LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has once again come scathing at the Tonse Alliance administration led by President Dr Lazarus Chakwera over campaign promise failures even questioning the silence of its poster boy State vice-president Dr Saulos Chilima, who is also UTM Party president.
In a heavy-loaded statement signed by its firebrand leader Mr Gift Trapence and national coordinator Mr Luke Tembo, HRDC says Malawians are shocked to see that these promises seem to have been abandoned altogether except the affordable fertilizer pledge.
He added that Malawians are now openly expressing their disillusionment and loss of hope as they feel duped, especially by the total silence from the Alliance leaders, including Chilima.
“HRDC and Malawians are shocked to see that these promises seem to have been abandoned altogether except the affordable fertilizer pledge.
“Malawians are now openly expressing their disillusionment and loss of hope as they feel duped, especially by the is total silence from the Alliance leaders, including Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima, who is also UTM President,” he said.
He added that the silence is making HRDC and Malawians wonder whether the Tonse Alliance is still intact or it is now only MCP that is governing.
Trapence, whose organisation led a series of protests against the 2019 presidential election which at times turned nasty, has since threatened to mobilise Malawians back to the streets because of the broken promises.
HRDC is disappointed with the fight against corruption which he said is more of lip service as instead of the Chakwera administration “clear the rubble” it is pilling up more rubble.
Trapence, whose grouping is running a corruption whistle-blower initiative, said State House is threatening Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) to award oil contracts to two suppliers for Chakwera to share the proceeds with his henchmen.
In a national address recently, the President urged Malawians not to be obsessed with campaign promises amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
But lawyer and governance commentator Justin Dzonzi is on record saying the President is duty-bound to honour the promises he made during the campaign and that Malawians have a legitimate right to remind him of the same with or without Covid-19.
Said Dzonzi: “The biggest challenge for all regimes after 1994 is to deliver economic goods. When Malawians are voting for a party or someone in power their expectation is that their economic livelihood will improve. Some expect jobs to come, businesspeople expect loans.
“Since 2019, Malawians have gone through difficult economic times and for me I think what is crucial is for government to deliver these economic goods as soon as possible, otherwise it appears that those that have been appointed in positions of power are so far the only beneficiaries of what you call the struggle and the Constitutional Court ruling.”
University of Malawi Chancellor College political scientist Dr Blessings Chinsinga agreed that the disconnection between what people expected and what government is doing was the cause of the frustration.