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Pressure Mount On Chakwera To Reshuffle Cabinet As Promised

Pressure Mount On Chakwera To Reshuffle Cabinet As Promised

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Pressure is mounting on Lazarus Chakwera to fast track a cabinet reshuffle, as promised. This comes as few weeks ago Chakwera in one of his national address did promised Malawians to make some alterations of his cabinet before end of this month, January. Slyvester Namiwa Executive Director for Centre For Democracy & Economic Development Initiatives CDEDI said Malawians are heavily anticipating such a promise with a week to go before the end of the month. Namiwa has however argued that Malawians should not expect meaningful changes of the cabinet having in mind that those in current positions are the ones calling shots over Chakwera in the running of government affairs.
Chinese Murky Work Raises Eyebrows As CDEDI Pens Authorities For An Explanation

Chinese Murky Work Raises Eyebrows As CDEDI Pens Authorities For An Explanation

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The murky work by the Chinese investors has prompted Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) to write city fathers to establish if at all Malawians deserve such a mockery in the twenty first century especially when compared to its actual artistic impression. CDEDI has since taken advantage the Access To Information (ATI) law to demand a copy of the building plan and designsthat were presented before the council for approval, complete with minutes of a committee meeting that approved the same. “We are looking forward to see receiving the requested information and/or explanation within the next seven (7) days,” reads the letter signed by CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa. Despite giving that is evident to be a raw deal, China Holdings is floating a...
CDEDI invokes ATI Law on Grand Business Park

CDEDI invokes ATI Law on Grand Business Park

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The Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI] has invoked the Access To Information [ATI] Law demanding for an explanation on the glaring artistic impression and the actual structures of the would-be Grand Business Park in Area 46-Lilongwe.The CDEDI says it is demanding a copy of the building plan and designs that were presented before the Lilongwe City Council for approval, accompanied with complete minutes of service committee meeting that approved the same.The organization says the Grand Business Park is a product of the inaugural Malawi Investment Forum that was held in Lilongwe in May, 2015 to construct the largest business Park in the whole Southern Africa Development Community [SADC] region.In a letter to the Chief Executive Officer [CEO] Lilongwe City Council with c...
Chakwera Creating Cholera Communication Chaos

Chakwera Creating Cholera Communication Chaos

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CDEDI Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa says it's total chaos Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives-CDEDI thinks the chaotic communication on suspension of schools opening in Blantyre and Lilongwe due to the ravaging Cholera outbreak could have been avoided if President Lazarus Chakwera saw the gravity of the problem and its subsequent required action in his New Year message Sunday evening. This follows media reports that some parents learnt of the sudden suspension after their children were already on their way to their respective schools in the cities; inviting unnecessary panic and extra costs. In a statement, CDEDI Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa argues "the president has abdicated his constitutional powers and that some unknown people are running ...
Tonse Government Using Police To Intimidate And Silence CSOs

Tonse Government Using Police To Intimidate And Silence CSOs

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A consortium of Civil Society Organizations-CSOs under the banner Action Against Impunity-AAI has described the latest arrest of some of their leaders, Joshua Chisa Mbele and Levi Luwemba and some people who were holding demonstrations in Lilongwe yesterday, as a sign that the Tonse led government is a failed state. Mbele, Luwemba and 31 others have been arrested following a fracas that erupted as people were marching to State House to deliver their petition. In a statement signed by Sylvester Namiwa of CDEDI and Leonard Chimbanga, a human rights activist, they are dismayed to note that the arrested individuals have not been charged formally yet some people who got arrested previously were charged upon their arrest. It further claims that police assaulted Mbele; destroying his ph...
CDEDI Wants Lowe Summoned As His Deadline Expires

CDEDI Wants Lowe Summoned As His Deadline Expires

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Amid uncertainties surrounding the Affordable Inputs Programme-AIP, Centrer for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives-CDEDI wants the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture to summon Agriculture Minister Lobin Lowe to explain this including availability of fertilizer as rainy season approaches. In a letter, CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa says they want government to come out clearly if it is proceeding with the AIP and the prices farmers will contribute towards purchasing the farm inputs. Again, CDEDI has cautioned the Committee against its alleged sit and watch approach on how government is handling the issue of ADMARC. The Committee is yet to comment on the matter. But a few days ago, Committee’s Chairperson Sameer Suleman observed that nothing was working a...
Cdedi Rebuke The Tonse Alliance Administration

Cdedi Rebuke The Tonse Alliance Administration

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Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (Cdedi) has rebuked the Tonse Alliance administration for the deteriorating socio-economic environment which has adversely affected many people. In a statement yesterday, Cdedi executive director Sylvester Namiwa said they have given government a 14- day ultimatum to address the situation, failing which the group will mobilise Malawians to call for an emergency meeting of Parliament. Namiwa: We are worried with job losses“Cdedi will be prompted to collect signatures to force the Speaker of the National Assembly to call for an emergency meeting of Parliament to save the country from complete destruction,” he said. Among other things, Cdedi outlined impending job losses at Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (...
CDEDI Given Malawi Police Service 14 Days To Provide Update On His Abduction Case

CDEDI Given Malawi Police Service 14 Days To Provide Update On His Abduction Case

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Sylvester Namiwa, Executive Director for Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative - CDEDI has given the Malawi Police Service 14 days to provide an update on his abduction case. According to Namiwa, it is a month now since he was abducted, but the Police has not released any update on how far they have gone with the investigations despite him sharing with them names of the thugs as part of the evidence. In a letter directed to Malawi Police Inspector General Merlyne Yolamu, Namiwa says he suspects that the Police are deliberately dragging their feet on the matter in an attempt to protect the suspects' masters whom he allege are connected to ruling MCP. "As I’m writing you, millions of Malawians would like to see to it that this matter is brought to its logical con...
MCP Behind Namiwa’s Abduction

MCP Behind Namiwa’s Abduction

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Members of Action Against Impunity (API) claim that some Malawi Congress Party members were behind the abduction of civil rights activist, Slyvester Namiwa. One of the members, Wells Khama, says Namiwa survived the attack with six scratches; two cuts on the right leg, two cuts from teeth bite on the right hand, two cuts on the outer throat, one cut on the neck, one cut on the left elbow, a stiff neck and a dislocated left knee. The group is addresing the press press in Lilongwe where Namiwa is in attendance and showing reporters some of the bruises he claims to have suffered.
Updates On Namiwa’s Abduction

Updates On Namiwa’s Abduction

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Picture: Namiwa after being discharged at a clinic in Lilongwe Police reveal they have so far visited all the places where civil rights activist and CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa is reported to have been taken to during his alleged abduction. Deputy National Police spokesperson, Harry Namwaza has told Rainbow Online that this is part of their on-going investigations on the matter. He says they will update the nation on their findings once their investigations are over. Namiwa allegedly got abducted by unknown people; hours before leading protests pushing for the removal of presidential immunity from prosecution in Lilongwe. Reports indicate Namiwa was later found in Nathenje. He claimed his alleged abduction was the deliberate ploy by the Tonse administration...