Kamangirah addressing the media on November 26, 2020

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse administration has been accused of gross of incompetency in handling nationals affairs just five months in power.

President Chakwera is being accused of sugar coating leadership style including unfulfilled campaign promises, selective justice,nepotism corruption tendencies among his cabinet ministers and relations and among other.

Concerned citizens chairperson Phillip Kamangirah told the news conference on Thursday, November 26, 2020 that his grouping is not satisfied with Chakwera type of leadership, dashing hopes for better Malawi.

Kamangira says the grouping will continue pressing hard for good governance in Chakwera’s Tonse administration.

“We keep on remaining a country loaded with promises that are never fulfilled. All we are seeing is the hankering appetite for reforms that are at best selective when it comes to implementation. It would appear therefore that the battle against the monster of corruption is targeted in its sweeping power. While others are victimised without providing detailed reasons why they are being treated in such a manner, others are treated with kid gloves and if anything, provided VIP treatment.

“We will never get tired of seeking answers. We will never only be eloquent in silence. We will raise our voices until we are heard and responses, convincing responses are accorded to us. For Malawi we shall live and if need there be, die for,” fumes Kamangirah.

Below is the full CONCERNED CITIZENS PRESS STATEMENT:

TIME TO SAFEGUARD OUR DEMOCRACY FROM CAPTURE THROUGH ELEMENTS OF SELECTIVE JUSTICE, RECKLESS TENDENCIES, FAKE PROMISES AND CORRUPTION

  1. SELECTIVE JUSTICE

We keep on remaining a country loaded with promises that are never fulfilled. All we are seeing is the hankering appetite for reforms that are at best selective when it comes to implementation. It would appear therefore that the battle against the monster of corruption is targeted in its sweeping power. While others are victimised without providing detailed reasons why they are being treated in such a manner, others are treated with kid gloves and if anything, provided VIP treatment.

It is time that we Malawians now have to start questioning some of the things happening in our beloved country. In the Malawi that belongs to Tonse we all ought to be treated equally as citizens of the motherland, the only place we can call home. What is justice if its wheels can only roll fast in one direction and take the snails’ pace in another direction?

Malawians have seen the primitive aspect of selective justiceclenching its teeth in the century of progress and fairness. The Anti -Corruption Bureau has swiftly managed to freeze the economic lifeline of the former Head of State Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika without any explanation to Malawians of any financial crimes he committed that deserve such humiliation and economic deprivation. This takes place while painfully we Malawians see a K5 billion suspect in the alleged cement saga Mr. Chunara walking comfortably along the roads of Malawi. There is no record of his economic lifeline being choked, yet same government, different treatment. The Tonse government we were promised is getting riddled with selective justice. Has justice lost its meaning and touch? Has justice decided to crucify itself on the cross of choosing faces and political patronage?

Is the fight against fraud and corruption probably being used as a silent weapon for crushing political opponents? Practical aspects on the ground can tell.

2. CORRUPTION

Now we have to draw daggers against the corruption busting body in the country. There have been allegations of corruptpractices within the corridors of the state house related to hosting of some people at Crossroads hotel. Don’t we Malawians deserve to be appraised on the progress made? Have our resources not been spent on matters that have no benefit to the common man? We ask ACB and other associated policing entities, what does it take for them to wear the face of bravery to treat all people equally? Can the wheels only roll when it is to deal with and vandalize the image of opposition-linked personalities?

We had the impression that the Anti -Corruption Bureau would be freed from the yoke of one sided view of corruption aspects. What do we tell the nation? What do we tell generations to come of our commitment to curb corruption? How slippery has corruption become to those whose hands are sunk deep in the sand of political power? ACB, we need answers. This nation needs enlightenment. We will not go to sleep when justice is lochcoatingselectively.

