MCP-UTM alliance warn govt ‘don’t throw Malawi into anarchy’ over Covid-19

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its electoral partner, UTM, have warned government that will take the blame if Malawians take the law into their hands in protest against the proposed nationwide lockdown to prevent further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

UTM’s Chidanti Malunga and MCP’s Ezekiel Ching’oma

The MCP-UTM alliance and its partners argue that President Peter Mutharika is resisting to comply with the law on lockdown; hence, government must not expect citizens to respect the law when leaders are failing to lead by example.

A statement the alliance issued on Thursday and made available to Nyasa Times argues that any responsible lockdown must be preceded by material and financial support to those most adversely affected by restrictions on movement and disruptions to livelihood.

“Similarly, on April 8, a whole week before the lockdown order, Dr. Saulos Chilima (UTM leader)  outlined the various groups that need support to survive the lockdown. Sadly, neither warning was heeded, leaving Malawians from north to south with no choice, but rush to the streets to protest this glaring oversight.

“As we speak, the material and financial support to vulnerable and impoverished Malawians has still not been given. If any Malawians suffer hunger and loss of income due to a lockdown, it will be because the Mutharika administration refused to heed this advice,” reads a statement, which has been signed by MCP Secretary General Reverend Maurice Munthali and his UTM counterpart Dr Joseph Chidanti Malunga.

Munthali and Malunga say the MCP/UTM alliance and its partners were therefore not surprised that even the Malawi Law Society (MLS) faulted the government for failing to comply with the provisions of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act under which its declaration of disaster was made as well as for misapplying the provisions of the Public Health Act under which its lockdown rules were formulated.

They says the Mutharika administration’s incompetence in matters of the law has once again not only landed it in trouble with the courts, but has also put it in danger of violating the Constitution for any lockdown would involve the abrogation of people’s constitutional rights, including the right to freely and safely vote for a president of their choice in the fresh election to be held within the next 70 days as ordered by the Constitutional Court.

“The Constitution only allows such abrogation of rights in a State of Emergency during times of war and natural disaster, which means that for such abrogation of rights to apply to a State of Disaster, Parliament would have to first amend the Constitution or pass emergency legislation, which Government has not bothered to do, leaving the State open to lawsuits for acting ultra vires,” Munthali and Malunga say in the statement.

“If lawlessness and anarchy ensue in the land in the wake of this pandemic, it will be because the Mutharika Administration itself refused to comply with the law,” they warn.

The MCP/UTM Alliance further expresses dismay to learn that the Minister of Finance has written to commercial banks asking for a moratorium on loan repayments for parliamentarians, yet it did not extend the relief to nurses and doctors who ought to be exempted from income tax until this storm passes.

The two parties believe say it is these acts of neglect towards health workers that have caused them to stage sit-ins and suspend health services across the country.

“What government needs to do is simply act on their demands, not dismiss them as unreasonable. If any of our medical facilities and personnel are overrun by COVID-19 cases, it will be because the Mutharika administration refused to attend to their needs.

“Remarkably, only one of the measures was implemented, namely the closure of schools and restrictions on public gatherings. The rest have largely been ignored, beginning with the closure of our borders and all points of entry,” the statement further reads.

The opposition alliance observed that equally ignored is the provision and requirement of mandatory masks for everyone going outside their home and mandatory hand-washing at all facilities.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
0 0 vote
Article Rating

Sharing is caring!

Follow us in Twitter
24 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Citizen Number 1
Citizen Number 1
10 months ago

Ass licking cadets making noise as they know where their bread comes from and gets buttered!

Chingono
Chingono
10 months ago

Butch Of Loser Covid 19 Will Finish All Of You .

Chiombagaga
Chiombagaga
10 months ago

Malawi has never had opposition leaders so cruel as the current. These people do not care about the lives of people, all they care is for them to be voted into power. They are so desperate and hungry for power. Mbuzi za anthu, dead people do not vote please. After all, even if dead people were given opportunity to vote, Congress could remain in opposition forever as thousands of people who were mercilessly killed by Malawi Crocodile party could overwhelmingly deny them their valuable vote.

Kala
Kala
10 months ago

Utn mcu abodazaaaa

Flamingo
Flamingo
10 months ago

Pitani kwa kaliyeka

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
10 months ago

Stupid MCP and UTM. You have been say ing there is no COVID-19 in Malawi. Why are you making noise now? Go to help.

Kandulu
Kandulu
10 months ago

As I said before, APM is going to end up in Hague at International Crimal Court (ICC) for human rights violations. Let us wait and see if the Malawi Judiciary and Parliament is going to protect him when the ICC issues the arrest warrant for APM. He took an oath to protect the venerable and the poor in times like these. Anarchy is coming. We need a share of the K157 billion. We will soon all match to state house to demand our share. He has the money and he is refusing to help the poor during the lockdown, why?… Read more »

Dada
Dada
10 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

It is Chakwera and Chilima who will end up in the Hague together with the corrupt and incompetent judges.

Clinker
Clinker
10 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

Mumangomva za Hague. It’s Trapence that will go to the Hague. Akayamba kwa Bensouda

C Banda
C Banda
10 months ago

” … the Minister of Finance has written to commercial banks asking for a moratorium on loan repayments for parliamentarians … ”
.
Why the need for a moratorium on loan repayment? The salaries and benefits of the MPs are not being cut, or in any way affected by the Covid crisis.

Malume Chakwelagalu
Malume Chakwelagalu
10 months ago

MCP/UTM is a bunch of fools to have ever existed on this land…the Morons are power hungry and broke yo the last…they just think of clinching power at any cost…koma munyela GEDE

kaukonde
kaukonde
10 months ago

MCP/ UTM and the judiciary are conspirators. We know they have been going in townships mobilising people to protest against lockdown. The good thing about this pademic it does not select whether one is MCP, UTM<DPP or judge . It will strike anybody. So such stupid statement from this stupid alliance are useless.

shares
Read previous post:
Covid-19 patient accuses Malawi government of faking his illness

A suspected Covid-19 patient in Nkhotakota District has accused Malawi government through the Ministry of Health (MoH) of faking his...

Close