United Democratic Front (UDF) has cautioned against civil society for agitating for the forced resignation of President Peter Mutharika, saying this is not a solution to the economic woes in Malawi.
Ken Ndanga, UDF pubicist says the resignation of the President would simply create unnecessary anxiety.
“The civil society must avoid giving ultimatum which may give pressure to themselves in the end,” says Ndanga.
Civil society groups are up in arms against the President, asking him to step down because of what they claim poor governance and poor economic performance among others.
Ndanga says governments should engage the civil society when there is need and not to fight, saying they must been seen to be partners in development and not adversaries.
The UDF spokesman says as much as it is appreciated that a vibrant civil society is a backbone of any democracy, CSO leaders have no monopoly of wisdom and must not think all what they say is the right thing to do.
“It an open secret that Malawi is sailing through troubled waters. Public service delivery is in disarray and we all know the reasons. The IMF program is off track and it is not good news to our economy because it erodes the confidence of development partners as well as that of potential investors,” says Ndanga.
He says this is a time every Malawian must play a role in rescuing the economy.
“To suggest that the State President must resign is surely an emotional statement which is far from being a solution to our problems,” he says.
The CSOs have planned a peaceful demonstration to put pressure on Mutharika to quit his job.