By Mike Gwadani
The Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) says President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera should come out clearly on trimming presidential powers and other flagship campaign premises.
In a statement signed by CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa the organisation says President Chakwera should come out clearly and tell Malawians the steps he intends to take ensuring that Parliament deliberate and passes legislation that would see the presidential powers trimmed.
“As the President is considering this matter, CDEDI is proposing that the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IG) and Director the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) should be done independently and not by the President.
” So far the wheels of justice are seen to be in overdrive simply because the offices of the IG and ACB are currently free and are busy prosecuting individuals that are suspected to have committed various offences just for the mere fact that such individuals are no longer in power. Our wish is to have this spirit continue, and this can only happen only if the two offices are independent” reads the statement in part.
CDEDI further says the Tonse Alliance administration should explain its roadmap on what the country will gain out of the current spate of arrests that have been launched so far.
“If left unexplained and unjustified, Malawians will begin to suspect that this trend of arrests is just mere political witch hunting which we are used to witnessing whenever there is a change of government” it reads.
The statement also accused the Tonse Administration of backtracking on some of its campaign promises such as reducing the cost of passports, the universal subsidy fertilizer program and youth empowerment.
“Of late we have seen how government has backtracked on its earlier campaign promises such as the cost of passports whose cost government says will not be reduced, the purchase of fertilizer whose procedure for identifying beneficiaries government says will be targeted as opposed to being universal, the Appointment of retired people to serve into various government positions instead of considering promoting already existent and well qualified officers thereby creating room for the Youth to employed these are just few examples and we will not be surprised if this trend continues” reads the statement in part.