By Jameson Chauluka & Tiyese Monjeza
A group of concerned Malawians calling itself Action against Impunity says it will hold a series of demonstrations against what it calls plunder of public resources and rising cost of living until the Tonse Alliance administration decisively addresses their concerns.
Action against Impunity led demonstrations in Blantyre and Zomba, where protesters delivered petitions to President Lazarus Chakwera through councils of the two districts.
In Blantyre, social media influencer Joshua Chisa Mbele said the group is determined to carry on with the anti-government protests until “Malawi is once again better to live in”.
But Minister of Information Gospel Kazako, the official government spokesperson, has insisted the Tonse Alliance administration is doing everything possible to root out corruption and improve Malawians’ living conditions.
Kazako, speaking in Times Talk Programme on Times Radio yesterday evening, said cases of corruption are coming out in the open now because the current administration believes in transparency and accountability.
Earlier, during the Blantyre demonstrations, which suffered a low turnout, Mbele said their goal is to see the plunder of public resources stopped.
“The President has been speaking but nothing is happening. People are tired because nothing has improved in people’s lives since Tonse Alliance came to power.
“If you cannot look after the welfare of people, then you don’t deserve to be in office. This is the beginning of a rolling mass action. We are going to insist until they give up and they will give up because we will give them problems,” Mbele charged.
Similar protests have been organised before with their leaders maintaining President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice-President Saulos Chilima should resign for apparently failing to fight corruption and protect the welfare of Malawians.
The protests have, however, received languid responses from the government, which insists organisers are not being realistic in their assessments of the present administration.
In Zomba, politician-cum-activist Bon Kalindo, who led the demonstrations, bewailed government’s failure to address what he described as a worsening economic crisis despite several reminders through petitions.
Kalindo, who had taken a break from organising anti-government protests after a series of arrests, said he was back to defend Malawians from inconsiderate public officers.
“Issues of corruption, poverty and human rights need to be immediately addressed. However, it seems the President is not concerned about these things and Malawians continue to suffer. It would be in the best interest of the nation if the President stepped down,” Kalindo said.