Several Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) on Saturday March 9 2019 joined hundreds of dignatories and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) followers who attended the MCP manifesto launch at the Crossroads Hotel in the Capital Lilongwe.
One of the CSOs present at the launch was the vocal Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).
Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times, HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo said they decided to attend the ceremony upon invitation and in their role as watchdogs of the society and above all as a group that keep government and all political parties accountable.
“We are here to monitor the promises MCP will give to Malawians,” said Mtambo.
While requesting for peace from all political parties ahead of the May 21 watershed elections, Mtambo also promised that as CSO’s, they are going to monitor and attend all political party manifesto launching activities.
“We request for peace because some people are violent and hostile [Towards members of the CSO]” he said.
Commenting on how Malawi has trend interms of democracy inside the 25 years of multiparty demcracy, Mtambo said it has been a mixed bag where by democracy has one way matured while in the other way others have still tried to pull it down.
He said as CSO’s, active participation a democratic tenent.
“We are citizens so whatever happens in Malawi affects us therefore our role remains promotion of democracy” said Mtambo.
He further promised that the CSO’s will continue to work with anyone and vowed to make sure that politicians fulfil the promises they give to their people.
Mtambo also advised all leaders to learn to bring people together and exercise servant leadership.
MCP becomes the first political party to launch its manifesto ahead of the highly anticipated and contested May general elections.
It was again the first party to hold a convention, primary elections, announce running mate as well as present presidential nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
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