By Vincent Gunde

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-The Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI] has asked President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera to reduce his salary per month from MK10 million to MK5 million that he should walk the talk on sharing the pain with Malawians in these difficulties times.

The CDEDI has challenged President Chakwera to reduce his cabinet from 32 to 20 members, chop off the long list of his village advisors from 22 to 5.

Chakwera has also asked learn to delegating responsibilities to Vice President, Saulosi Klaus Chilima saying in this way, this will prevent him from running a wasteful government.

The organization has reminded the President that Malawians have literally crossed over into 2022 under the yoke of economic bondage due to the sky-rocketing cost of living courtesy of the punitive taxes, levies, charges, internet rates, and tariffs imposed on essential services and commodities such as fuel, cooking oil, water, electricity, among others.

In a Happy New Year’s statement to all Malawians signed by its Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa, CDEDI has warn the Tonse Alliance government that all decisions made in relation to COVID-19 must be based on genuine science, no copy and paste policies.

The CDEDI has ruled out no forced vaccination programme saying vaccinating young people as announced by government due to start this January, 2022, is a waste of time, energy and beats common sense since it hasn’t been proven yet that children are vulnerable to COVID-19.

The organization has advised government to desist from implementing unnecessary lock-downs which are hurting the economy saying government’s senseless actions regarding COVID-19 will end up killing more people than the pandemic itself, asking Malawians to learn to live with C0VID-19 and not neglect other serious diseases deserving the country’s utmost attention.

“We are assuring Malawians that we will not relent in pursuing for a vibrant democracy where the citizenry from the village should be able to hold decision makers responsible, accountable, and liable for all their actions and failures.” reads the statement in part.

The CDEDI also reminded Chakwera and his Tonse Alliance government that Malawians expect nothing but a government that is open, transparent and accountable saying the power of the people is greater than the people in power.

The organization has finally challenged Malawians to be vigilant in their defence of the country’s hard-earned democracy that brought rights and freedoms people are enjoying currently.

The grouping also reminding President Chakwera that it will not shy away or get tired reminding him to fix the country and deliver in all his attractive campaign promises he made.

CDEDI has again reminded President Lazarus Chakwera that it still in possession of a clip where he promised to resign if he fail to fix the country.

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