CDEDI raises red flag on Tony Blair’s secret visit to Malawi

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has raised suspicion on the secret visit by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday this week.

Blair sneaked into Malawi for a scheduled private meeting with President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

Officials initially told the local media that President Chakwera was not aware of the Blair’s visit although they would hold a discussion at Kamuzu Palace.

But CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa, who addressed journalists in Lilongwe this afternoon, suspected that, in the absence of prior announcements of Blair’s visits, Malawians could easily conclude that the Tonse Alliance administration intends to hire the former British premier as Chief Advisor to Chakwera, a move, which was heavily criticized and protested against by Malawians citizens, describing it as neo-colonization.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Namiwa further doubted if the discussion between Chakwera and Blair were not in the best interest of Malawian citizens.

“We are challenging President Chakwera to come out in the open and tell Malawians the reasons why we need Tony Blair in Malawi as an advisor, when the voters gave him all the trust and power to govern for the next five years. We believe that Blair had ulterior motives when he visited the country,” he said.

Namiwa wondered why Malawi would opt to give Blair an advisory role when he has a bad record in Rwanda where he is a voluntary advisor to Paul Kagame.

Apparently, there are massive reports of human rights violations in Rwanda, bordering on excessive use of force by the law enforcement agencies; unlawful and arbitrary detentions; internet restrictions by the State; lack of freedom of expression; human rights activists and opposition political party leaders being silenced through arbitrary arrests and imprisonment based on trumped-up charges, among others.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair with Former President Joyce Banda.

“As they say, show me your friends and I will tell you who you are, the friendship that exists between Kagame and Blair is a cause for worry for us to see our leader joining the league. CDEDI does not think that the former British PM has anything to offer to Malawi. On the other hand, CDEDI believes that Blair’s closeness to the Republic of Rwanda, whose human rights record is not anywhere near a model, could offer anything positive to the Republic of Malawi in as far as tenets of good and genuine democracy are concerned,” he narrated.

“It is also important to point out that Blair was around during the Dr. Joyce Banda regime but there is literally nothing that Malawians benefited, hence CDEDI’s caution to President Chakwera to tread carefully, since the SADC, the African region, and indeed the world, are watching! If truth be told, Malawi has the finest brains that are capable of turning around our fortunes without necessarily looking up to self-appointed good Samaritans, whose interests and motives are not clear,” Namiwa stressed.

When cashgate hit the capital hill, the Tony Blair Institute fled Malawi and “dumped” former President Joyce Banda like trash.

State House Acting Presidential Secretary Anthony Kasunda said “it is sad that once again CDEDI is making wild allegations that have no basis in fact and are far removed from reality.”

Kasunda said President Chakwera was informed of Mr Blair’s private visit to Malawi and wider region. He has since met and held talks with the new President of Zambia.

“As such, in keeping with established international protocols, the President invited Mr Blair to pay him a brief courtesy call, his schedule permitting, to allow the two to get personally acquainted for the first time, Kasunda elaborated.

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2 years ago

I think Malawi has alot to worry about than Brair secret visit. Namiwa can raise eyebrows on serious issues that this. Ngati akutuma walemba mmadzi

Time Changes, be dynamic
Time Changes, be dynamic
2 years ago

Nyasatimes why no comments on most of your stories these days? Were you bought?

2 years ago

This Namiwa CIDEDI stupidity is a boring time waster. Who is sponsoring this useless idiot?

Tony Blair can come here and meet anybody he wishes their own risk.

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