The leadership of Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives – CDEDI is threatening to stage peaceful demonstrations next week Wednesday for failure of the Chakwera administration to respond to demands made by the organization.
Last month, CDEDI through its Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa backed by the leadership of Lilongwe and Blantyre small scale business operators gave Chakwera a 14-day ultimatum to contain the influx of illegal immigrants from other countries among several other issues.
In a recent statement, the organization has further made demands to the presidency to resolve what they call impunity and executive arrogance.
“The government is applying selective justice by arresting people from one region and tribe, while sparing corrupt public officials from the Tonse Alliance partners, such as a Cabinet Minister, his advisor and other alliance partners,” emphasized Namiwa.
He also challenges the government to properly handle the Affordable Inputs Program (AIP) that he says has seen women sleeping at selling depots for several nights and eventually exposing them to sexual abuse.
One of the concerned small-scale business operators, Joseph Nkwangwani, believes staging demonstrations would make the government listen since they have been making calls but have not been listened to.
“Our problem is on the influx of illegal immigrants that are taking up economic opportunities for locals. We saw demonstrations bringing change in the country and we will equally not stop with our plans until we notice a difference or at least the President listens and acts,” he added.
The demonstrations are further seeking government’s intervention on concerns that people in Thyolo and Mulanje are raising concerning land ownership wrangles between them and British settlers.
As the Chakwera administration is yet to respond, demonstrations are expected to take place nationwide starting with Lilongwe where a petition will be delivered to Lilongwe City Council officials.