Some active Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), activists and human rights defenders in Malawi have asked President Peter Mutharika to honourably consider resigning if he keeps on failing Malawians, accusing his administration of lacking vision and leadership in steering the nation from the brink of collapse. The CSOs’ who addressed a news conference in Lilongwe argue that the sad state of the country’s democratic and economic governance, water as well as electricity crisis, attest to the Mutharika failure. “Of late, we have witnessed with alarm large-scale challenges such as water and electricity crisis, ills in the education and health sectors and a cloud of uncertainty over the Farm Input Subsidy Program [Fisp] in the agriculture sector. “We have also seen a country fast receding into an old-age political and economic malaise: A country where pursuit of corrupt cases alias Cashgate is highly skewed towards offering immunity to those in power while coming the hardest on the weak,” CHRR’s director Timothy Mtambo read the statement signed by the CSO’s and activists.
The CSOs include Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Human Rights Defenders Forum, Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), Civil and Political Space Platform as well as human rights activists Martha Kwataine and Billy Mayaya. Others are Charles Kajoloweka of Youth and Governance Activist, Robert Mkwezalamba of Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), Moses Mkandawire of Civic and Political Space, Kiko Mapunda of Centre for Governance and Public Participation, Benedicto Kondowe of Human Rights Defenders Forum, Bright Kampaundi of Forum for National Development, Desmond Mhango of CEYCA, and Macdonald Sembereka of MANERELA .
The CSOs also argue that Mutharika is compromising interests of the general public “to serve vain, selfish and partisan interests” and observed signs of leadership crisis and arrogance in President Mutharika. “Many Malawians are enduring the effects of poor governance under the current administration, yet the President has chosen to plunder hard earned taxpayers’ money with an air of unbridled entitlement. This is an insult of the highest order, and not befitting the high office of the land,” the CSOs charge. “We, however, feel the President is honourable enough to consider stepping down if he keeps failing Malawians. And I repeat: the President is honourable enough to consider stepping down if he keeps failing Malawians,” said a visibly fearless Trapence During a news conference on his trip to the United Nations General Assembly (Unga) last week, Mutharika said he was already a millionaire when he returned to Malawi from the United States of America (USA), further declaring that he can do without taxpayers’ money.