CSOs give Mutharika 85 days to address Malawi electricity blackout: Decry ‘Lomwelisation‘ of Malawi opportunities

The civil society organisations (CSOs)  who presented their petition to the President, are calling for the Head of State to address daily rationing of electricity  and lengthy “outages” within 85 days.

The protestors in Mzuzu claimed the DPP government has people who specialize in stealing public money

Some of the protestors

Peaceful demonstrations in Zomba

Anger has been boiling over continued electricity blackouts for the 10% of Malawian households that are connected to the grid and are supplied by the state-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) or the private Electricity Generation Company (Egenco).

New back-up diesel generators which were to  improve the situation this year but Malawi continues to experience power cuts.

“Malawi is a nation in darkness. We are tired of blackouts and gensets excuses. We give you, Your Excellency Sir, 85 days to address the electricity blackouts problem,” reads the petition.

No electricity means no development  and there is a strong link between human development and per capita electricity consumption, say researchers. Malawi has one of the world’s lowest electricity consumption levels and its human development index, of 0.418, is far below even the sub-Saharan regional average, ranking 170 out of 187 countries in the world

In the petition, the CSOs also accused President Peter Mutharika’s administration of favouring his Lhomwe tribe.

They decried that all key positions in government are being held by people from the Lhomwe Belt—where Mutharika also comes from.

CSOs said they are “saddened” that the country is divided along tribal, ethnic and regional lines which has often been fueled by the tendency of running the country as an “ethnic project” as evidenced by the ‘Lomwelisation of national cake’ rather than a transformative project whose benefits trickle down to all Malawians irrespective of tribe or region.

Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Nicholas Dausi,  said there is no grain of truth in what the CSO activists have alleged.

Among other issues, the marchers were pushing for the reversal of Rodney Jose’s appointment as acting Inspector General of Police within 10 days  and for government to cancel the planned disbursement of the controversial K4 billion funds  to MPs.

They have also demanded that the Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe and Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa should resign or get fired by President  within 20 days over their dubious role in the K4 Billion payout .

The petition also demand the re-tabling and enactment of the all the elections related bills including 50%+1 electoral system of electing the President in their original form as proposed by the Law Commission within 40 days.

“We demand these elections related laws including the 50%+1 to be enacted in their original form as proposed by the Malawi Law Commission.”

The CSOs say they have  a clear monitoring and evaluation framework to track the  implementation of the 10 demands and other raised concerns .

“At the expiry of each timeline of the 10 demands, the activists, concerned citizens and Malawians of good will shall convene to evaluate your progress on implementation of the demands and concerns, and in cases where you have not done so, the grouping shall resolve to implementing Plan B on each of the timelines to ensure that all the demands are addressed.

“You can be lest assured therefore Your Excellency Sir that the Citizens shall hold a series of post-April 27 demonstrations activities –if you decide to ignore the 10 demands petition- until all the issues are addressed,” reads the petition seen by Nyasa Times.

The CSOs said at the expiry of 90 days, they  shall reconvene to evaluate the Presudent’d performance in relation to addressing their concerns and demands as well as the general state of governance in the country.

“In the event that we find your leadership lacking, untrustworthy and incompetent in addressing these challenges and demands, we the concerned citizens, activists and all Malawiansof goodwill shall have no choice but to ask you to immediately step down as President of Malawi in line with the principle of social contract as ably expounded in the Constitution (Section 12[c]),” the CSOs have asserted.

The CSOs said they  believe that their  petition will be given the attention, priority it deserves and that “this time around we will not take excuses for answers but solutions to our demands.”

 

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Jamax
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APM is a Man and our only favorite President who is doing great things in Malawi … no matter what I will give him a VOTE come 2019 he is just my favorite he has good plans fo us.

Chilungamo
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It’s unfortunate that what is happening in Malawi is turning out to be like an overall hatred, dislike or war against Lhomwes, even good ones. For sure there are and have been hardworking, intelligent well- deserving people of Lhomwe tribe in government sectors, parastatals and business entities.
But the current level of NEPOTISM in Malawi is unprecedented, not even nthawi ya one party, ya Muluzi, ya Amayi???
If there’s any fair thinking Lhomwe disputing this fact out there, can they institute a nationwide survey (with international reputation) to proove or disprove this claim? It is a BLATANT fact!!!
SHAME on THIEVES!!!

Morgan
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All this is stupid in the eyes of our old president. Ana angomupusisa gogo wathuyi. Chaponda u should have supported demos.. CSOs want nankhumwa out,he was the one behind ur torture. This should have been ur time to push nankhumwa out. Also push out aka kopanda nyama ka Marshal dukes or field marshal or field marshal. As Malawi we are taking a new direction bwana president.

Chappe
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To say that only 10% of Malawi households are connected to the electricity supply in this the 21st century is shameful. What has been happening since independence 54yrs ago, more than half a century? The supply of electricity should have been developed over the years to keep pace with the ever increasing population and the demands of growing industry. There is no way a country can move forward these days without an adequate and reliable electricity supply. Industry, education, the health service, communication, transport, all rely on an adequate and uninterrupted supply of electricity. To regard the building of stadiums… Read more »
Tzzak
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I am Lhomwe, I will die Lhomwe. Even if it means dying for the dignity of my fellow Lhomwes. I have worked hard in school and just looking for opportunities like any othet Malawian. If Malawi believes that Lhomwes will have to be wiped out and not be given opportunities you folks will have something more than these big walks you called demonstrations

aMun'na
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The only beef that is legitimate is the disruption of supply of electricity. But, let’s face it, It’s consequences are not so obvious, and many Malawians wrongly think this does not affect them. One reason for this is that as much as ninety nine per cent of us are rural dwellers, and do not have electricity in our huts! So, the electricity issue is not personal. So, it is reasonable to expect this issue to not register on voters’ minds next year. And, don’t be surprised when the rest of the petition will not resonate with the voting public either.… Read more »
Alhomwe Genuine
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It’s not an offence to be born Malawian; neither is it to be a Lhomwe. I hate people who look down upon me because I am as such. The demos yesterday should have brought out real issues that benefit the whole nation; and not just for some reasons I consider selfish and greedy. Why the hatred against the Lhomwe in the first place? What did they have to do with the demos for the organizers to include lhomelization as one of the issues to be addressed by government? Are the banks, all government ministries and departments and other agencies made… Read more »
Tzzak
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Its easy to see. Tumbuka Placards!! Tumbukas have always have had this serious problems with Lhomwes from time in memorial. Tidzaphanamo muno tsiku lina, Alhomwefe tinalakwa cha? Why are people offended because of existence of Lhomwes?

Napoleon
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Don’t worry man Lomwes have married their sisters,.

aMun'na
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Post well written, and message delivered to the aLhomwe haters. Asa.

kaka ni dada
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Kokakokakoka! Chaka chake ndi chino, madzi achita katondo, CSOs plus Chilimaism agogo akugwa ndi cardiac arrest, chonde alamu pumani mwakalamba adatero mama Callista .

Kambewa chisale
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Mbuyako is too old to govern the country. I do understand he is using pampers these days. Let him retire with diginity. Chilima WoYe

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