CSOs dismiss calls for ceasefire, dialogue by Malawi govt: Demo pencilled in for Sept 7

Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) say they are incensed and feel insulted by the government response to the April 27 petition and instantly dismissed calls for dialogue.

One of the CSO leaders Gift Trapence said the “harsh” response from the government has forced them to go ahead with their plans to organise nationwide protests on September 7.

“The issues we raised in the petition are now non negotiable. The response is an insult to Malawians. I am not seeing dialogue. We cannot dialogue the death of Robert Chasowa and Issah Njauju,” he said.

The government went ahead to maintain the appointment of Police Inspector General (IG)  Rodney Jose who was approved by Parliament despite the CSOs protest of  appointment because of his alleged human rights violation record and despite his suspected role in the in the brutal death of a University of Malawi  student Robert Chasowa.

On demands for cancellation of the K4 billion payout to legislators,  resignations or dismissal of Cabinet ministers Goodall Gondwe (Finance, Economic Planning and Development) and Kondwani Nankhumwa (Local Government and Rural Development) over their role in the payout, government dismisses the CSOs demand.

The CSOs said most of the responses to their  petition were vague or not clear.

President Mutharika has since  accused the international donor community of trying to recolonise Malawi by sponsoring some CSOs to destabilise his government.

Mutharika claimed he is aware of how money is changing hands between members of the donor community and some CSOs on a “mission to destabilise” his government..

Responding to accusations that the CSOs are being sponsored by donors to destabilise the country, Trapence laughed off, saying to the contrary, it was Mutharika who was destabilising the country.

He said the CSOs have always fought for good governance, transparency and accountably.

US ambassador Virginia Palmer and British High Commissioner Holly Tett  have given the CSOs the diplomatic backing that  they play an important role in providing social services and in helping to hold governments and development partners to account.

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Adada
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Adada

Lets clear ourselves from corruption allegations ,lets be honest in distribution of the little resources we have Mzungu simunthu komano ifeyo anuwake tikhale okondana posayang’ana kuti uyu ngwakuti, amatani etc

Mulopwana
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Mulopwana

CSO in Malawi are full of greedy people. A Sembereka, a Tranpence, a Mtambo all greedy and disgruntled individuals ofuna anthu awatame kuti akuvuta. Za zii!!!! Munayenda panseu ndi a Chakwera kukana 4bn MWK. Lero Chakwera yemweyo walandira share yake ku constituency kwake. Mwaleka phokoso. Chief Secretary wa boma wakupatsani mayankho tsono mukukana mayankhowo. Akanati asayankhe bwezi mukumati bola sililabadira ai. What else do you need? who are you fighting for mukamati mukumenyera good governance? Munali kuti muja JB amaliika dzikoli mmavuto. Mungotaya nthawi ndi kumayenda panseu zopanda phindu. Anzanu akugwira ntchito mma office ndi mma minda kuti apeze cholowa… Read more »

NAMA
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NAMA

Our CSOs have lost the plot. Their leaders are worse than politicians. They defraud donors, enrich themselves and always try to make more money out of misguided criticism and destabilising government. They speak louder threatening government so that they have a cause to put in their proposals. It’s time we see them as unpatriotic Malawians who are pulling our country down.

Achimidzimidzi
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Achimidzimidzi

Government should know that parliament is not prosecution panel. Approval by parliament does not make Jose innocent. our MPz steal from each other within the parliament building.

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

If Malawi was to be recolonised, the better. what were we fighting for? To be oppressed by Malawians?To have corrupt black leaders? To create new partisan regime?

muonosile
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muonosile

Better be recolonized I agree. Even ma MPs should be whites, these greedy and toothless black teachers [MPs]have failed us big time.

Yemu
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Yemu

Asowa zochita.

kakhoza
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MA CSOs ndi manthu woukira akusokoneza anthu muno M malawi . we need to deal with them as a country and citizens . they always to frastrate government plans. they are beggars , they need job . very little assistance from their donors

zikomo
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zikomo

kakhoza,then you do not know what you are saying.should we be fooled by these fake roads which aims at siphoning money from government?all parastatal chief executives from one tribe?generator gates ……please love your country

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