Human rights activist, Undule Mwakasungula, has said Civil Society Organisations’ have been hijacked by mercenary activists who at times are hired by some sections of the public to advance individual agendas.
Mwakasungila was speaking Tuesday at a press briefing in Mzuzu on the state of affairs in the country.
“I think it’s high time the CSOs went back on the drawing board and reflect on how they want to participate on national affairs. There is very big vacuum and there is no leadership in the civil society and in that regard you find that a lot of concerned groups and individuals coming in. Most of them are just being hired to protect some people’s interest and that might even continue creating chaos and trust among the CSOs,” he said.
Mwakusungula who was vibrant during the tenure of office the late Bingu wa Mutharika then threw his weight behind CSOs who have expressed shock over President Lazarus Chakwera’s assent to the NGO bill into a law.
Commenting on the views raise Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Gift Trapence agreed that there are some mercenary activists that are being used by politicians, but disagreed with Mwakasungula that there is no leadership in the civic space.
“It’s not true that there is no proper leadership in the CSO sector. We have vibrant leaders including the youth and women who are doing great work in different fields. The biggest challenge in the CSOs sector has been resources and the challenge has been exacerbated by Covid-19,” he said.