HRDC to meet President Laz over Malawi cabinet criticism

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says it will be meeting President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera to discuss issues bordering on the cabinet list released Wednesday night.

HRDC members addressing the press
Trapence: We will give President the public feedback

HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence has told journalists in Lilongwe that they have received concerns from Malawians decrying the appointment of members of the same family and alleged failure to adhere to the Tonse Philosophy the alliance has been preaching.

 

He said they have resolved to engage the President first before taking further action because they believe in dialogue.

Trapence has confirmed to Nyasa Times that the President’s office has already given them a nod.

“We have not slept last night because we have been receiving phones calls from all corners of the country as people expressed their misgivings with the composition of the Cabinet.

“As HRDC, we are prepared to continue our mandate of serving Malawians by holding the duty-bearers accountable. Hence, we wish to assure them that we will engage the President [Chakwera] at 1pm this afternoon to present their grievances,” said Trapence.

He added that the coalition will provide feedback to the public whatever response the President will give.

The HRDC national coordinator Luke Tembo disclosed that the concerns are coming from all directions, including senior members of the Tonse Alliance.

However, Tembo was quick to clarify that those expressing misgivings are not doing it out of anger that they have been left out of the Cabinet.

“I know Malawians know us for organizing demonstrations. Yes, going to the streets to demonstrate is one of the options we have, but we have chosen to engage the President [Chakwera] first. The major concern is that the Cabinet Chakwera has appointed goes against the Tonse philosophy,” he said.

Another executive member of the coalition, Ali Mwachande, vowed that they will not allow the new administration to slide the country back to the era of nepotism, regionalism, cronyism and regionalism, which cost the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) power in the just-ended fresh presidential election.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) acting executive director Sylvester Namiwa has urged President Chakwera to desist from executing an appeasement policy.

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fresa
fresa
2 months ago

we are tired with demonstrations, don’t judge them fast let’s wait and see ndi cabinet yawoyo ngat committee yaukwati.

achalume
achalume
2 months ago

boma only 2 weeks, already ma demo on the cards. walking the talk is not easy. kkkkkkkk

Kambewa Chisale
2 months ago

Foseki
When some families were complaining you were drinking kachasu and you expect to be a cabinet minister

Undi
Undi
2 months ago

People were promised CHANGE. The mediocre cabinet if nepotism, cronyism and regionalism is NOT CHANGE. People had their business destroyed because of foolish Chakwera and Chilima. People were harassed and beated and killed apparently because TONSE was bringing change. Is this CHANGE?

THE APOSTLE OF THE TRUTH

By appointing Rashy Gaffar, a well known business crook, its a state capture. Rashy pumped in alot of money in Tonse Alliance and he was the only Funder so he has Tonse Alliance government in his pocket. All our minerals are going to Dubai and India for free without Taxes through Rashy Businesses. Malawians you are doomed as a nation

Libra
Libra
2 months ago

Even i, as a tonse staunch supporter disagree with this appoimappointment …

Banda
Banda
2 months ago

Did HRDC talk to Mutharika? Why are they talking to Chakwera? Stupid compromised fools.

Kambewa Chisale
2 months ago
Reply to  Banda

Foseki
With APM munapindda mchira now tukumu Tukumu foseki

Nkhwirimuro
Nkhwirimuro
2 months ago

Let’s wait for HRDC’s feedback this evening

khumhro
khumhro
2 months ago

Dr Chakwera and Dr Chilima; take Nundwe on board as Defense Minister.

First lady wawo
First lady wawo
2 months ago

HRDC balls have dropped off. very low testosterone

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
2 months ago

Vuto laboma losonkhelana.

WANGA
WANGA
2 months ago

AM REMINDED OF LATE 2 PACK

“SOME THINGS WILL NEVER CHANGE”

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