Leader of political movement Transformation Alliance (TA) Moses Kunkuyu has said Malawi might find itself travelling on this rough road if President Peter Mutharika and his government ignores the wishes of the people on the electoral reforms bill as citizens may be compelled to effect a bloodless correction to restore democracy.
He said what happened with Zimbabwe Army is a lesson to other African President and Malawi in particular and this must be a wakeup call to all African Union (AU) and SADC Presidents.
“The TA leadership has a strong conviction that President Mutharika and the Malawi Government will tread carefully with this very contentious [electoral reforms] bill,” Kunkuyu said.
“We wonder why the government is reluctant tabling a bill that among other very important reforms seeks to ensure that presidents winning elections should get 51% of the votes.”
Kunkuyu said plans by religious leaders in Malawi to hold protests on Tuesday 21st November is clear sign the government is failing to respect the wishes of the people.
“We call on President Peter Mutharika and his government to respect the wishes of Malawians and act quickly on these growing demands to avert the disastrous results of advancing executive arrogance on matters that progressively reshape the hard won democracy,” he said.
Kunkuyu has since advised African Leaders to change their style of leadership and begin to respect the views and demands of their citizens in their respective countries.
According to Kunkuyu, African leaders get so much intoxicated with the democratically given power through an electoral vote.
“They go deaf and decide to hear what pleases them and their cronies in dire quest to continue enriching themselves. Today, Zimbabweans are agitating for change after the military take over. They look tired with 93 year old Mugabe’s style of leadership that generally trodden on the very fundamental principles of democracy.” said Kunkuyu through a statement made available to Nyasa Times.
He also said the same in his speech when he presided over a meeting of Young Africans in North London under the banner of Africa Renaissance Council.
His speech was also hailed by Dr. Maxwell Shumba who is Chairman of the African Renaissance Council (ARC) as well as Mr. Kimberley Bhebhe, a UK based Zimbabwean Political Activist .
He further wondered why for whatever reasons, the SADC and Afeican Union (AU) leaders kept silent when it was clear cases of human rights violations were so prominent in Zimbabwe.
“This rightly defines the clear hypocrisy and double standards being advanced by leaders of these blocks. The current situation has woken them from deep slumber now seemingly siding with the embattled Mugabe. We believe constitutional provisions will have to be observed and respected during these hard and tempting times,” he noted.
However, the TA Leader observed that though Mugabe has been a true son of Africa with strong passion and spirit to ensure that the continent becomes fully independent of some unwelcome Western influence.
“He has been so blunt with the west on this; a thing most leaders are too coward to say; subjecting their countries to some retrogressive policies and conditions that leave us slaves still. But as a political movement, TA believes our leaders are progressively examining events in Zimbabwe in relation to their styles of leadership in their respective countries,” he said.
Kunkuyu added that: “We value the power of the people in getting rid of the people they entrusted with power but later became untouchables and all knowing with no room for views of dissent. Use of intimidation, torture and threats towards the opposition and other government critics have not worked forever in Democratic societies”.
He said it becomes very difficult to cope up with when the citizens gangs up to demand back their rights and force down irresponsible governments and leaders.
“We warn of this fully aware that most of our African leaders are still arrogant, intolerant and undemocratic. They ignore voices of reason at the expense of national issues with a serious bearing on the majority poor” he said.
“These leaders should know they cannot be shrewd and clever forever. Hopefully, Comrade Mugabe never imagined he would be under house arrest with some citizens absorbed in celebrations with the current state of affairs,”Kunkuyu said.
Meanwhile, Kunkuyu has called upon African Youths to stand up and fight for their rights.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :