Malawi NGOs want Mutharika expelled from international bodies

Civil Society Organisations in Malawi have engaged the international community to ensure that President Bingu wa Mutharika is either expelled or suspended from progressive international bodies such as the African Union, SADC, COMESA and the Commonwealth saying he has failed to run Malawi, Nyasa Times has established.

Government spokesperson Patricia Kaliati could immediately comment.

Malawi is scheduled to host a 53 member AU summit in June this year despite the fact that the country is experiencing its worst economic performance since independence from the British in 1964.

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The CSOs have not explicitly explained how they are going to achieve that but hinted that processes are at an advanced stage and cannot be reversed.

Church and Society Programme of the Livingstonia Synod Director Moses Mkandawire confirmed the CSO’s move during an exclusive interview on Tuesday claiming Malawians do not want these international bodies to protect dictators.

“The best solution for him is to humbly pack up and go to his Ndata Farm or leave the country so that Malawians give the mandate to someone,” Mkandawire said.

He said President Mutharika has lost peoples’ trust to govern this country as provided for in section 12 (1)(2)(3) of the Malawi constitution which gives any elected leader the political and legal mandate to govern Malawi.

“That authority can only be sustained within a given period, in the case of Malawi every five years, and based on trust. But if that trust is gone as is the case now, where is the President drawing that authority to govern?” he queried.

Mkandawire said the fact that President Mutharika has never accepted responsibility for the country’s woes and his government’s continued disregard for the rule of law means he is the problem and never part of the solution.

“President Mutharika is a threat to the sustenance of democracy and good governance in Malawi because he is running a paralysed government, has failed to protect Malawians and has failed to deliver,” Mkandawire said.

Malawi’s Judiciary support workers have been on strike since January this year demanding new approved perks. Since then the country’s court system ground to a halt and the country’s already congested Prisons continue to experience bloated populations thereby creating a health bomb.

“Who is going to respect the law when his government does not? Does the law only apply to pedestrians? In fact his government has abrogated the Malawi constitution,” Mkandawire said.

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