CSO’s announces anti-govt demo set for March 27: MBC, corruption among issues

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), which organised a nationwide demonstration last year, have confirmed that they will hold another peaceful protests on March 27 over numerous social ills happening in the country.

MBC is turned into a propaganda broadcaster
CSOs addressing journalists on March 27 demo

The members of the Human Rights Defenders’ Coalition (HRDC) made the announcement in Lilongwe on  Sunday during a news conference.

Addressing journalists, HRDC Regional Chairperson for the Centre, Billy Mayaya, said among other things: “The demonstrations have been organised to condemn rampant corruption in the country, killings and abductions of people with albinism as well as shameless abuse of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) gurus to their interest and reducing the Malawi Police Service to a DPP wing and attempts to kill the gender equality strides that Malawi has made.”.

Mayaya said the HRDC have been left with no other option but to mobilise the populace, and hold demonstrations as yet another way in engaging the government of Malawi over a number of unresolved issues of national concern.

The HRDC said it  has lost trust in the current regime headed by President Peter Mutharika.

“This is a regime that has more than once demonstrated its incompetency and utter lack of direction in addressing numerous challenges that Malawi is currently facing. It is clear that the regime is out of touch and control, a scenario that has made Malawi to be a ship without a captain.”

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo said they have on numerous occasions tried to provide alternative policy directions to the current regime on various challenges that Malawi is facing but  “unfortunately our submissions have either been ridiculed, ignored or partially acknowledged and halfheartedly implemented.”

The CSOs have been giving Mutharika several ultimatums, asking him to step down or that he be impeached.

Meanwhile, at  the National Elections Consultative Forum (Necof) meeting in Lilongwe,  stakeholders failed MBC  for its bias towards ruling DPP.

But MBC director general Aubrey Sumbuleta said MBC is prepared to offer an equal opportunity to all candidates “when official campaign period starts [March 20”.

He said  the national broadcaster will record-30-minute programmes with all presidential candidates based on some topical issues.

The CSOs have said they will be demanding the opening up of the airwaves to all political players and demand an immediate end of the broadcasting of propaganda.

Additionally, the CSOs fault Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) that it continues to abuse the Communication Act by threatening and censoring media houses that are providing critical checks and balances to Mutharika’s administration while at the same time paying a blind eye to the misconduct of the state broadcaster.

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Mulopwana
Mulopwana
2 years ago

Waste of time. You will not achieve anything with your demos>. Infact people are even tired with your demos chifukwa palibe chomwe amaphulapo inu uku mukulandira allowance

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
2 years ago

Some people who work at MBC are like prostitutes who earn their living from immorality. We have people at MBC who are paid for an unethical job. MBC is for Malawians not DPP.

akatraz
akatraz
2 years ago

olo mutamapanga ma demo daily mpaka tizavote tilibe nanu ntchito

chimanga
2 years ago

Sumbuleta, do you have to wait for the campaign period to offer others a voice on your biased station? Do you use tax payers money all the time or only during campaigns? Shame on you

Zasintha
Zasintha
2 years ago
Reply to  chimanga

Sumbeleta’s remarks are a disgrace. The foolery at MBC is infuriating not because people there have thrown professionalism to the dogs, but because they are doing that using my taxes!

Joovido
Joovido
2 years ago

What about the issue of providing state security to a running mate of the party. Has the constitution not been raped here? ????

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