LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Some of the country’s civil rights group leaders have disputed claims that their meeting with President Lazarus Chakwera was to suffocate civil society organisations (CSOs) work.
The rights groups’ leaders told the news conference on Thursday, September 29, 2022 that engagement with President Chakwera’s Tonse Alliance administration was a right decision for moving the nation forward.
Phillip Kamangirah of Center for Mindset Change (CMC) hinted that directly continuous engaging the country’s leadership will have great impact on serious issues affecting Malawians.
“Demonstration, vigils are not helping to solve prevailing social economic challenges but direct engagement with the country’s leadership.
“We want always to face country’s leadership directly on what are doing on challenges instead of going to streets. This does not mean we cant have demonstration. Demos should be the last resort,” says Kamangirah.
Echoing on the same, the group’s leader Oliva Nakoma said after meeting Chakwera there was a call for including some CSOs in government parastatals to address nepotism, politicking,
“We have about 66 parastatal board that most appointments are political that create unfavorable conditions for the agencies to deliver. With including of CSOs will act as oversight inside the boards than operating outside.
“So if you see some of CSOs leaders are included in boards, don’t be surprised that’s want we asked president Chakwera to do,” says Nakoma.
He however disclosed that the grouping has already engage Agriculture Minister Robin Lowe on key issues including Affordable Inputs Program (AIP), Admarc retrenchment of junior staff, progress on the tractor-gate for action.
This comes barely a day after another demos by Brian Longwe and Redson Mnulo flopped in Lilongwe on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.