CSOs give Mutharika 90 days ultimutum to address 10-point petition: ‘Plan B’ in place

Civil society organisations (CSOs) in the country have given President Peter Mutharika 90 days to address issues contained in their 10-point petition  or they will hold  post April 27  demonstrations to force the President out of power.

Rights defenders who presented the petition

Some of the protestors

Protestors carrying placards

Political activist Abida Mia in red t-shirt joins the demo in Blantyre

On the front line:Timothy Mtambo,  Gift Trapence and other rights defenders

The protesters marching

The CSOs, organising the demonstrations to express dissatisfaction with the K4 billion payout to members of Parliament (MPs) and 3demand that the disbursement of thefunds be completely cancelled within 30 days “as its objective and motives were not to pursue public interest but rather to reward betrayal of public trust through the rejection of the peoples’ electoral reforms.’’

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 K4 Billion scandal has raised more questions than answers on the integrity of not only the two ministers but also the entire government.”

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 demands include President Mutharika  to reverse his  decision on the appointment of Rodney Jose – who they say was implicated in the murder of Robert Chasowa in 2011- as Acting Inspector General of Police within 10 days.

“In the absence of completion of investigations into Chasowa’s murder, such an appointment is an insult to the family of Chasowa and the general public who continue to seek justice on the matter. We demand Parliament to reject such an appointment if brought before it for approval.”

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 Malawians of 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.

It continued: “Indeed, as rightly put in the 2014 DPP [Democratic Progressive Party] manifesto that no person in Malawi should ever believe that Malawi is his or her personal property.”

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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Tenzi Mzungu
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Ballot is the only answer.. Kamuzu was removed through ballot so too with JB. APM was made president through ballot and the same ballot will remove him

Optomus
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He’s nepotistic, a thief & incompetent. APM is the worst president Malawi has ever had.

silica gell
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KKKKK, ANAKUPANANITU, MUMAYESAKUTI ZITHEKANSO KUTIMUBE MUMASHOPU AENIAKE. MWANGOYENDAPO NJILAYAMTANDA. MWAWUPONDA! KOMA CHIKWAMACHO OSADYA MA ORGANISERS NOKHA, ANYAMATAWO TAWANAMIZANIKO PANG’ONO KAKHOBILI ANA AMENE MWAGUBA NAWO PERETEWO

TEACHER
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WHY CAN’T PETER JUST RESIGN TO KEEP HIS LEGACY AND RESPECT ??

ANSWER # ALIBE POLOBOLEMU !!

ovaha mbwiyanga
Guest

Makape ma gay; bisexuals what change can you bring to a country that was spoiled by MCP. Keep on fooling yourself or else start a political party; win elections and demonstrate good governance full of one tribe. This nonsense of ultimatum must stop forthwith or else ndikucheka chekani

#DzukaniAmalawi
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if the 10-Point Plan isn’t implemented with the seriousness it deserves, then Plan B should be the ballot box. Bring back the power to the people through their vote. This the easier route to deal with the president than impeachment process. It takes too long whilst we have Tripartite Elections just around the corner. In fact if the 10-Point Petitions don’t see their way into DPP’s manifesto, then kick them out of power

PKajoloweka
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Bravo all Malawians who took part in the today’s historical march. You have spoken and its up to the government to listen otherwise the marching will be the norm of our nation until all thieves are gone. This is our Malawi and we have to defend head to toe.

Watipa
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Bravo Malawians

Joloza
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This is great! We are slowly building trust in CSOs again. But a word of caution, never be bought again like the stupid Bamusi

Roll out ATI now
Guest

I am with you 100%

mlomwe wokhuzidwa
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chisime chimaoneka chakuya chikaphwa
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Optomus
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Mmmmmmh ayi, ichi chokha olo madzi ataphwa sichingaoneke kuya olo pang’ono ataaaah!

kaka ni dada
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President watha ntchito, wakalamba kwambili akapume, mapeto ake a DPP mukamukakamila amuchititsa manyazi ngati Mugabe, Chilima mukumukanayo akhala president posachedwapa kapena muluza chisankho chaka cha mawa agogowa mkuchita manyazi. Ngati mukukana mukamufunse Kamuzu anthu adamuchititsa manyazi 1994. Please mama Callista give these DPP cadres a signal so that they can understand.

pathfinder
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I sometimes don’t understand you opposition parties. If you are really sure that if DPP is to continue with Peter, it will lose the election, shouldn’t you be happy? I mean you are the opposition now hoping one day you will lead and that day is been created for you by the DPP itself. So instead of being happy, you’re busy telling DPP to change its presidency if they are to win this coming election, does it make sense? Does it mean you don’t want to be in government? Or you’re just trying to fool us because you’re scared that… Read more »

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