LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera has been told to apologize Malawians for fake promises that warranted his country’s leadership.
Protesters in the capital Lilongwe cited Chakwera’s Tonse government’s failure to buy necessary medical equipment during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic yet MK1 billion meant for the pandemic was left idle.
The demands are part of the petition presented to authorities following Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI)’s demonstration against punitive taxes
CDEDI has also petitioned Chakwera’s Tonse administration to scrape off the 16.5 percent VAT on cooking oil.
“President Chakwera should institute a team that should review the tax policies on essential products and services, in a bid to come up with tax laws that create an enabling environment for the local industry to flourish. The unjustifiable levies on fuel must be scrapped off from the pump prices. Government should remove taxes from essential services such as water and electricity,” the organization said.
On data charges, CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa said the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) should stop shielding the mobile phone operators who are charging exorbitantly for mobile phone calls and data.
“In the same vein, the communications regulator should strictly monitor the quality of services being rendered by such operators, which are mostly substandard,” said the organization.
Namiwa also demanded for Chakwera to exonerate himself, some of his cabinet ministers and top State House officials, from accusations bordering on nepotism and favouritism, which were levelled against him by a former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) lawmaker for Kasungu, Alex Major.
He therefore warned that if their grievances are not addressed, they will conduct more mass demonstrations.
Principal Administration Officer for Lilongwe City Council Hudson Kuphanga received the petition on behalf of Chakwera.
Kuphanga lauded protesters for peaceful demonstrations without breaking people’s property.
He therefore assured the protesters that the petition will be presented to Office of the president and Cabinet.
The demos were held also in Blantyre and Mulanje.