Malawian groups call for nationwide ‘economic freedom’ protests to eliminate illegal immigrants

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The Center for Initiatives for Democracy and Economic Development (CDEDI) and small business operators in Lilongwe and Blantyre are expected to take to the streets from December 16, 2020 to protest President Lazarus Chakwera’s decision to ignore their appeal to take action against immigrants who trade in the country’s strategic towns and villages.

CDEDI and business operators recently wrote to Chakwera demanding that his government flush out illegal immigrants from China, Nigeria, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Rwanda, Burundi and Somalia who are doing business in the country. countries and would have taken the latest available economic measures. opportunities for residents.

But the president has remained silent on the issue, a development that has prompted the mobilization of Malawians to take to the streets as of Wednesday, December 16, 2020, with the town of Lilongwe where a petition will be delivered to the president through the director. general of the city. Officer (CEO).

Peaceful protests will then spill over into the towns of Blantyre and Mzuzu.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Lilongwe, CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa gave more details on the route to be taken, and the time for peaceful protests will be announced in due course.

“The fourteen (14) day ultimatum that CDEDI and small business operators from Lilongwe and Blantyre gave to the government has expired. This is a clear case of executive impunity and arrogance that has no place in today’s democratic Malawi, ”he said.

“CDEDI and Lilongwe’s small business operators will lead all well-meaning Malawians to exercise their democratic right to conduct peaceful protests to demand responses and explanations from President Chakwera and his administration on Chakwera’s refusal to step down and to apologize to the nation for using the word “Nyasi” in reference to those whom its government apprehends, terminates or suspends from public service; the Shambolic Affordable Input Program (AIP), which takes away the dignity of the poor, especially women who sleep in warehouses and are exposed to all kinds of sexual abuse, ”said Namiwa, who was flanked by Lilongwe leaders and Blantyre Small Scale Business Operators.

He added that his organization and business operators have been delighted with the failure of the Tonse Alliance government to cope with the acute food shortages across the country, which have hit the poor and marginalized hard.

In addition, they oppose the government’s alleged selective enforcement of justice by arresting people from one region and one tribe while sparing corrupt officials from Tonse Alliance partners such as a minister of the United Nations. Cabinet, its advisor and other alliance partners involved in the National Oil Company of Malawi. (NOCMA) fuel supply scandal.

“We protest Chakwera’s failure to educate Malawians about the hotel bill saga at the Crossroads hotel involving his chief of staff and the State House chief financial officer; Chakwera’s failure to honor his promise to produce an expense report on the independence celebrations which was canceled at the last minute; inhumane enforcement of tax and other regulations on Kabanza motorcycle operators; the doubling of the advantages granted to deputies and district councilors when the rest of the civil servants received an average increase of 10%; total disregard for the rule of law by Dr Chakwera and the secretary of the presidential cabinet, ”Namiwa said.

He further accused the state president of acting contrary to the legal advice of the attorney general to hand over to Malawi Election Commission (MEC) commissioners Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje their letters of appointment and of having accepted the dismissal of public officials holding legal contracts; ignoring the voices of the landless in the districts of Thyolo and Mulanje, whose lands were seized by the white settlers of Britain and abandoning the flagship campaign promises of the Tonse Alliance that appeared in the consolidated manifesto alliance partners.

Namiwa reminded Chakwera that the political and legal powers granted to him under Article 12 of the Republican Constitution are from the people of Malawi, and whoever wields these powers does so with sustained trust.

“We therefore expect the president to act seriously on these issues and in his obligation to serve Malawians, without necessarily waiting for citizens to take to the streets to claim their rights,” he concluded.

With these developments, Malawi is likely to be in the mood for the demonstration again.


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