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HRDC Suggest Early Elections If Chakwera Can’t Address Crises

✓Chakwera does everything for Malawi’s good–Kunkuyu.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition-HRDC suggests early elections for Malawi if President Lazarus Chakwera fails to address critical crises currently haunting the nation.

It cites fuel, forex, food, escalating cost of living, staggering national debt and fertilizer supply scandals as some serious crises that are driving Malawi towards the path of becoming a failed state.

HRDC chairperson, Gift Trapence has told journalists in Lilongwe on Sunday that Chakwera’s lukewarm approach cannot address the pressing crisis.

The coalition has since demanded that President Chakwera remains in office and suspend all international and local travels, dismiss underperforming ministers, presidential advisors, Secretary to the President and Cabinet, principal secretaries and directors who have failed to manage the economy.

Again, HRDC wants the president to provide a clear actionable short, medium and long-term crisis plan outlining the path to economic recovery and present sustainable and actionable solutions to the fuel crisis.

“Should the president fail to demonstrate commitment to these demands, we will be left with no choice but to mobilize Malawians through legitimate means to halt the violation of their {citizens} constitutional rights by the government,” says Trapence.

He adds the current administration’s shortcomings contradict the trust placed in them by Malawians.

Argues Trapence: “The government must acknowledge the crisis at hand, depart from business as usual, and earnestly work to address these issues. Failing this, the prospect of early elections becomes a necessary consideration.”

However, Information Minister, Moses Kunkuyu says government and the president understand its role and they are here to address the challenges.

He adds they appreciate the HRDC statement as it amplifies what they have been saying that the country’s foundations had been tampered with for the past two decades.

Kunkuyu says people must be assured that everything that President Chakwera does is for the betterment of Malawians’ lives.

“Economic problems do not surface immediately from the time you enjoyed the temporary sweets that have a lasting impact of your economy.

“Excess borrowing that was not invested for profitable gains, decades of corruption and improper procurement processes, all these dag a hole in our economy and coupled with natural shocks, the economy suffers and when this happens, prices of commodities rise, your currency becomes weak against major reserve currencies,” argues Kunkuyu.

In June this year, Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa also took a swipe at President Chakwera; accusing him of having no clue at all on what it means to be a leader.

“Our circumstances as a country are very unfortunate because the captain of our ship is loudly sleeping on duty to the point of not knowing his job description,” said Nankhumwa after the Malawi leader had indicated he had no absolute control and power as many believe.

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