Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has suspended nationwide protests scheduled for April 29 as one way of forcing the government to act on public officials suspected of having a hand in the mismanagement of Covid-19 funds.
Last week, HRDC asked the government to ensure that either those involved in the plunder of K6.2 billion have refunded the money within seven days or face mass protests.
A statement, which HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence signed Friday, says while the demonstrations have been suspended, the coalition would continue to monitor efforts being made to address problems faced in managing Covid-19 funds and find solutions to endemic corruption once and for all.
“HRDC is still monitoring progress and, at any sign of lagging on the part of government, will reignite our calls for organised nationwide protests in the immediate to long term. In conclusion, HRDC and Malawians will not be spectators and watch as public funds are abused. We will make sure that every tambala is accounted [for] and that it is paid back,” the statement reads.
HRDC has also commended President Lazarus Chakwera for taking action against suspected perpetrators.
It, however, wonders why Malawi Police Service and Malawi Defence Force are conspicuously missing from the audit report, despite receiving substantial Covid-19 funds.