CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s civil rights body Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has challenged Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera to to publicly denounce spate of violence, anarchy and lawlessness currently escalating.

The grouping observes that Malawi is slowly degenerating into a state of anarchy which needs to be checked before incidences broke further.

In a press statement released on Monday, October 19, 2020 and made available to The Maravi Post, CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa cited two incidences including; “In Lilongwe, irate Area 44 residents razed down property worth millions of Kwachas belonging to Kumbali Lodge, which is just a stone’s throw away from the Kamuzu Palace; while in Dedza, people from Fumbwa village Traditional Authority Tambala took the law into their own hands and brutally stoned an old woman to death, accusing her of being a witch”.

Namiwa reminded President Chakwera to realize that the increase in cases of mob justice is a pointer and an indication of a hopeless and lawless society, a development that can easily scare away both existing and prospective investors as it smacks a breakdown in security.


“The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) and
indeed all peace-loving Malawians woke up to some very shocking news on
Sunday morning, 18th October 2020 when social media platforms were awash
with pictures depicting two ugly scenes in Lilongwe and Dedza.

“While condemning the two incidences in strongest terms, CDEDI is challenging
President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera to publicly denounce these regrettable
incidences as soon as it is practical for him to do so”.


He added, “CDEDI has noted with concern that of late, some Malawians have resorted to taking the law into their own hands by administering mob justice, hence the need for the Malawi leader to rise to the occasion and warn the perpetrators of such acts and indeed all the citizens of this country, that Malawi has existing laws that are in effect, and that such laws do not give room for mob justice.


“President Chakwera should realize that the increase in cases of mob justice is a
pointer and an indication of a hopeless and lawless society, a development that
can easily scare away both existing and prospective investors as it smacks a
breakdown in security”.

Namiwa says, “This is bad for a country like Malawi where its leadership promised to turn around the economic fortunes by among other things, creating the much touted 1 million jobs.


“CDEDI is appealing to the authorities to move in with speed and address the
sporadic conflicts, specifically on land ownership which are increasing on each
passing day.”

CDEDI is further reminding young people that growing old is not a crime as
these elderly people we see today, were at some point young people like us,
hence the need to immediately stop associating old age with witchcraft.


“It is against this background that CDEDI reiterates its earlier stand that no
matter how provocative the situation might prove to be, mob justice is not, and
should never be a solution. Simply put, mob justice and violent means of
resolving conflicts do not have space in a modern-day Malawi.

“Meanwhile, CDEDI is appealing to the Civil Society, the media the religious and
traditional leaders, and all other influential figures in our society to join hands
with government, specifically the Ministry of Civic Education and National
Unity, in sensitizing communities to desist from this unbecoming growing
tendency of mob justice,” urges Namiwa.

National police spokesperson James Kadadzera however assured the nation of arresting anyone involved in the lawlessness in the country.

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