Representatives of the CSOs made the remarks on Thursday in the district during their interface meeting.
The gathering was aimed at welcoming new partners who have shown interest to join the team but also to map the way forward on how best they can tackle issues of national interest.
Among the burning issues that emerged during their discussions include lack of coordination among themselves at local level, being partisans and failure to comply with the policies of their mother body the Council for Nongovernmental Organisations in Malawi (CONGOMA).
Speaking on behalf of the CSOs in the district one of the executive members, Leslie Mtekateka of the Anglican Church said it is very pathetic to see their members purportedly failing to attend their meetings without allowances.
“Let us all as CSO’s cast out the spirit of prioritising money to our core values of representing the common Malawians.”
“Unless we do that, we will not achieve our intended purpose,” said Mtekateka.
Mtekateka further had the view that every CSO that desires to operate in the district should first register with their Civil Society Network before stepping into the District Commissioner’s office for effectiveness.
Chairperson of the CSO’s in the district, Yonamu Lemani Kaunda also raised a similar concern which he said is making the citizenry lose trust in them.
Kaunda told the gathering that besides working as non-partisans, they have the responsibility to complement government’s initiatives that are in favour of the populace.
He said, “Our duty as CSO’s is not mainly to negatively criticise government as per the policies of the CONGOMA but to be partners but that does not restrict us from doing so when the machinery is losing its direction.”
Karonga district is seemingly becoming a mantle where several CSO’s and other local non-governmental organisations have started deepening their roots in the guise of uplifting the living standards of the voiceless.