The Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI] is demanding that President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera should immediately step down from power for confessing publicly to Malawians that he made false campaign promises just to be voted into the high office of the presidency.
CDEDI says Malawians got the shock of their lives on Sunday night 17 January 2021 when President Dr. Chakwera, during his address to the nation, shamelessly told Malawians that the Tonse Alliance campaign promises were made on assumptions and conditions that no longer hold.
The organization adds this is highly insensitive, careless, irresponsible and a futile attempt to dupe Malawians saying the country and indeed all the voters may recall that the court sanctioned Fresh Presidential Elections [FPE] were held when the first case of Covid-19 had been confirmed in Malawi in April 2020.
In its statement dated 18 January 2021 signed by Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa, CDEDI says president Dr. Chakwera has backtracked on almost all his flagship campaign promises, including that of ensuring that the poor were protected from the shocks of the strict Covid-19 preventive measures by way of providing them with safety nets.
Sylvester Namiwa: Malawians will no longer be taken for granted
On his decree to close markets by 5p.m., CDEDI is reminding President Dr. Chakwera that Malawi is still a hand-to-mouth economy with majority of thw poor surviving on less than K500 a day, where they have to hustle and push back home in the evening to buy food from the nearest markets.
The organization states it was puzzled when the President declared a State of Disaster on 12 January 2021 in line with the rising cases of Covid-19, and he extended a bowel to the donor community, begging for material and financial assistance yet just a day prior to the declaration, Dr. Chakwera approved a payment of over MK 700 Billion to his lawyers and those of his Vice, Dr. Saulosi Chilima, who represented them in the election case.
CDEDI is advising President Dr. Chakwera that Malawians will no longer be taken for granted because they were promised cushioning measures and they want them now, but they know that the President has no clues on how these cushioning measures can be brought about.
…”CDEDI call that President Dr. Chakwera should pave the way for someone who is fit to make the right decisions that can save this country from shame and disaster which is now, looming,’’…..reads part of the statement.
The organization says it has been compelled to collaborate with the Blantyre Small Scale Business Operators, the Kabaza operators, the Minibus operators, and indeed all well-meaning Malawians to proceed with the peaceful demonstrations in Blantyre that will take place, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 as planned.
CDEDI mentions the demonstrations were postponed in order to comply and respect Presidnt Dr. Chakwera’s decree that the country had to observe 3 days of mourning in respect of the departed cabinet ministers, Hon. Lingson Belekanyama MP and Hon. Alhaji Mohammad Sidik Mia.
The organization says it is extending this call for peaceful demonstrations in all the cities and towns against President Dr. Chakwera who has proven to the nation that he cannot be trusted, and therefore, should immediately resign.
By Vincent Gunde