HRDC takes on Tonse for betraying trust of Malawians: Faults Chakwera for okaying self-enrichment, hike of fuel prices 

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has taken the Tonse Alliance-led government to task for allegedly betraying the trust of Malawians on almost all the social and economic fronts.

HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence (left) making opening remarks before Sembereka read the statement–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times
HRDC officials (back to camera) addressing journalists in Lilongwe on Sunday–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

The coalition has also observed that the Tonse administration is losing direction, stressing that there are early signs that President Lazarus Chakwera and his partners are unwilling to crack down on corruption as hard as they promised.

“The administration also appears clueless on how to grow the economy, in creating the promised one million jobs and in sharply cutting poverty. But HRDC will not allow them to get away with malfeasance. We will use every legal means possible to ensure that the Tonse Alliance-led government is held accountable and forced, if need be, to fulfill its promises, through constitutional means,” said HRDC executive member Reverend MacDonald Sembereka.

Sembereka was among HRDC members who addressed journalists in Lilongwe on Sunday to update Malawians on its assessment of the government over the six months of its regime.

Others were the coalition’s chairperson Gift Trapence, Regional Chairperson for the North, Happy Mhango, and Regional Chairperson for the East, Masauko Thawe.

Sembereka stated that the Tonse administration has displayed little intention of breaking the elite’s hegemony and is no longer showing enough interest to stop the land grab by a cabal of rich and politically connected individuals and companies.

“They have found power too sweet to relinquish some and they could soon stop pretending that it wants to help Malawians get out of their economic pains,” he said.

But HRDC has acknowledged the strides the Tonse government has made in fulfilling its promises. Among others, the coalition pats the back of the Tonse for investigating and arresting some of the key figures in the Peter Mutharika administration on corruption allegations.

It also congratulated the Chakwera presidency for rolling out—despite challenges—the Affordable Input Programme (AIP) at the campaign promised price of K4 495 per 50 kg bag of fertilizer.

“With 4.3 million beneficiary households, the AIP covers at least four times the number of poor families that the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) used to reach. The Tonse Alliance-led Government has also implemented the increase of the tax-free income band from K45 000 to K100 000, helping to unlock disposable income; embarked on the Public Sector Reforms Programme,” said Sembereka.

He also commended the Tonse government for enacting the Access to Information (ATI) law after four successive administrations refused to do so.

Sembereka added that on the individual level, Chakwera has fulfilled his own pledge to go to Parliament to answer questions from legislators so that he directly accounts to the people through their elected representatives.

“Despite these early gains, there are some early warning signs that what was promised to be a new day might have actually been a false dawn. The voices of discontent are rising among Malawians and we too, as HRDC, have seen it. This includes growing concern on the fight against corruption that appears to be easing back into business-as-usual mode; the slowness in decision-making that is proving costly, as evidenced by the unprecedented 28 percent fuel price hike that appears to have accumulated over time; and the lack of seriousness in getting value from the mining industry,” he said.

He also chided the government for the alleged amateurish and corrupt management of AIP; the lack of a clear roadmap for the reform drive and the creation of one million jobs.

Sembereka stated that Malawians are also frustrated because of the broken promises on free electricity and water connections as well reductions in passport.

“These broken promises are a painful reminder of just how the political elite quickly forgets how they got into their positions. In a nutshell, there are troubling signs that the Tonse Alliance Administration is on course to betray the trust of Malawians. Clearly, there is little improvement so far in several sectors,” he narrated.

HRDC has cited a number of areas where the Tonse Alliance administration has alleged failed Malawians.

Among them include the fight against corruption, fuel price hike and return of blackouts, mining deals, AIP woes, lack of clear roadmap in the implementation of Public Sector Reforms Programme, land management, loans and the one million jobs promise.

The coalition has further challenged the Tonse government to decisively deal with individuals and organizations who have been evading taxes.

Sembereka noted that the loans programme, while higher than the previous package, has yet to start trickling back to the intended beneficiaries largely because of poor leadership in developing operational manuals, guidelines and systems that ensure that the right people get the right financial support for enterprises whose objectives speak to the fund.

He questioned the sincerity of the government, observing that there is nothing on the ground that shows progress on the creation of one million jobs in a year—another Tonse Alliance promise that is breaking the hearts of young Malawians who had so much hope that the new Administration would make their lives better.

“HRDC demands that the Ministry of Labour not only provides a road map for creating these jobs by the end of January 2021, but also provide evidence of jobs created so far, which should be at least 500 000 since half a year has passed,” he said.

On the tax evasion, Sembereka claimed they have evidence to the effect that some Asian-owned companies and individuals have been avoiding payment of these taxes.

“Some have either run away or were deported. With the change of the government, it has come to our attention that some are using senior Tonse officials to come back to plunder in Malawi, avoid tax and externalize our wealth. We would like to warn government, that as HRDC we are watching and monitoring these conspiracies and we will expose them,” he said.

