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Transformation Alliance calls for constitutional review

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Pressure group, Transformation Alliance (TA), has called for review of the Constitution and presidential powers as one of the major resolutions from a two-day national conference the grouping organised last month.

Speaking during a press conference in Blantyre Wednesday, TA acting Chairman, Moses Kunkuyu, said during the conference, delegates discussed issues bordering on governance, the economy, abuse of power by those in authority and loss of trust.

Kunkuyu said, as a pressure group, they demand a constitutional review that will address the areas that currently impede good governance as a way of revamping the economy and promoting political stability in the country.

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“Theoretically, the Constitution ought to have been built on two principles, namely separation of powers and the protection of citizens rights and freedoms. The current Constitution does not effectively provide safeguards for separation of powers, among the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary arms. This in a way has negatively impacted the economic and political status of the country,” he said.

Kunkuyu further said besides revisiting presidential powers, the constitutional review must include a call for referendum whenever there are issues of national importance.

“The re-installation of the recall provision, [so that] the President, ministers and Members of Parliament can be recalled by a simple majority in a referendum. The President must appear before Parliament to respond to issues of national importance. The Anti- Corruption Bureau, Auditor General must be truly independent and selected by an independent multiparty parliamentary committee,” Kunkuyu said.

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During the conference, Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Lazarus Chakwera, said Malawians should change their mindset and push for change if the country is to develop.

Among other speakers who attended the conference, Henry Kachaje made a presentation on economic transformation and Unandi Banda of National Elections Systems Trust made a presentation on 50+1 electoral reforms.

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