3. FAKE PROMISES

The Concerned Citizens call for accountability. Reforms entail taking responsibility for failures. It does not take a Jewish prophet to prophecy that the AIP program has at best been nothing but lip service. Our mothers and children are sleeping on the open floor with the hope that they will access at least two bags of fertiliser, braving the wind, braving hunger, and braving walking long distances. All they reap is shame and cynicism. We cannot keep on treating the noble sons and daughters of Malawi that way. Malawians deserve an apology for the torture they are encountering.

4. RECKLESS TENDENCIES  AND DISRESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW

The Concerned Citizens further want answers. The leader of the country has travelled to at least 5 countries since taking the gearshifts of power slightly a100 days ago. It has been the expectation of the nation that through the weekly press briefings Malawians will be kept abreast of what has transpired at these international meetings. Alas, there is total silence in that regard. Why the blanket silence? All that shocks us now is that an entourage of 66 people was part of the South African trip. Truth be told, we are one of the least developed countries on earth and our president chairs that league yet we have the audacity of living a Lamborghini lifestyle while we are managing a Sienta economy. We better come to terms with reality. We better preach and live austerity. Malawi is for everyone and those entrusted with our meagre resources ought to use them in total reflection of the needs of this great but poor nation.

We ask, and we will keep on asking, why a big delegation to SouthAfrica from one of the poorest countries on earth? We ask, and we ask again and again, is there anything good to celebrate from the trip? We ask and we ask again, will the common man in Nsundwe, Njuyu, Thekerani, Thambani, Marka and any corner of Malawi cherish that the trip has had any iota of improvement to his or her well-being? We need answers and answers we should have.

The time for mere talk is over now. Our people in the Tonse administered country deserve to be accorded alternatives whenever changes are taking place. We mourn with the vendors in Limbe, Lilongwe and Mzuzu whose sources of living have been ransacked. If anything, we are crushing down the Micro and small and medium enterprises. We have wielded the panga to kill the economic dreams of people that earn a miserable living on the streets. We provide them no alternatives but brag at how best we have starved them. Not long ago, these were the people that were according us political patronage on the streets. Not long ago we promised to make lives better for them. We have discarded them just after tasting the sweetness of power. We ask, what has happened to the dreams of the poorest of the poor, the voiceless whose crime is to be on the streets to sell any little thing they can? Their hearts are bleeding. The hearts of Malawians are bleeding. The Concerned Citizens are bleeding with them. We need answers.

The appetite for mere talk and to be seen to be progressive only in words but with no practical matches on the ground has seen MEDF renamed into NEEF. In all fairness, all that Malawians have witnessed is the mere naming. Our people still wait for the loans and now the measures effected are that stringent to the extent that loans accessibility would be the preserve of the elite. Is this what we meant by changing the name? Is this all the reason for suspending the entire management? Is it just amere ploy to lope in cronies and hand clappers?

Is the one million jobs philosophy being implemented through retrenching others and bringing in cronies and political sympathisers? Is our Tonse the Tonseof philosophy or political patronage? We need answers on NEEF. The feeling is that MEDF was better responsive to needs of the people than the theoretical NEEF.

We will never relent to on matters pertaining to the ‘holy’ and ‘almighty’ judiciary. We still call for the judiciary thatwill be impartial to all people regardless of their being in government or having deeper pockets. Weneed the judiciary where even cases of the uncounted are given the attention. While there is a backlog of many cases in courts, we see other cases running at supersonic speed and we ask,do the other cases not deservethe attention of the judiciary? We Malawians that have little understanding of legal matters better be lectured as we are noticing discrepancies that are difficult to comprehend. The 1st and 2nd petitioners in the presidential case have been compensated with a whooping K4 billion yet the assessment from the Registrar was that they be compensated with K7.6 billion in the first place. What is this mathematics that we the poor and voiceless can hardly comprehend? Is it rocket science mathematics? We demand answers and our voices will never be muted until we get andindeed answers we will get.

We will never get tired of seeking answers. We will never only be eloquent in silence. We will raise our voices until we are heard and responses, convincing responses are accorded to us. For Malawi we shall live and if need there be, die for.

SIGNED BY:Philip Kamangirah, CONCERNED CITIZEN CHAIRPERSON

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