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Civil Society Organisations must not waste our time on DPP, just go to court!

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Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) should not waste their precious time and, more importantly, that of the nation by listening to the tired tactics of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The CSOs should simply go to court over DPPs refusal to refund the K13.5 million the party shamelessly received from financially ailing Blantyre and Mzuzu city councils in the name of donations for a fundraising event that was private in nature.

The two-hour meeting the CSOs held with DPP gurus in Lilongwe last week was a waste of time.

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We make this conclusion for the simple reason that, while the party’s top gurus apologised for the unpalatable remarks they made in the media when questioned over the unholy donations, the meeting fell short of providing any assurance that the money would be refunded.

We do not want to say ‘we told you’ but the CSOs were naive in the first place to believe that the substantive matter would be tabled at another meeting with DPP.

Now, true to the fears, DPP would like to make the CSOs believe that the scheduled meeting cannot take place today because the party’s Secretary General Greselder Jeffrey is ill.

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It is only now that the CSOs are becoming suspicious of DPP.

Seriously, the CSOs are being naive, for they are supposed to know the antics of this not-so democratic party.

When someone has broken the law, collected public funds for a private event, you query them and they are defiant, do you negotiate with them?

The CSOs should be reminded that only the courts can bring justice in this matter; so there is no need for them to accept meetings with the party that is at fault.

In any case, what do they want to discuss with DPP when the issue at hand is very simple and straight forward?

Are the CSOs telling us that they need to first meet DPP for the party to refund the money?

The CSOs represent the voices of the masses but they cannot assume the role of the courts.

The CSOs should not play in DPPs hands by waiting for another meeting which will never take place.

Whatever remarks DPP’s Vice President for the Central Region, Hetherwick Ntaba, and Jeffrey made represented the thinking of the party.

It follows that whether someone is ill or not, the party should have delegated someone if indeed it is remorseful over the plunder of councils’ resources.

The concerns of the CSOs are on the ruling party and not Ntaba and Jeffrey as individuals.

We fault the CSOs for, in the first place, giving dialogue a chance with a party that has never believed in anything of that sort.

However, it is not too late: The CSO should just go to talk and present their case. Now!

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