CMC Executive Director Phillip Kamangirah bites Chakwera hard

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s civil rights group Centre for Mindset Change (CMC) is strongly depressed by the level of Political and Leadership malnutrition, state impunity, deceitfulness, executive arrogance and indecisiveness that is demonstrated by the Tonse Alliance under the Leadership of President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.

The grouping has challenged President Chakwera to prove his servant leadership notion on MK6.2 billion Covid-19 funds abuses, State House with Crossroads Hotel gate.

In a press statement made available to The Maravi Post dated April 6, 2021 and signed by CMC Executive Director Phillip Kamangirah observes that “Malawians are beginning to ask tough questions – are our aspirations within the political spheres of the current leaders? Are we the focus of attention on matters of the country or consolidation of power is all that matters?”

Below is CMC full statement:

STATE IMPUNITY, EXECUTIVE ARROGANCE AND INDECISIVENESS IS A DEMONSTRATION OF FAILED AND MALNOURISHED LEADERSHIP


Worrying signals are coming in. It would appear that Malawi is on the cross roads. The steps that we were
cherishing to have taken forward are apparently in the reverse gear.

Just as early as now, we Malawians are beginning to ask tough questions – are our aspirations within the political spheres of the current leaders? Are we the focus of attention on matters of the country or consolidation of power is all that matters?

Centre for Mindset Change (CMC) is strongly depressed by the level of Political and Leadership
malnutrition, state impunity, deceitfulness, executive arrogance and indecisiveness that is demonstrated
by the Tonse Alliance under the Leadership of President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.

We are disturbed with behavior of the current administration on how sheer conceitedly it has become. The Tonse administration under President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera is running the country with spurious features. This is sad for our
hard grossed democracy.

LEADERSHIP CARELESSNESS ON COVID 19 AND CONTINUED FAILURE TO RESOLVE
THE DIFFERENCES WITH TUM

We continue to be in disbelief that our leaders are prioritizing politics instead of human life. We regret to
see how the COVID 19 issue between government and teachers is failing to die.

Our children are suffering as they cannot enjoy their right to education any more. Is it because those children that are
suffering from this trauma are those from poor families? Is it because you are on the What if your children were victims of this situation, could you have left this matter unresolved until now?

We call upon our leaders to take a bold decision in granting back to our children their right to education through responsible means to resolving their differences with Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) within 48 hours and that our children should go back to school.

CORRUPTION AND STATE IMPUNITY

We are baffled with the recent development on the abuse of the MK6.2 Billion Covid funds that were recklessly and insensitively mismanaged within the last 6 months. It was pleasing to note that President Dr. Chakwera promised Malawians that his administration will do everything possible to recover this money and bring the perpetrators of this theft to book. Alas: all he is doing is rubber-stamping the people of Malawi in his actions so that we may feel something is happening. To the contrary, this money is failing to be accounted for.

The given period for reports submission is expired, what is the President doing? All we have seen is the suspension of District Commissioners and other few Civil Servants from DODMA. What about Cabinet Ministers that are directly involved in the stealing of MK6.2 billion? Mr. President, good speeches are not good enough to fight corruption. American English is not the license for good leadership. We need leaders who can deliver.

CONTINUED POLITICAL PERSECUTION

You promised unity, yet the country is more divided than before. You promised justice for all, today its selective justice. The Tonse administration has become a failure at birth. This is hypocrisy. We continue to register our disappointment in the manner the former Head of State Peter Mutharika continues to be politically harassed and persecuted through government institutions like ACB, Courts and the media. Mutharika deserves the dignity that we all require. We are aware of the Preservation Order in which over 20 senior members of the DPP are targeted.

Our memories are very fresh that this is exactly what happened during Kamuzu era.People’s property was confiscated, later they were detained and finally killed. This is exactly what this administration intend to be doing. We cannot watch this happening in our time. We cannot afford to see this happening in this democratic dispensation. Give people their freedom.

Do not use political differences to punish others. Free Mutharika and others from this persecution. It is hypocrisy of the highest order revealed by Tonse Alliance Government under the leadership of Dr. Lazarus Chakwera when they choose to deafer all what they promised during campaign and instead opted for lying. This is running the country with bogus characteristics.

INABILITY, INDECISIVENESS AND TRIBALISM

Revelations on failing to institute Cabinet after informing Malawians on the same a few days ago simply demonstrates the inability to make decisions on the part of the President. The excuses given are not just childish in nature; they also entail the demonstration of malnourished leadership that is amidst us. The finger pointing and criss-crossing from the Office of the President to that of the Vice President, is naturally awkward and can never be taken seriously.

President Dr. Chakwera has in many occasions failed to make decisions. One good example is that appointment of Chancellor Kaferapanjira as Presidential advisor and at the same time serving as the CEO for Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

It is further believed that most of the people appointed in his cabinet are from one region. Is this not tribalism? Did you not previously stand on moral ground condemning your predecessor? What is wrong with your administration so that you practiced what you strongly condemned?

OUR CALL TO ACTION

The President should tell MALAWIANS who are the people involved in corruption saga in the MK6.2 Billion and at State House with Crossroads Hotel and allow ACB to investigate them President Chakwera should fire his Chancellor Kaferapanjira with immediate effect Free Mutharika from Political persecution Above all, President Chakwera and his administration should start fulfilling their promises to Malawians.

CONCLUSION
In our unrelenting struggle to protect the Constitution and the people of Malawi, we shall stand and continue defending our democracy unconditionally without being intimidated in any way by any political grouping, and that we shall galvanize our efforts until sanity, peace as well as stability returns and restored in our beloved country.


Signed by Philip Kamangirah, CMC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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