CDEDI challenges new government to rule beyond partisan interests

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By John Namalenga Jnr

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) is challenging the new Tonse Alliance led government to rise above petty partisan interests in carrying out of its duties.

The organization is further indicating that victory in the elections belongs not only to the political parties but Malawians in general.

In an address to journalists in Lilongwe, CDEDI Acting Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa, the new leaders, Lazarus Chakwera and his vice Saulos Chilima, have been asked to invest a lot of time and energy in building the Malawi everyone dreams of.

“For once, let us forget our political party affiliations and put Malawi first before even our own families and close friends,” added Namiwa.

The organization has however condemned alleged reports of supporters of the Tonse Alliance, specifically those from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) who are said to be torturing and hacking supporters of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The behavior according to CDEDI leadership is bad and must be stopped immediately with an emphasis of bringing to book all culprits.

Malawians have spent over a year on the streets seeking electoral justice and by extension, fighting against impunity and executive arrogance which the organization hopes will be upheld as promised by Tonse Alliance during the campaign period.

The former regime of the DPP has in the same vein been applauded for the development it provided to Malawi within the period it was being criticized as a government that brought more misery than jubilation to Malawians.

Pointed out Namiwa, “While CDEDI is advising the new government to refrain from retribution and political persecution, CDEDI would like to warn those who owe loyalty and allegiance to the DPP in the public service to desist from any attempts to fix the dirt and rot that might be found.”

Those that violated the law in the course of serving in the previous government must not be spared but face the law, as explained by Namiwa.

He believes this can be done through the setting up of a special tribunal to investigate and prosecute all involved in criminal activities ranging from corruption, fraud to theft.

CDEDI is a non-partisan, nongovernmental organization that was established with an aim of demanding social and economic rights while at the same time holding duty bearers accountable for their actions.

 

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