Malawi govt trashes CSOs April 27 petition with comprehensive response

Malawi government has finally responded to the petition which civil society organisations (CSOs) who led the April 27 civil nationwide protests presented, trashing allegations that the President Peter Mutharika led government is an illegitimate administration.

Muhara: Releases detailed response to CSOs petition

The response, from Chief Secretary to government Lloyd Muhara, said a Special Taskforce comprising senior government officials was mandayed to oversee the process to come up with the detaled  response.

He said government;s response document has been presentedto leaders of the April 27  demonstrtaions, Timothy Mtambo as chairperson  with a copy to Gift Trapence of the  Human Rights Defenders Coalition.  Nyasa Times and other media outlets have also been shared the copy.

In the response, government rejects innuendos in the CSOs petition that suggest that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led administration illegitimate are ill-informed and irresponsible.

“The current administration is a product of a legitimate election process as provided in the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi. SAs such, the legitimacy of this Government cannot be called into question,” the response reads in part.

There were different timeframes given on different issues but, overall, the CSOs gave Mutharika a 90-day ultimatum to address all the challenges in the 10-point petition, which will expire on August 28 2018.

On the demands for the government to act on the alleged K263 million cashgate, the Office of President and Cabinet statement says that the issue is being handled by the Anti-Corruption Bureau, therefore, government cannot interfere with the work of the graft busting body.

On demands for cancellation of the K4 billion payout to legislators,  resignations or dismissal of Cabinet ministers Goodall Gondwe (Finance, Economic Planning and Development) and Kondwani Nankhumwa (Local Government and Rural Development) over their role in the payout, the OPC refers the CSOs to the Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya as the contentious issues of the payment of K4 Billion was approved by parliament.

“The government does not interfere in the work of Parliament,” says the statement in part.

However, government acknowledged challenges in the energy, health and water sectors as well as concerns of bias at the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) and taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).

On the demand to speed up the investigation on the death of ACB official Issah Njauju, the OPC says the investigations are still going on.

It says government has “enlisted the assistance of its cooperating partners” like Britain which has offered its expertise to assist in   carrying out investigations to find Njauju’s assailants.

On the ultimatum for re-tabling and passing of Electoral Reforms Bills which the legislators shot down in parliament, the government says it does not expect the CSOs to think that the government can just take recommendations from the Malawi Law Commission “wholesale” without scrutinising them.

“This would run contrary to our constitutional framework,” it says.

In their petition, the CSOs also raised concern over the continued power outages and in response, Muhara said government is working to manage the situation through unbundling of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), reconstruction of the Liwonde Barrage and rehabilitation of Tedzani 3 Hydro Power Station.

On security guarantees for persons with albinism, he said government has put in place measures to facilitate easy access to justice for the victims.

One of the CSO leaders Timothy Mtambo said the activists will give their response after going through the responses.

The government responded to the petition after the CSOs made fresh threats for other peaceful protests.

On the issue of the Police Inspector General (IG), the CSOs protested Rodney Jose’s appointment because of his alleged human rights violation record and despite his suspected role in the in the brutal death of a University of Malawi  student Robert Chasowa.

Jose replaced Lexten Kachama but the CSOs questioned the move after 2012 Commission of Enquiry Report findings implicated him as one of the suspects of the Chasowa murder.

The response said the appointment of Malawi Police chief is a constitutional process involving both the Executive and the Legislature, saying after President makes the appointment, there is inbuilt safeguard mechanism to ensure suitability of the appointee through Parliament which has a responsibility to scrutinise the proposed appointee and make a decision. Jose passed through this process before being confirmed.

Government said it remains committed to work with foreign experts so that investigations into the Chasowa matter are brought to a logical conclusion that is fair and transparent.

In the response, government has said it still remains committed to dialogue and upholding the democratic principles on which the country’s constitutional order is founded.

 

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santana
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santana

Do you have any word to add you CSOs? Kuchita zinthu mwa phuma komanso umbuli that is why you are losing in every move. Losing in everything?

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

DPP was given a chance to prove that they are capable of listening to those that “appointed” them and are able to transform for the benefit of the people The government should be aware by now that the people of Malawi are their bosses so can not afford to treat your own employer with disdain. The people of Malawi, as employers and masters, have the capacity to hire and fire the government. Until DPP and the government are clued up in terms of how politics works, it is bound to end in tears. Malawians by nature have so much patience… Read more »

Olira
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Mwawina. Tilibe mphamvu koma tidzawona.

7777777
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You are in power, you are the winners. Expect the same when we get our limited power in May next year, if it will be free and fair.

Manyozo
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Manyozo

what a comprehensive response……having read the responses, its a sign that the demands in the petition were not worthy national wide demonstrations but rather dialogue.

Amdala bambo
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Amdala bambo

A BIG CHANGE IS ON THE WAY TO COME IN MALAWI SURELY

pathfinder
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pathfinder

Stupid so called CSOs, headless chickens!

moses
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moses

Here Government arms,Executive and Lagistrature has failed us here.It seems these politician of these two arm are all the same because the apoointment of the IG went thru their hands even after being coutioned and the same with 4 billion.All this is happening while our leaders who we claim that they are of high intergrity and if given the mantle can transform malaw ipalibepo atsogoleri apa

muonosile
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muonosile

Abale, be advised ambiri mwa ma MP are from a teaching profession background, what do you expect from such people who have been grieved, ill treated through out their working life. They are therefore handclapers.

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
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Cognitive DIssonance Theory

The truth of the matter is that the 2014 election was “stolen”. All efforts to have a verification of ballot papers through recounting was rejected by DPP and as soon as the president was sworn in the MEC warehouse in Lilongwe was gutted by fire. This is the same technique the used at Capital Hill to destroy evidence in the Maizegate Scandal. So it is true that this government has no legitimacy. That is why Mbendera WEPT because he acted against his conscious to declared APM as a winner when he knew that there were many valid grounds to challenge… Read more »

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Cognitive DIssonance Theory

what has the government said on MBC?????????? My little tax contributes to what Filippo Business et al get as salaries at the end of every month so that I should feel insulted by their partisanship. I demand answers from this government or MACRA

NEPOTIST
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NEPOTIST

hahaha what a response! nde mutani Mr Mtambo? mukakuwaso kumseu? kkkk

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