From the office of the vice president,
Malawi First Preasure Group,
To the President of the United Nations General Assembly.
Urgent Appeal Regarding President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s Participation in the UNGA Meeting
We, the concerned citizen of Malawi and members of the Malawi First Group, write this letter to bring to your attention the grave violations of human rights and pressing issues that our nation currently faces. With deep concern, we urge you to intervene and advise President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera not to attend the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting until the critical matters within our country are addressed.
In recent times, Malawi has been witnessing a troubling deterioration in various areas of governance, causing immense suffering to its citizens. One of the most alarming issues is the blatant violation of human rights, as people are being arrested on political grounds. This unjust practice not only undermines the democratic principles we hold dear but also poses a threat to the stability of our nation.
Furthermore, our country is grappling with severe shortages of fuel and foreign currency, leading to economic instability and affecting the daily lives of Malawians. The shortage of fuel has far-reaching implications, from hindering transportation to disrupting essential services. Additionally, the scarcity of foreign currency has led to adverse effects on trade and the overall economic landscape.
The issue of hunger cannot be overlooked either. Many families are struggling to put food on the table, exacerbating the already dire poverty situation. This crisis requires urgent attention and intervention to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.
Equally alarming is the shortage of medicines in public hospitals. The lack of access to essential medical care due to this scarcity has led to preventable suffering and loss of lives. It is a dire situation that demands immediate resolution.
Lastly, corruption remains a deeply entrenched problem that continues to undermine our nation’s progress. Addressing corruption is pivotal to restoring public trust and ensuring effective governance.
Given the gravity of these issues, we earnestly request your esteemed office to communicate to President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera that his attendance at the UNGA meeting should be deferred until concrete steps are taken to address the aforementioned concerns. We believe that this diplomatic action will not only highlight the urgency of the situation but also emphasize the international community’s commitment to upholding human rights, good governance, and the well-being of all citizens.
We, the concerned citizens of Malawi, remain hopeful that with the assistance of the United Nations and its esteemed General Assembly, our nation can overcome these challenges and work towards a brighter and more prosperous future for all its citizens.
Thank you for your attention to this pressing matter.
Charles Ben Longwe
Vice president of Malawi First Preasure Group and Director of Human Rights Ambassadors HRA
CC Public Affairs Committee
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CC Amnesty International
Leader of Opposition Dr Kondwani Nankhumwa
Former President’s, Dr Bakili Muluzi, Mai Joice Banda and Professor Author Peter Wamtharika
CC Human Rights Defenders Coalition HRDC
CC America Emmbasy
CC United Kingdom Embassy
CC Germany Embassy
CC World Bank
CC International Monitory Fund IMF
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