CSOs renew calls for Mutharika to resign as Malawi president: Plan another protests Sept 7

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), under the Human Rights Defenders Coalition banner, have planned a second set of demonstrations on 7 September as  a day of ‘major action’  in a bid to force President Peter Mutharika to step down after he failed to address issues they had raised in their 27 April ultimatum.

Activists speaking at the news conference
Activists speaking at the news conference
Mtambo (left) says protests on September 7

Addressing a news conference in Lilongwe  Wednesday, the CSOs state that, in view of the fact that Mutharika has failed to act on their demands, they have resolved to take a series of actions to force his administration to make concessions that will make Malawi a better country for us all.

“The constitution is clear that those that govern us do so on our behalf. Section 12(c) and Section 6 of the Republican Constitution fully explains this social contract. Even the ruling (DPP) in its 2014 manifesto rightly observed: ‘We in the DPP believe that if a Government does not have integrity, it has no right to govern’ (DPP Manifesto, 2014, p. 6).

“We believe that this social contract has been breached wantonly and we call upon Malawians from all walks of life to join us in coordinated peaceful protests to show our displeasure over the failure of President Mutharika to address the issues raised in the petition and the demand,”the statement reads.

The demonstrations will be held on 7 September 2018 in all the districts in Malawi.

The statement, addressed to Mutharika and copied to the Vice President, Chief Secretary to the OPC, The Speaker of Parliament, Malawi Human Right Commission, Malawi Law Society, all political parties, all religious mother bodies and all development partners, scores Mutharika 10 percent in the 10 issues they raised in the petition.

“Your Excellency, while we appreciate your government’s efforts in responding to the concerns raised in our communiqué, we strongly feel your response falls short of offering any practical solutions to the challenges and concerns observed therein.

“We have a strong impression that your response was not born out of conviction but rather to merely score a political point that we have a responsive government when in actual fact your government continues to take Malawians for granted as ably reflected in the casual approach you responded to the issues raised in the petition,” the letter reads.

The memo further highlights the prolonged abuses by the DPP government such as corruption, Escom abuses and prolonged blackouts, promoting impunity, protection of people with albinism, the K4 billion disbursement to MPs, MBC and Macra bias, public health and education delivery and nepotism, among others.

“Your attempt, Mr President, to include regions in justifying your appointments fell short of addressing the issue of nepotism which you are promoting. We now believe that you are the Chief of Nepotism as even the compositions of members of Boards of Directors of parastatals are dominated by your kinsmen who are contributing to the raging corruption in their institutions since they owe their positions to patronage. We are, therefore, not surprised to learn that the Public Reforms Initiative failed miserably because most of the public institutions are being run by your incompetent and corrupt people whose sole qualification for appointment was to belong to the Lomwe belt,” the CSO argue.

The CSOs further note that any government that has lost trust of the people the people have the power to remove that government from office.

“This is ably supported by the Constitution in Section 6 and 12. It is in our considered view that by virtue of the reasons listed in the petition the DPP government has lost the legitimacy to govern and as such Malawians have the powers to decide whether to remove it from office or not. It is in this regard that we categorically restate that a government without integrity has no legitimacy to govern.”

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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
3 years ago

WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR T SHIRTS YOLEMBEDWA MWABA KOKWANIRAYO NAFE TIVALE NAWO

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
3 years ago

WE WANT MALAWI FOR ALL TRIBES, NOT FOR LOMWES ONLY.

Chris Kho
Chris Kho
3 years ago

Honestly we Malawians are not that dull and we know for sure that these so called CSOs just do these media briefings and Demos etc to find a justification to their donors that they are using the donor funds for such activities but in real sense they are just enriching themselves. It’s high time these guys also produced audited accounts so we as the citizenry are assured that they are very transparent and accountable more than the Government systems they accuse every day. We know of the opulence in their Area 43 Houses (Trapence for example) which I hope is… Read more »

Wanjiku
Wanjiku
3 years ago
Reply to  Chris Kho

Chris Kho ndiwe mu lhomwe ?Which representatives are you referring to ?Okuba awa ?

nkonsimphile gumede
3 years ago

tiyeni nawoni apumbwa amenewa asatizolowele ayi!!!!!!!!!

Amos
Amos
3 years ago

poti ndi ntchito yanu name ndidzapita Ku ntchito yanga kuti ana adzadye nsima

Silica gell
3 years ago

Kusatila zokhumba za agalu amenewa nkuzelezeka.

winston msowoya
3 years ago

HEKOO,CSOs.We of the Malawian diaspora congratulate you for your fearless demand that Peter Muthalika must resign from his position as Malawi’s useless President our nation has ever had.A week ago I had written a narration that Masauko Chipembere gave me in Dar es salaam,Tanzania on Peter Muthalika that he was not supposed to lead Malawi if his colleagues will not make it.He described Peter Muthalika as tribalist,non-starter and corrupt individual.Indeed,his warnings were authentic and nationalistic.Malawians can now see what Chipembere said before.Sons and daughters of Malawi,time has come to fight these destroyers at any cost for the bright future of… Read more »

Tenzi Mzungu
Tenzi Mzungu
3 years ago

So your goal is to make this government look very unpopular and campaign for a certain opposition party? Because you know for sure that impeaching APM is not possible. If Malawians have lost trust in this government soon they will say so through the ballot. We waited for 31 years to remove Kamuzu from power. JB was removed from power through the ballot because of the infamous Cashgate despite your quietness on the issue because some of you like Sembereka was benefitting from her government

Manyozo
Manyozo
3 years ago

Za Ziii……………Failure to be objective in criticizing but full of hate, Useless CSO. it is not possible to topple this government so us SKC can fulfill his PLAN B of trying to be the first citizen. Dikirani MAY 21 , 2019 for proper election of first citizen.

mmadobebuna
3 years ago

you are just wasting your time you fools

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