CSOs give Mutharika fresh ultimatum: 20 days for clear action plan

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has given President Peter Mutharika 20 days to respond to  issues raised in their petition delivered after the September 21 2018 anti-government demonstrations across the country’s four cities,warning they will be back in the streets to protest in March should Mutharika fail to deal with the issues.

Trapence and Mtambo: The voice of reason from CSOs

In a letter  to the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) dated January 9 2019 signed by HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo and vice-chairperson Gift Trapence, the civil society organisations (CSOs) have asked  President Mutharika to come up with a clear action plan in addressing their demands.

The CSOs demand  return of K145 million which the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) benefitted from Pioneer Investment’s  Zameer Karim from the proceeds of the  Malawi Police Service food ration deal, action on 4.2 million litres theft of fuel at Escom, an end to corruption, killings of people with albinism  and for DPP to stop inciting political violence and intimidation of activists.

They have  also demanded that President Mutharika should address health and education woes, youth unemployment  as well as gender equality gaps at all levels including at Cabinet.

“You Excellency Sir, we still demand tangible answers to the numerous issues that were raised in the citizen’s petitions: bringing to book all those involved in 4.2 million litres of theft of fuel at Escom and address blackout challenges; expedite the prosecution  of suspects  in the Police Rations Food scam, bring to book Isa Njauju and Robert Chasowa  murderers,” reads the memo seen by Nyasa Times which has been signed  by Mtambo, Trapence. Happy Mhango, Masauko Thawe and Billy Mayaya.

“We raised a number of pertinent issues but up to now, there is no response. We have written him again, this is the last time we have written him otherwise we will be back in the streets in March,” said Trapence.

But presidential press secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani insisted  that the President does not take ultimatums.

Kalilani also trashed the CSOs saying they snubbed  the invitation by government to a dialogue meeting that was set to discuss their concerns.

He wondered how the CSOs think  “the matters they raised will be addressed without dialogue”.

Government spokesperson Henry Mussa questioned the CSOs on the timing of their protests.

“The CSOs should not be intimidating the president. He cannot work under threats and ultimatums,” said Mussa.

Mussa said Mutharika set up a committee to look into the issues raised by the CSOs, saying the president cannot be seeing everybody.

Malawi is set to hold presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on May 21.

Mutharika won the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections with a 36.4 percent vote and has faced a turbulent relationship with CSOs and opposition parties, including a breakaway faction of Vice-President Saulos Chilima and several former DPP national governing council (NGC) members who formed UTM party over concerns of deteriorating governance and  economic affairs in the country.

Wedged between Mozambique and Zambia, Malawi is one of the world’s poorest nations with the majority of its 11.3 million-strong population living on less than a dollar a day.

Some political commentators have warned the President against ignoring CSOs as they represent Malawians or risk going into the May 21 polls “bruised and wounded”.

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Ignatius
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Useless liabilities and I meet you I will slap you heavily

Sungururerureru
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Sungururerureru

Agents of darkness. You have failed to succeed on your darkness agendas. You blind CSOs who do not love your country, shame on you.

SKC
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SKC

Can someone tell these fools that we are tired and bored with their nuisance? Man, it’s too childish now!

chikoti
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chikoti

Koma Timoteo WA lero ayayaya..Timoteo timziwa ife anali idekha..naye Mphatso mzakeyo..polani fire…za ziiiii

hatton
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hatton

you, useless homosapiens, when are you going to ask the leader of opposition to explain the source of money he is using to build an obscenely expensive house at maula? When are you going to ask the leader of opposition to explain the illegal water connection at his MCP headquarters?
Unless you tackle these issues, you will be deemed partisan and the best you should do is to shut up your shitholes.

Mazira a Bakha
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Go ahead please CSO’s. That’s exactly what we want. Tatopanazo zimbava izi zizipita kwao zikagwere uko. We are tired of these cash gate stories we are hearing everyday. Almost every department is affected and worse still, the OPC itself is also involved. Ndie anthu alowera kuti? Zaziiii……

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

What are these mad people smoking? Azungu atiuza kuti zinthu zikuyenda bwino, who are you to tell us the opposite? Fotseki.

pumbwa
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pumbwa

y not taking time with your wives & families as wel as thinking on ways of filling up you kids bellies?

pumbwa
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pumbwa

nthawi yolima ino zikaliman uko ndi magulu a masikini aja awa

Heavyduty
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Heavyduty

Komanso how effective are these so called “ultimatums”. What do you do if they are not “complied by”. Zitsiru inu a mabungwe, ingopitani kwa amene amakuchitani fund wo mukapephe bwinobwino. Mbuzi inu

Amfumu
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I will not be fooled. You CSOs just want to decampaign APM. Even if he addresses the issues you will look for other issues to pin on him. Go to hell.

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