CSOs vow to move from ‘tweets to streets’ to push for Mutharika’s ouster: Malawi leader says its ‘mission to destabilise’

Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) have said they are mobilising Malawians to stop clicktivism on social media and go from “tweets to streets”  demand  for President Peter Mutharika’s resignation, saying the Malawi leader and prevent  the mass protests  if he responds  in person his alleged involvement in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) fraud.

Trapence: We are going for another mass protests

A leaked Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) document indicates that Mutharika was involved in a K2.3 billion MPS and Pioneer Investments supply deal, where he pocketed K145 million received from the supplier into a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) account for which he is the sole signatory.

One of the civil society leaders Gift Trapence said the civil rights leaders met over the weekend when they agreed that should the President fail to respond, massive protests should be organised.

“We have given him ample time to respond otherwise we will be back on the streets,” said Trapence.

The HRD also called for an amendment to Section 91(2) of the Constitution which provides a sitting President immunity from prosecution.

However, spokesperson of 13  opposiiton parties ,Kamuzu Chibambo, who is also People’s Transformation Party (Petra) president, said calling for Mutharika’s resignation was a non-starter because he has already pleaded innocent.

Chibambo who is a practising lawyer said their only hope was for members of Parliament (MPs) to move a motion of impeachment in the House.

ACB has been investigating a Malawi police food supply contract, worth around 2.8bn kwacha that was awarded to a firm owned by businessman Zameer Kareem, called Pioneer Investments.

The report alleges that the head of finance of Malawi’s police, Innocent Bottomani, and Karim had “connived” to award Pioneer Investment a contract to provide 500,000 food ration packs.

Days after the contract was signed, Pioneer Investment allegedly asked for a change to the agreed price from 2.3bn kwacha to nearly 2.8bn – the report says the change was fraudulently approved by  Bottomani.

When Karim was paid for supplying the food ration packs in 2016, he allegedly deposited 145m kwacha into a DPP bank account that is reportedly managed by President Mutharika.

Both Karim and Bottomani have denied involvement in the alleged fraud.

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.

“This is just to divert people’s attention. He should just respond to issues that we are raising,” he said.

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

Nyasa Times has consistently been reporting  about the e interest claim controversy by Pioneer Investments until the local press picked it up  which prompted a public inquiry by the parliamentary oversight committee and then the ACB launched its investigation.

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Kadzakumanja
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Kadzakumanja

Ine pa K145,000,000 paja atangondigairako ka K20,000,000, basi wandidyetsa chibanzi! Basi, ndasiya!

oMachemba
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oMachemba

You know what would be stabilizing, for a change? If the CSO listed who funds them, organisation by organization, and amount by amount. This should be public information, because it is in the public interest. And don’t stop there: the CSOs’ expenditures should be itemized by year. You’d think they would be open to this in the interest of openness! But just watch them reject this idea stat. Why don’t their foreign funders (you said USA and Britain) push them on this front, if there are no ulterior motives? These specific CSOs (we know them well) are always trying to… Read more »

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
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Impeachment will not work because MPs will be bought to protect Mutharika by absenting themselves or vote against impeachment. Memories of the 50+1 vote are still fresh. The path by the CSOs is the right one that needs our support.

chataika
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chataika

CSOs thats what they know making noise while they in their houses. They cant go out and interface with ppo. CSOs are non governmental organizations and as the name implies they do not have any knowledge on how governmnent runs. A Trapece inkani ku nsewuko mutenge boma mumpatse Chakwera somebody who is failing to build his party but busy holding conferences in shade at mcp head1/4s naganiza kuti adzalowa mboma ohhoo mwauponda. DPP ili busy day and night holding rallies ndiye akadzawina mudzati abera ogggoooooo ine chisoni anzanganuuuuuuuu!

Samuel
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Samuel

Tiyenazoni. Mukatopa munena. Malawi adapenya. Pano tikukana kukalembetsa coz mumagotigwiritsa ntchito ngati nkhwagwa zikakuyendelani nkutiyaya. Malawi shall always be Malawi. God is rewarding politics of hatred with shame. Mukanyozanyoza mau angawa mudzawakumbukira.

Emmanuel Revelation
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are the CSOs clean from there iniquities
and who will remember there iniquities?,
is it not The Lord God ?
don’t go on blinding the innocent souls of Malawians because of your injustice.
our King is coming soon,
He is righteous ,and just ,and kind and loving King, King of Kings the Alpha and Omega. He is coming soon.

Joloza
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Joloza

Thats why this thing called Chibabmbo loses. He is against the people and busy looking for money! Come rain come sunshine, Chibambo can never win! This Mutharika thing must go!

Mulopwana
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Mulopwana

Argue from learned position and not from a disgruntled one. Chepetsani ma jealous wo a Trapance ndi a Mtambo.

Kadzakumanja
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Kadzakumanja

Paja a Kamuzu Chibambo nawo ngokubaaaaa!Si aja anawamanga aja chifukwa chokuba komweko?Lero akuti nganzeru.Munthu wakuba amakhala wanzeru?

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

A decent and noble head of state should have resorted to resigning quietly than face public scrutiny and rebuke. There is obviously trust deficit between the people and the president and highly so. Our head of state has made serious strategic and tactical moves bordering on insanity. If CSOs have reached a point where a head of state is game then you know……time is up!. If citizens cannot trust a head of state with their hard earned money, then what is the point of still holding the post. Professor Peter Mutharika, the social contract you signed with the public in… Read more »

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