LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative (Cdedi) has thrown its weight behind issues raised by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and a Malawi Congress Party (MCP ) pressure group ‘ Second Liberation for the Malawi Nation’ and has since demanded that President Dr Lazarous Chakwera addresses the concerns of nepotism, corruption and bribery bedevilling his administration.
In a statement issued of February 13, 2021 Cdedi executive director Mr Sylvester Namiwa said his organisation is in total support of the issues raised by HRDC and the MCP pressure group regarding nepotistic tendencies in the current administration, lack of interest to fulfil consolidated Tonse alliance campaign promises, corruption and general loss of leadership direction in the country.
“Thus far, Cdedi is in total support of the calls on the part of the Tonse alliance leaders to jointly address Malawians on the status of the alliance and provide a timeline on how the campaign promises will be fulfilled,” Namiwa said in the statement.
Cdedi has requested HRDC and other civil society organisations to initiate dialogue with President Chakwera and the Tonse alliance leaders on issues of national importance and report back to Malawians the outcome of the dialogue.
“The Tonse alliance leaders campaigned together and Malawians deserve regular updates from them on the state of affairs and direction of the country,” reads the statement.
Cdedi has commended the MCP pressure group for their courage in openly speaking out against nepotism and loss of direction in the Chakwera administration.
“We commend the MCP grouping for their courage by holding the bull by its horns, and we further encourage all well-meaning Malawians to join this noble task of getting the Tonse Alliance administration back on track, before the goodwill that Malawians have for the new administration wanes off,” says the statement.
Namiwa has called upon President Chakwera to institute an inquiry on serious allegations that have been levelled against his staff at State House who the MCP grouping is accusing of soliciting bribes from Malawians of Asian origin.
“We would like to challenge him to institute an inquiry on the serious allegations that have been leveled against his senior staff at the State House, who the MCP grouping is accusing of soliciting bribes from the Malawians of Asian origin, and that the President should distance himself from such people,” reads the statement.
Namiwa further says Chakwera should be mindful that Malawians voted for the Tonse alliance with the hope of genuine change and not the business as usual approach they have seen in the past eight months that Tonse has been governing the country.
” Cdedi believes that Malawians voted into government the Tonse Alliance with a view to see change, and not the same business as usual kind of story. It is therefore our expectation that President Chakwera will take heed of the issues highlighted in this statement and indeed those that Malawians are discussing in the social media and open spaces,” the statement reads.