CSOs’ ultimatums irk APM

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President Peter Mutharika is challenging Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the continued issuance of ultimatums, stressing that he will not be forced to adhere to deadlines.

Mutharika has made the proclamation through his Press Secretary Mgeme Kalirani.

The Civil Society has on numerous occasions been giving the government deadlines on various issues of public interest, including perceived failures by the government to abide by the laws of Malawi.

For instance, President Mutharika has been given five days to reverse his decision on the appointment of commissioners for the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) or risk being dragged to court.

This is after two people nominated for the appointment as Commissioners of the Commission, Patrick Semphere and Chikondi Chijozi were replaced by Mutharika.

The President instead took in Baldwin Chiyamwaka a Media Consultant who previously served in the commission and Cecilia Kotima who was not nominated by any organisation as demanded by law.

The issue has not gone down well with the Malawi Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) who are demanding that Mutharika rectify the matter.

 

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