HRDC threatens anti-Tonse demos for duping Malawians,  $50m oil deal

Apparently fed up with the current Tonse Alliance administration’s slowness to govern and a clear lack of direction, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has threaten to  mobilise Malawians to demand what they deserve and what they were promised and signed for.

HRDC members addressing a news conference in Lilongwe. -Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

Ironically HRDC was instrumental in pushing for change after the courts declared null and void the 2019 elections which the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were declared winner by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) through electoral fraud.

But a few months down the line, the stakes seem to have changed with the popular non state actor telling President Lazarus Chakwera that Malawians are already losing hope and openly expressing dissatisfaction with his administration.

“Unless we see genuine change and drastic steps to implement campaign promises, we will soon start to mobilise Malawians to demand what they deserve and what they signed for,” reads part of the HRDC statement.

In the statement, HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence  and national coordinator Luke Tembo says his organisation finds it imperative to comment on the status of the Tonse Alliance following numerous concerns and queries from the public regarding the loss of direction of the country.

“It should be recalled that the current government led by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) campaigned and won the June 23, 2020 fresh Presidential elections on the Tonse Alliance philosophy. The alliance campaigned and won based on a merged blue print that consolidated some of the promises from the manifestos of all the alliance partners,” further reads the statement.

HRDC says in the statement that Malawians are shocked to see that these promises seem to have been abandoned altogether except the affordable fertilizer pledge.

“Malawians are now openly expressing their loss of hope and feel duped as there is total silence from the Alliance leaders including Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima who is also UTM President.”

HRDC has since demanded that Tonse Alliance leaders jointly address Malawians on the state of the Alliance in reference to the joint and consolidated manifesto that Malawians voted for as well as give a clear timeline to Malawians how the merged campaign promises will be implemented.

The coalition has also demanded that “that government institutes a clear, professional and independent investigations to verify how the K6.2 billion Covid -9 funds under Dodma – which is under the Office of the President and Cabinet – were disbursed and used. Receiving reports alone will not give a complete picture of the whole situation.”

HRDC also stated that some top government officials believed to be from State House and Office of the President are threatening the Malawi Energy Revenue Authority (MERA) to award oil contracts to two suppliers for them to share the proceeds.

“We have information that high profile government authorities are allegedly threatening MERA and NOCMA (National Oil Company of Malawi) officials to award a contract to their preferred suppliers (two) whose cost will be USD 50 million more,” reads the statement.

HRDC has since demanded the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ABC) to quickly move in and stop the un-procedural award to these two companies.

There was no immediate comment from Tonse Alliance members on the statement that has been as the first scathing one on the current administration.

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mcp ziphwisi
mcp ziphwisi
5 months ago

ife tonse boma. Ife tonse ziphwisi msambidwe wa chipani cha imfa ndi bodza Malawi congress party . Olo atasamba perfume wa ten million still smells like chiphwisi. A leopard doesn’t change color

Frank
Frank
5 months ago

Atupele Muluzi anakambapo kale za utsogokeri ophunzira….see now, we have all been fooled by these two idiots

Mikoko
5 months ago

I once said: MCP is busy kuzozedwa matope ndi chilima. Lero ndiizo you are failing to implement chilima’s childish manifesto. You are failing to create 1 million jobs; K15 000 stipend for our grannies ikukanikanso; free water and electricity connections kuli ziii; K14000 passport kuli ziiiiiiiiii; non renewable driving license kuli ziiiiiiiiii; bullet trains kuli ziiiiiiiiii; medical schemes and soft loans for civil servants kuli ziiiiiiiiii; infrastructure development kuli ziiiiiiiiii, not even a single bridge has been constructed. Misewu ndima project omwe APM anasiya near completion mwaimitsanso. Mia ndiuyo mwamuphayo the way you killed Jumani. Kodi iwe chilima sumachita manyazi… Read more »

ifetonseboma
ifetonseboma
5 months ago
Reply to  Mikoko

MCP Chipani cha imfa

Don Jnr
Don Jnr
5 months ago

HRDC should begin to demonstrate outside the offices of corrupt politicians and their homes. Time for HRC to gear up for peaceful demos and campaign to free Malawi of corrupt politicians and the corrupt businesses. We need dedicated HRDC leaders who are not bribed by being made Ministers. Time to wake up – Kwacha!!!

Aleck Jaziel Mnandi
Aleck Jaziel Mnandi
5 months ago

Give the guys time but remind them the way you are doing so as for them not to lose direction… it’s highly good to keep them in the lane…sort of putting blinkers on them

Yesterday
Yesterday
5 months ago

Time to do what/ To steal some more? Its not politics but what we Malawians deserve.

Limma
Limma
5 months ago

Talks with no bite. I voted for this government but I can now say it was more for lack of better options.

What are you waiting for?

Tribalism and familylism has played out right in front of our eyes.

Having seen what I have from this Tonse government, which is so not tonse at all, is the fact that our politicians are the same. Malawians, we are on our own.

Tonse is Rotten
Tonse is Rotten
5 months ago

Chihana the leader of Aford is neck deep in corrupt deals. Taget individual leaders who are corrupt. Chihana is the Rasputin of Malawi

Failed State
Failed State
5 months ago

Talk- Talk Chakwera, Chakwera is far, far more corrupt and incompetent than Bakili, Bingu, JB, APM put together. Always a fish rots from head down. MCP is rotten head down. At this rate, by the time we get to the next election Malawi will be a failed state.
Sadly Chakwera things he has a God given right to be as incompetent and corrupt as he likes. The rot has to be stopped. HRDC we look to you, free Malawi please from the corruption and misrule.

Last edited 5 months ago by Failed State
Khima
Khima
5 months ago

Tonse are Liars….

Assange
5 months ago

These stupid promises were made by Chilima and his UTM. He forced them to be part of alliance. Where on earth can you create one million jobs within one year. Opusa ankamvera za Chilima. Passport K14,000? Yakuti? He mentioned nothing about building roads, hospitals, etc. A Chakwera ingopangani zoti zithandize Malawi basi. Schools, good roads, etc will obviously create jobs but not up to one million.

Pansi Pansi Tonse
Pansi Pansi Tonse
5 months ago
Reply to  Assange

Never mind Tonse is an alliance and Talk Talk Chakwera is as much responsible for the corruption and failure as Chilima is. Support HRDC.
Request to HRDC please provide Malawians abroad with your bank details so that Malawians can donate to keep up the right.

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