisation ija ndi Imeneyi…Let the People Responsible be held accountable …If Lilongwe ,Nsanje ,Zomba Districts Assemblies misappropriated Funds you know where to Start….Kapena tibwererenso ku Centralized System …

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2 months ago
Reply to  Nalingula

Kkkkkk ndimayesa mcp yilipaliponse.
Kungoti a president mazi apanga katondo.

Osaopa Senior
2 months ago

Hazardous materials and waste. In 2021.

Zio ine
Zio ine
2 months ago

Chakwera is the most nepotistic man. Even at church he used to favour his tribesmen. At state house he has formed a cartel of his relatives and cronies to execute his criminal enterprise. The choice of know thieves at state house is not by coincidence. Kapindamgaga has issues with farmers union. Kachama facilitated the theft by Karim. Kalumbu is a highly qualified crook. Brian Banda is a known corrupt maroon. Twice he was sent packing at times. Chakwera favours such criminals to successfully execute his criminal enterprise.

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2 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Koma wayakhura chilungamo

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 months ago

Chitsilu iwe. Why didn’t you question chi nkhalamba chako with his stupid mulakholisation of Malawi?

Makayika
Makayika
2 months ago

Mbuzi iwee ….sumagwira ntchito ku state house coz unali mulomwe….bakha

Tambala Kwacha
Tambala Kwacha
2 months ago

This Talk Talk Chakwera is a corrupt nepotist. He is an incompetent and arrogant wanting to be a Dictator. He is not satisfied with the huge bribes he receives from Indians and has resorted to outright pilfering.
We need to stop nepotism, his corruption and pilfering. Otherwise by the next election we shall all be driven to poverty and hunger.

Last edited 2 months ago by Tambala Kwacha
Medsonchimudima3@gmail.com
2 months ago
Reply to  Tambala Kwacha

Exactly no more 2025

Citizen
2 months ago

Za ziiiii. Useless organization.Bolanso HRDC; idatiwombola kwa adad. Chakwera bola.

John chidongo
2 months ago

Make mbuuu! Mwana mbuu. Mwana wankhuku amaonera amake kunyera nyumba. Nafe tangotera kuyankhula yankhula. Kodi tidziyankhula mpaka 5 years yonse. Tiyeni tichitepo kanthu apange step down tisiye kulongolora. Ife moto wanthu wukhala Tatopa ndi mbodza. Tiyeni nayo stay away chipanda corona tikadati tipange ma demo.

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2 months ago
Reply to  John chidongo

Exactly boma lamtondo uyu

Felixstowe
Felixstowe
2 months ago

The president wanted to clear the rubble but himself has metamorphosed into rubble.

Medsonchimudima3@gmail.com
2 months ago
Reply to  Felixstowe

Himself is a ruble

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