Mutharika urged to listen to ‘voice of dissent’: Malawi paper comments on President’s snub of CSOs

President Peter Mutharika has been advised   to “tread carefully” on the ultimatum given by civil society organisations (CSOs) l who presented a petition to his office on September 21 after anti-government protest in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba cities.

Mutharika : CSOs failed to honour dialogue

A leading daily newspaper, The Nation, in an extended coverage of its front-page story on political commentators who have warned Mutharika to positively engage CSOs as they represent Malawians, carried an editorial comment urging the President to embrace all Malawians and “listening to voice of dissent”, including that of CSOs.

In their report, the paper reported the reaction of political commentators on President’s attack on the CSOs following their demonstrations.

And in an editorial comment, the daily pointed out  that  peaceful demonstrations are not about the numbers and said it has an impression that the Head of State is being “ill advised” if his disregard for CSOs is  anything to go by.

“We expect the President to rise above petty partisan politics and play the father figure by accommodating views from all and sundry. After all, the President, a professor of international law, swore to defend and protect the Constitution. Freedom of association and rights to freely assemble are contained in the very Constitution,” reads the editorial comment in part.

The paper concurred with comments it quoted social and political commentator Humphrey Mvula that Mutharika’s negative attitude was giving his political rivals “fodder” for the election campaign which would complicate matters for the President in next year’s elections.

Mvula was quoted saying President Mutharika’s thinking is” very misplaced”, he needs to be held accountable and the CSOs are just simply doing their work.

The paper agrees and noted that President Mutharika risks being “bruised and wounded” towards the election.

“This does not  augur well for a President who has face a turbulent four years in office and  a break away party [UTM] from within  his governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP),” reads the editorial.

Among the political commentators it quoted were Rafiq Hajat, who said the President should appreciate that CSOs “play a complementary role and they should be considered as partners.”

On his part, University of Livingstonia political analyst George Phiri said Mutharika should objectively address the issues raised by the CSOs and that “his negative attitude cannot help the country.”

Meanwhile, the CSOs, which operate under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Forum (HRDF), have since written the President to follow up on their issues following the expiry of the period stated in their petition.

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Munthu pakufa amayamba kugontha. Saamva. This goes for Mutharika. Elsewhere demos are one way of getting feedback. Too much aversion for demos means government is hiding something.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Statements like “kunali anthu 90 basi” can as well be interpreted that DPP wanted demos to be chaotic so that the police should kill people the way they mercilessly butchered 20 people in July 2011 in Mzuzu.

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

A Pedegu Boma lake liti lomwe limafuna dialogue a Bamusi ndi gulu lawo a china Mtaba anangokumana kamodzi kungochita set date ndi agenda sanalephera kukumana kachiwiri ndi PAC mpaka lero. Nanu Mjomba mukuti ma CSO’s sapereka nzeru koma kutsutsa basi, kodi akati ndalama zomwe anatenga APM ku Pioneer Investment abwenze chifukwa ndalamayo njakatangala a APM nkubwenza simalangizo amenewa?

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Peter Mutharika and many a politicians need to take a leaf from our old credible village chiefs (I discount chiefs of today who practice partisan politics). They have well-intended advisors and are always servants to their subjects/people. It is sad that Mr President, you have chosen to be arrogant and dismiss the very people who elected you into office albeit only 37%. As a leader, you seriously need to be humble and accountable to the people. Listen to the voices of the people which are coming through via CSOs. More still, please account to the maker who would have been… Read more »

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Very biased reporting. A few weeks ago the CSOs snubbed government but no one condemned the opposition sponsored CSOs. What nonsense writing is this. Kagwereni!!!!

Duduzane
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Peter ndi ndani out azitizunza ife. More over the majority didn’t want him to rule the country. If he didn’t steal the votes he was supposed to be an ordinary professor like others

Tulo
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Tulo

CSO activists are like politicians – they enrich themselves by pretending to speak for the people. They justify their actions by claiming they speak and work for the voiceless. The last time I checked I found that all CSO activists are pocketing money from donors and instead of helping the poor and voiceless, they are building big mansions, buying luxury cars, sending their children to expensive schools etc.

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Gold digger

I am also a bona fide Malawian who has never met Mutharika and I did not vote for him. My dreams and aspirations as a bona fide citizen are not being met by APM and his DPP administration. I believe to be in the same boat with millions of Malawians not being represented by Mutharika and his government. I recommend that when we speak he should listen rather that pushing as to the streets. Uphold the constitution!!

Gerry
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Gerry

Mvula and che Munthali…..Agalu aa Tumbuka

Telon
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Inu a nzeru a Chilomwe.

Pedegu
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Who are you ? in the society to make such analysis.To hell with your masters Malawians believe in contact and dialogue than this Useless Demos

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