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Malawi President Chakwera’s Tonse admin faces first mass protest Dec 16 over executive arrogance

Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera and his vice Saulos Klaus Chilima

Small Scale Business Operators

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera with Tonse administration will on December 16, 2020 face first mass demonstration slated for capital Lilongwe over leadership impunity and executive arrogance

The country’s civil rights group Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) in conjunction Small Scale Business Operators gave will hold the peaceful protest to send signals to Chakwera’s leadership that all is not well in Malawi.

The demos comes after the two grouping gave Tonse administration the fourteen (14) day ultimatum to address a number of national concerns but Chakwera chose not to respond any.

Among key issues for demontrations including Affordable Input Program (AIP) mess up,2020’s 6th July independence celebrations expenses disclosure, State house staff luxurious tendencies, Chakwera’s unpalatable words, silent on MK12.5 million State House-Crossroads Hotel accommodation saga, political firing and appointments, homeland Security Minister Chimwendo mob justice calls, zero on youth empowerment and among others.

Addressing the joint news conference in the capital Lilongwe on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa disclosed that after Lilongwe, peaceful demonstrations will then spill over to the cities of Blantyre and Mzuzu.

“Further details on the route that will be taken, and the time for the peaceful demonstrations will be announced in due course,” says Namiwa.

Below is the full statement on the planed demos:

LISTENING GOVERNMENT THAT NEVER WAS; WE SAY NO TO IMPUNITY AND EXECUTIVE ARROGANCE!

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has been forced into action once again after the expiry of the ultimatum that was given to President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and his Tonse Alliance government on November 23, 2020.

The fourteen (14) day ultimatum CDEDI and the Lilongwe and Blantyre Small Scale Business Operators gave to government has elapsed. So far, there has not been any response from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), and neither has there been any word from the State House. This is a clear case of impunity and executive arrogance which has no space in a modern-day democratic Malawi. It is against this background that CDEDI announces the commencement of national wide peaceful demonstrations starting with the City of Lilongwe on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, where a petition will be delivered to the country’s President, through the City’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The peaceful demonstrations will then spill over to the cities of Blantyre and Mzuzu. Further details on the route that will be taken, and the time for the peaceful demonstrations will be announced in due course.

CDEDI and the Lilongwe Small Scale Business Operators will lead all well- meaning Malawians in exercising their democratic right to conduct peaceful demonstrations to demand answers and explanations from President Chakwera and his administration on the following:

1. The influx of illegal immigrants from China, Nigeria, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Rwanda, Burundi, and Somalia who are illegally conducting businesses in the country and have taken up the last available economic opportunities for the locals;

2. President Chakwera’s refusal to withdraw and apologise to the nation for

using  the  word  ‘NYANSI’  in  reference  to  people  his  government  is

arresting, firing or suspending from the public service;

3. The shambolic Affordable Input Program (AIP) which is taking away the dignity of the poor people, especially women who are sleeping at the selling depots and are being exposed to all sorts of sexual abuses;

4. The failure by the Tonse Alliance government to address acute shortages

of food across the country, which have hit hard the poor and the marginalized people;

5. Government’s selective application of justice by arresting people from one

region and tribe, while sparing corrupt public officials from the Tonse Alliance  partners, such as a Cabinet Minister, his advisor and other alliance partners involved in the National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) fuel supply scandal;

6. Failure by President Chakwera to update Malawians on the Hotel bills saga  at  Crossroads  involving  his  Chief  of  Staff  and  the  Director  of Finance at State House;

7. President  Chakwera’s  failure  to  honour  his  promise  to  produce  an

expenditure report on the Independence Celebrations that were cancelled at the eleventh hour;

8. The inhumane enforcement of tax and other regulations on Motorbike

Kabanza operators;

9. The doubling of MPs’ and Ward Councilors’ perks when the rest of the civil servants have been given an average 10 percent hike;

10.Total  disregard  of  the  rule  of  law  by  Dr.  Chakwera  and  the Secretary to the President Cabinet, for acting contrary to the Attorney General’s legal opinion to give Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje their appointment letters, and by accepting the firing of public officers with legal contracts;

11.Ignoring the voices of the landless people in Thyolo and Mulanje districts, whose land was grabbed by the white settlers from Britain;

12.The   abandonment   of   the   Tonse   Alliance   flagship   campaign promises that were contained in the alliance partners’ consolidated manifesto;

Lastly, but not the least, CDEDI would like to remind President Chakwera that political and legal powers accorded to him under section 12 of the Republican Constitution derive from the people of Malawi, and the one exercising such powers does so on sustained trust.

It is, therefore, our expectation that the President will act on these issues in earnest, and as his obligation to serve Malawians, without necessarily waiting for the citizenry to go onto the streets to demand their rights.

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