The Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI] says recent changes in the Covid-19 protocols have, besides exposing government hypocrisy, also reminded the citizens about the careless campaign pronouncements prior to the court sanctioned June,23, 2020 Presidential polls where the same politicians told Malawians that the pandemic did not exist in Malawi.
CDEDI says government should stop this carelessness in the implementation of the restrictions just to suit its desires as it smacks lack of seriousness and has the potential to trigger resistance from the citizens.
The organization has urged President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and his administration to stop playing hide-and-seek games with this deadly pandemic saying people could have expected the consideration on political parties and other areas to also apply to the hospitality industry which is now on its death-bed.
In a statement signed by its Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa, CDEDI has condemned the total hypocrisy being displayed by the Tonse Alliance administration in handling the Covid-19 restrictions.
CDEDI says it has noted with regret the apparent shifting of goal posts by government as seen in the recently announced measures by the Ministry of Health saying government has announced the relaxing of a ban on political party gatherings by increasing allowable numbers to pave the way for political parties, including the ruling Malawi Congress Party [MCP].
The organization says this dangerous decision has been arrived at in view of the forthcoming by-elections, reminding government that political rallies no matter how small they may be are super spreaders of this virus.
It says surprisingly, government has maintained the stringent measures on the hospitality industry which directly employs thousands of Malawians and millions of others indirectly.
…’’It beats every body’s imagination that the Tonse Alliance administration is trying hard to make Malawians believe that the virus is so sensitive that it spreads faster in the hospitality industry, entertainment, sports and religious gatherings while it is very slow to spread in political gatherings,’’…reads the statement in part.
CDEDI says the Tonse Alliance administration is deliberately, and convenient to its desires forgetting that this monster is deadly, given the toll it has taken even among the country’s politicians which sparks volumes of the extent of damage the disease can cause.
By Vincent Gunde