 

 

 

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Mmalawi ozitsata
Mmalawi ozitsata
7 months ago

Zabdikumbutsa Atcheya atatipulomisa nsapato aliyense, nkutiyankha kuti ndikanakuyezani masize any nonse after some years. Hahahaha what I realized and decide ngati mmalawi nkukhala nonpartisan kunkhani ya politics. Timakuwuzani anthuwa ndi amodzi simumva. Komanso panopa tiyeni tiapatsenso two years INA, tisangoona kuti akulephera zitizo. They have done there best, Covid has brought countries like USA on their knees economically, who is ka Nyasa.

Zio ine
Zio ine
7 months ago

Chakwera can do nothing to the likes of Nkaka, Mia and Chimwendo Banda These are his errand boys who are sent out to collect bribes and most recently he sent Nkaka to collect bribes from Somaliland

Chikopa cha Mbuzi
7 months ago

Akulu akulu, get me right. Zonse zikuchitikazi, Chilima is the winner. Kwa iye zikumukhalira bwino coz Laz is on the driving seat. How difficult is the implementation of free electricity and water connection as promised by Chilima? Kodi Tonse ikuyendera manifesto anji? Guys, kodi anthu awa auulula chuma chawo? Tonse ndi makhuruku basi. Anthu away atipweteka. Chakwera simunthu wabwino. Miah ndi mkazi wache sakuchita manyazi kuti akutibera ife anthu osauka misonkho yathu. Akutapa K100,000,000 mwezi ndi mwezi pa misonkho yathu. Pepani a Malawi amzanga. Bola ku Aigupto komwe kuja timakhuta mazyende ndi nyama osati zalerozi. A Kandodo, tatichitirani chifundo! Tikudziwa… Read more »

Ndaona mpungwepungwe
7 months ago

Ndaona chifukwa chomwe APM ankafuna adzonzi kukhala running mate wawo. Enawa ndi a phuma zedi! Akufuna abweretse chisokonezo.

Mpakateni
7 months ago

Can’t we change the constitution so that when a government is underperforming, the opposition should call for an early election like what happens in Israel or India? This will help to have a government standing on its toes every time.

China
China
7 months ago

Chakwera showed his true colours when he appointed his cabinet. Kutenga anthu a pachibale, apabanja. Never again I’m voting for this man. We need Chilima pa driving seat

Rise and Fall of a Thieving Preacher

The one who brought the issue of 1 million jobs was stupid and you know who it was. The leader of UTM is well educated and should have know what it meant to create 1 megajobs in one year. I wonder why MCP accepted this stupid idea. No wonder UTM failed miserably to get seats. UTM must apologize to the youth. During my early school day I was told there were three types of nouns: proper noun, common noun and abstract noun. Corruption is an abstract noun and when we talk about corruption without mention the names of those involved… Read more »

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
7 months ago

Achimwene be careful and mind your language. Do not overrate Chakwera/ MCP Most people still believe he cannot win an election on his own. Do not bring unnecessary divisions, MCP yakhala zaka zingati ku opposition. Muzalimba pano ndi monster DPP?

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba
Reply to  Fake Petros

Tidzalimba amene. Is it not true that UTM started the issue of 1 million jobs? Please answer yes or no and not zolalatazo. Is it not true that UTM just got 4 MPs? The only valuable commodity you have in UTM is Saulos but what is he saying about 1 million jobs he promised the youth and other Malawians? Mind you it was 1 million jobs per year. Not even 500 jobs have been created. Ku dpp kuli chiyaninso pano anthu akuba, atsankho etc adzataninso? Nankhumwa angamuvotere ndani? Mbuli ngati imeneyi.

Last edited 7 months ago by Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba
Akuchikazi
Akuchikazi
7 months ago

vuto lanu akulu ndi kuchepa maganizidwe. Chilima was able to see it. You cant see it. Sibawotu iyi.

Changamile
Changamile
7 months ago

Its good that finally HRDC are now seeing what everyone was seeing.

The Tonse government is surely loosing direction. Tho is mainly due to its wild promises. It appears they were simply using every trick in the book just to attain power.

Boma loyamba ndi ma demo lizathanso ndi ma demo!!!

A Moya Kamowa
A Moya Kamowa
7 months ago

Time will tell. It took immediate for things to change when Jane Ansah left MEC, despite MEC being a small institution and our country un the deepest of troubled water the change progress is too slow to notice. How long should we wait before we start passing judgements on our current Government performance?

ADA
ADA
7 months ago

What HRDC should know is that the price of crude oil went down due to world wide lock downs (low demand), now the trade is almost back to normal hence the oil price has gone up (high demand). HRDC never made noise when we were crying that bus fares were so high when fuel was at MWK 690.

Otayo
Otayo
7 months ago
Reply to  ADA

I totally disagree. Do not disguise the failure of Tonse Alliance by raising fuel prises under their watch as a result of covid 19 drop cases nor due to emerging of vaccination . Tell me which countries have seen their fuel rise in Europe where covid vaccine has now been rolled out. Fuel still cheap if not being sold at same price for the last 10 months. The fact and truth is Malawi kwacha is nose diving due to malfunction of Tonse Alliance. Sort out things and implement your promises to come out of this misery. Prises of fuel rising… Read more »

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  ADA

Pita uko iwe!!!!!

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