After display of Executive arrogance, the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has toned down from its Zachamba (nonsense) blast and is begging to meet civil society organisations (CSOs) demanding the party to refund money received from some parastatals and city councils at its fundraising dinner on July 29 2017.
The CSO’s threatened to take legal action on DPP’s coercive collection of money from some parastatals and city councils.
But DPP leaders, including secretary general Greselder Jeffrey and vice president for the Centre Hetherwick Ntaba, said the party will not make a refund as it did not force any institution to support its fundraising cause at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe where President Peter Mutharika was the guest of honour.
CSO’s led by Mzuzu-based fearless rights campaigner Charles Kajoloweka, instructed their lawyer, Wesley Mwafulirwa, to take the matter to court for abuse of public office and public funds, but also for the court to determine whether the actions taken by the DPP and the parastatals and councils were lawful and reasonable.
The Youth and Society (YAS), Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), Church and Society Programme, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), and Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) also want to explore the option of lobbying for the arrest and criminal prosecution of any members of DPP whose conduct had criminal elements.
Malawi Law Society (MLS) joined the condemnation of donations to the governing DPP by State enterprises and demanded a refund to the agencies.
Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) as well as Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre city councils collectively contributed K13.5 million to the DPP event.
But now the DPP through secretary general Wa Jeffrey has written the CSOs in a letter seen by Nyasa Times dated August 28, 2017, saying the party was willing to furnish the public with details of the money collected and donors through the CSOs, but through a dialogue process.
Wa Jeffrey claims that lawyer for CSOs was misled that the activists had made attempts to engage the governing party in a dialogue, saying they were engaging the DPP through the media.
“Should your clients be open to dialogue in order to solve this issue amicably as your letter intimates, we have a team on standby to engage with your clients and to ensure that their questions are satisfied,” she said.
Wa Jeffrey said DPP “would like to propose dialogue on the matter.”
She asked lawyer Mwafulirwa to advice the CSOs “accordingly so that both parties can agree on the process.”
The CSOs have maintained that they want to end a culture of impunity and that DPP should simply refund the money.
Kajoloweka said CSOs will “review) the DPP’s response and form a position “in the best interest of the public.”
He, however, stated that the position of CSO’s remains irrevocable“DPP must pay back the money and publish names of institutions they siphoned money from.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :