Malawi corruption at worrisome levels: CSOs report Mutharika to regional body

Civil society organisations (CSOs) – Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Center for Development of People (Cedep) –  have reported  Malawi’s corruption  and ‘state capture’ to the Aftican Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR).

Mtambo: Reports Malawi worsening corruption to African body

The CSOs made their submission to the 63rd Ordinary Session of of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights in Banjul, the Ghambia.

“Corruption and abuse of public resources in Malawi has reached historical and worrisome levels  in our beloved country. Everyday our media is greeted wth sad reports of serioys and organised corruption involving senior government  officials,” reads  a presentation made  available to Nyasa Times.

They have also included President Peter Mutharika’s alleged involvement in the worsening corruption at the session which is being attended by Malawi Government trhough Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs chief State advocate Pacharo Kayira.

The presentation said the recent report from Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) “implicating the President [Mutharika]” is even more disturbing.”

CHRR executive director  Timothy Mtambo has said the CSO’s role in the fight against corruption and other human rights issues in Malawi has become a dangerous scheme as activist speaking against the vice have received death threats.

He said this as a matter of concern over the ‘shrinking political and civic space in Malawi’.

“The fight against corruption has become a dangerous scheme to the extent that civil society leaders  championing the fight against corruption have been receiving death threats,” said Mtambo.

He went further to narrate to the conference the recent August 30 2018 attack at CHRR offices in Lilongwe where unknown thugs wanted to attack him .

Since Mtambo was not at the office during the attack, the thugs ended up heavily injuring a security guard and threw a petrol bomb around the office premises.

Meanwhile, Mtambo has asked Malawi government to review the drafted NGO Policy so that it should be in line with the international best practices of NGO Policies and Laws.

“As I speak, there is drafted NGO policy which has repressive provisions and if adopted and passed as it is will have a negative impact on the operation of NGOs and activists in the country”

“We further appeal to Malawi government to review the draft NGO policy so that it is inline with international best practices of NGO policies and laws,” he added.

According to Mtambo, in a democracy NGO policies and laws should aim at strengthening NGOs and expanding the Civic space rather than the opposite as it is happening now.

He further urged Malawi government to depoliticize the state governance institutions such as MACRA, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Malawi NGO Board and Anti-corruption Bureau which he said have been used as vehicles to stifle the civil and political space.

“Public institutions such as the Malawi  Communications Regulatory Authority(MACRA) have time and again been used to silence political and human rights activists as well as media houses that have vigilantly  reported on corruption” he said.

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Am sure some of these reportings cannot or won’t be taken seriously sometime ….there is no day,hour or moment when Mysmbo or whoever is with him on this ever said something positive about Mutharika or DPP….analiponso Ena mmbuyomu who took personal hatred for DPP or the Mutharikas on national issues but they nay gained any milage….a Mtambo when doing your reportings bear in mind that there are also independent international observers on the ground who are on daily basis observing and evaluating similar issues you are purporting in your reports….they too do report to their origins….mukakaoneka kuti zanu ndiza personal… Read more »

DZK
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mtambo well done, those who are blaming mtambo,dzitsiru dza anthu

Zuka
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Zuka

Useless CSOs. You are very corrupt yourselves. You get money from donors pretending to be helping Malawians and then use that money to enrich yourselves. How different is that from politicians. Mukagwere.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

I don’t understand the CSOs strategy. Why report Peter’s indiscretion to a regional body which in itself is corrupt. Please spend your hard earned funds on voter registration and target the youths and women to vote in numbers. Its the only way smart way you can sway the vote and usher in credible leaders. Be smart in the way you approach things. demonstrations the courts are a waste of your time and resources. Influence Malawi politics via the ballot. Mobilise lie-minded voters to go vote come may 2019. At the rate the CSOs are going, the nation will declare war… Read more »

psyuta
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psyuta

Mtambo ndi wobowa ngati chilonda cha pa thako !!!!

Bingu wa Mutharika
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Bingu wa Mutharika

Whether Mtambo likes it or not, APM kuwinanso 2019 ino

Adada maluwa
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Who ever will rule this nation, I will be part of him except “CHAKWERA” I hate him because of babyish politics, and mind you into these “MTAMBOS”; You are sowing a seed that you will not manage to uproot at the end of it

Central
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Central

You’ve made my day Timothy!!

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

If CSO’s wont report the corruption in DPP’s Govt means they are part of it same what Chilima is doing revealing the rot so who so euer covers nyansi is part of nyansi. Ndiye inu mukuti Mtambo ndi mfiti, mfitizo ndi inu coz muli mbali ya mbava.

pedegu
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pedegu

Mtambo, YOU are fighting a loosing battle my friend no matter what you can do you are doing so at your own peril.

LEGO
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WHY?

mkhonde mwenecho
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mkhonde mwenecho

Mtambo alone cannot fight this monster so called corruption let’s not blame mtambo or anybody who reveals the malpractice in the government. We should render our support and get united to fight this evil spirit that is spreading a cross the country at the expense of the poor who pay tax every month.

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