PAC, opposition MCP endorse CSOs Sept 7 anti-Malawi govt demo

The  quasi-religious group Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has endorsed anti-government protests organised by  civil society organisations (CSOs) set for  September 7 2018.

Rev Chingota: Let Malawians express their feelings peacefully

Back on the streets September 7

PAC said after its board meeting held in Blantyre on Tuesday that  it supports the view to hold “peaceful demonstrations” when all local remedies to influence change have been exhausted.

The governance watchdog said should the nationwide demonstrations proceed  as planned , Malawians  should “exercise their rights [to demonstrate] peacefully.”

In a communiqué signed by the body’  chairperson and spokesman  Reverend Felix  Chingota and  Fr Peter Mulomole respectively  said holding peaceful demonstrations falls within people’s democratic rights and as such the body supports the arrangement.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo and his deputy Gift Trapence,   have said among the issues to be raised in the upcoming demonstration is government’s failure to address worsening corruption in the country.

“We have noted wanton abuse of statutory corporations as evidenced by theft of fuel worth K1.9 billion at Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi [Escom] under the watch of government. The development has paralysed the effectiveness and efficiency of the institution.

“Among the new demands we will be making is the call for Anti-Corruption Bureau director-general Reyneck Matemba’s resignation, immediate suspension of the con-tract for the supply of gensets and an immediate stop of nepotism in government appointments…”

Meanwhile, main opposition MCP has said it is encouraging its supporters to take back in the anti-government protests.

MCP secretary general Elsenhower Mkaka said the CSOs issues are “genuine”.

He said: “MCP is  committed to ending corruption, violence and impunity as such it will work and support any stakeholder who is committed to the same cause.”

Mkaka said MCP “endorses and supports the voice of reason from CSOs”.

MCP spokesman said their party supporters and all other Malawians  “who feek the pinch of this maladministration to turn up in large numbers.

HRDC has organised the protests after expressing reservations with the Executive’s response to its 10-point petition delivered during the April 27 2018 demonstrations. The grouping rated government’s response at 10 percent.

In the April 27 petition, the HRDC demanded that President Peter Mutharika should cancel the appointment of Rodney Jose as Inspector General of Police and wanted the Electoral Reforms Bills to be re-tabled in Parliament in their original form as recommended by the Law Commission.

They also demanded cancellation of the K4 billion payout to parliamentarians, resignations or firing of Cabinet ministers Goodall Gondwe (Finance and Economic Planning) and Kondwani Nakhumwa (Local Government and Rural Development) for their role in the payout, and for the Anti-Corruption Bureau to investigate the payout.

Government responded to the petition on July 19 2018 by refusing to give in to most of the CSOs’ demands.

On the CSOs’ demand for government to re-table in Parliament the Electoral Reforms Bills in their original forms, government, in its response said the demand undermined constitutional order and democratic system since various players take different roles in the legislative process.

Capital Hill also argued that it would be ‘absurd’ to expect Cabinet to adopt Law Commission recommendations wholesale and present them as government Bills to Parliament without scrutiny.

On the controversial K4 billion payout to legislators, Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Lloyd Muhara, who signed the response, rebuffed the CSOs’ request for government to cancel the fund, telling them to present their concerns to Speaker of the National Assembly because the money was duly approved by Parliament.

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Samuel
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Samuel

Empty tins. Afraid of facing the ballot paper. KKKKKK mwagwanayo. You are always failures.

Jamax
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Jamax

I knew this will come this is what PAC is here for DEMOS nothing else … they are like blood suckers all what they want is to see people fighting and being killed. I can not judge you but remember what GOD expects from you is not PEACE???? but why do you support idears that brings unrest among God’s People? Ok I know why you are doing this – All what you have decided is to please those who have given you MONEY and you have chosen to forsake God it is a SHAME!!!!!!!! Now listen if on the DEMONS… Read more »

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history

During cashgate nobody I mean no PAC member nor CSO whatever organized demos to ask JB to resign or return monies stolen from taxpayers in broad day light….when JB sold our Jet and gave us three versions of answers on the use of jet sale proceeds nobody I mean no Mulomole,no Chingota,no Mtambo or Trapence organized demos to force her resign or tell the truth on the real use of the money….please PAC and CSO do not show your open hatred for DPP and the Mutharika family…we know you are being paid to be doing this in the name of… Read more »

Inesondangodutsa
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Inesondangodutsa

Ndi ntchito za Atumbuka ndi MCP izi mbale osadanda. Dont forget zimenezo kuti udani ndi umeneumapangitsa DPP kudedwa

Dimingu
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Dimingu

Ukutanthauzanji ? msaiwale we are all Malawians

Vibrant Gogo
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My fellow Malawians, we need to be careful with this so called Reverend Chingota. Do you see any God fearing person in him? He is so crooked in all what he does. One wonders whether it was indeed his calling to be a Pastor or he just went there because that was the only easiest job for him to occupy. Realistically, do you people see any Pastry behavior in him???

manyozo
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manyozo

A failed coup to overthrow the government has thought it wise to take it by force after seeing circumstances aint moving in their favor. Still it will be a failed coup….After government responded you have not brought forward what you have not been answered rather categorize as 10% response. FOOLISH CSO

Albert
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Albert

time to walk in the the truth lets express our concerns

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

HIgh time these demos should be yielding results don’t just walk another empty one this govt is arrogant and self-centred.

Noxy
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Flaring tempers not now CSOs and PAC please tread well.

Mjomba
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Mjomba

This PAC is non other than another group of politicians disguising under various religions. where were these people during cashgate, jetgate, tractorgate?

Kamunthu Vibi
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This is good news. We all have democratic right to walk in the street in favour of what the CSOs are presenting but also to walk in the street in protest to what the CSOs are doing to bring chaos to our beloved Malawi. So let us go there and crash. The police also go there to do your job. Live bullets will be allowed to fire those that will venture into robbery. If one dies, we will all know that that is what we were expecting because the ones that will stay home will not be affected. So Malawians… Read more »

Vison
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Vison

I think you are not normal , you better go to Zomba Mental Hospital.

pathfinder
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pathfinder

kkkkkkkkkkk i like you buddy

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