Corruption is Recipe for Protests – Mkandawire
The Church and Society Program of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has warned that increased reports of organized corruption in the country could be a recipe for mass protests if not properly handled by various stakeholders, including the government and rights groups.
Executive director of the program Moses Mkandawire said this Wednesday at Zolozolo Cemetery in Mzuzu during the 11th Commemoration of the July 20, 2011 police killing of 20 protestors.
Mkandawire asked former Vice president Khumbo Kachali who was in attendance to deliver the message to the Tonse administration.
"People need feedback on several issues rocking the country, including the economy and continued reports of corruption. And we have noted that the Tonse government is not meeting regularly as expected to discuss these issues. You, right honorable Kachali, you are part of this administration, deliver this message because people have all reasons to go to the streets,” warned Mkandawire.
Responding to this, Kachali told Zodiak Online that corruption is a complex issue and everyone needs to take responsibility.
"In Malawi, there is a notion that only the head of state can end corruption. But the fight against corruption is not a one-man show; it needs collaborative efforts,” said Kachali.
The Church and Society Program of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has been in the forefront of mobilizing resources for July 20 bereaved families’ welfare, but lately the responsibility has been left to the families and other well-wishers.
The commemoration has now become a political space where political groupings tend to score marks, a development that has not pleased the spokesperson of the bereaved families Mercy Mbezuma who said most of them go there just to make empty promises.
Said Mbezuma, "It is unfortunate to note that politicians use this event irresponsibly. They come here, promise to improve the welfare of the families but nothing is happening.”
On July 20, 2011, 20 unarmed civilians were shot dead by police during protests against political and economic problems Malawi was facing in regime of late Bingu wa Mutharika.