PRESIDENT MUTHARIKA WARNED

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Protestors during the demonstrations

PRESSURE is mounting on President Peter Mutharika to swiftly respond to concerns raised by Malawians during the 27 April nation-wide protests.

CSOs that organised the mass demos have since written a letter to the President warning him that he risks another demonstration if he does not treat their petition with urgency.

In a letter released on 28 May, the CSOs demand that the Office of President and Cabinet should admit receipt of the petition presented during the protest.

On the day of the protests, civil society leaders presented a ten-point petition to Mutharika’s administration over a number of issues.

In response, the President has appointed a committee to champion the implementation of the petition.

The CSOs, however, under the banner Human Rights Defenders Coalition, HRDC, say that they heard about the committee through the media but there has been no official communication.

They have since told the head of state that the issues raised in the petition cannot be sorted by a committee as most of the issues need decisive leadership.

Protesters in Blantyre

The 27 April protest organisers have further warned Mutharika and his cabinet to take the petition seriously arguing that failing to do so will show lack of political will from his office.

During the demonstrations, protestors gave the President 15-day and 90-day ultimatum to respond to various issues raised.

The other issues like the K4 billion kwacha unbudgeted MPs payout, persistent power blackouts, high levels of corruption, youth unemployment and dwindling education standards were given a 90-day ultimatum.

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