By Vincent Gunde
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The quasi- religious body, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has told the country’s president, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera in a spade for spade that Malawians have lost trust in his leadership evidenced by failing to fight corruption citing maintaining Kezzie Msukwa as his Minister despite overwhelming evidence of his corruption on land deals.
The PAC has also called upon President Chakwera to consider reshuffle the Cabinet within 3 months saying the public patience is running thin.
The religious body says there are concerns which are continuing to be raised over the ability of leadership at the helm of Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) asking President Chakwera to consider appointing Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) acceptable by key stakeholders.
In a statement, the PAC says swift decision-making process is required citing indecisiveness in reshuffling the Cabinet, the revelations that Chakwera’s daughter, Violet, has assumed duties at the Embassy in the United Kingdom [UK] and his son-in-law, Sean Kampondeni doubling positions as Personal Assistant and State House Communication Director.
PAC says failure to make Public Sector Systems Review Report submitted to him by the Vice President Saulosi Chilima and failure to fire Ministers allegedly involved in corruption, has made Malawians to taint President Dr. Chakwera’s leadership as indecisiveness marred by lies and corruption.
Adding salt as a follow-up to PAC meeting with Chakwera, the Mzuzu Youth Anti-Corruption Movement, has called upon President to dismiss Msukwa within seven working days and should the president fail to do so, the movement will mobilize young people to hold demonstrations in solidarity with every Malawian who is suffering as a result of rampant corruption and abuse of public resources.
“We are reminding the President that by asserting MALAWI 2063, his administration made a commitment to strive to fashion a Government that is receptive to demands of Malawians such as reducing corruption risks from procurement and contract processes, promote openness and transparency in government processes and decisions and demonstrate leadership on integrity,” reads the statement in part signed by the Movement‘s Team Leader, Mathews Kajani.
On its part, Youth and Society (YAS) has called for the immediate resignation of Msukwa as a Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development saying it will be grateful to see him resign within seven days hereof, and failing which, they will take necessary action within the law.
In a letter to Msukwa signed by its Executive Director, Charles Kajoloweka, YAS says it believe that the minister’s resignation is the first significant step in ensuring justice and accountability in this corruption case.
“We, at YAS, and no doubt all right –minded Malawians are deeply concerned and disturbed that despite your arrest over these seriously scandalous criminal allegations, you continue in office as a Minister,” reads Kajoloweka’s letter in part.