.2.0. OUR GENERAL IMPRESSION OF GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO THE PETITION
Your Excellency, following your government’s appalling response to the petition titled Time To Reclaim our Destiny, submitted to your office on 27th April, 2018, we, the undersigned members of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), along with all Malawians of goodwill, wish to register our utmost disappointment with your government’s response to the petition and the continued deteriorating state of governance in the country.
Your Excellency, while we appreciate your government’s efforts in responding to the concerns raised in our communiqué, we strongly feel your response falls short of offering any practical solutions to the challenges and concerns observed therein.
We have a strong impression that your response was not born out of conviction but rather to merely score a political point that we have a responsive government when in actual fact your government continues to take Malawians for granted as ably reflected in the casual approach you responded to the issues raised in the petition.
3.0. OUR REACTION TO GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO THE CONCERNS AND DEMANDS RAISED IN THE PETITION
3.1. THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION
Your Excellency, while it is undeniable that the country is besieged by corruption which continues to rob millions of our people a decent future, we are saddened by your government’s lack of political will to curb this malpractice.
Your insistence that your government is fighting corruption is not only untrue but also an indication of how detached you are from reality.
We are concerned with the sad reality that many prominent cases bordering on corruption in your government are not being investigated and that suspected culprits are not being prosecuted.
Recently, Malawians were shocked to learn that even you, Your Excellency, were implicated in the police food ration deal involving Pioneer Investment which deposited a sum of MK145million into an account to which you are a sole signatory.
While we note the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) has cleared you of any wrong doing in this matter, we are not surprised with the position by the Bureau as the graft-busting body made several puzzling statements in your defence ever since the issue came into public domain.
We were, for instance, puzzled by the inexplicable decision by the Bureau to invite a forensic expert to investigate the leakage of the report implicating you in the scandal even before those that were implicated were arrested.
It is ironic that the Bureau which calls on people to report, resist and reject corruption wanted to punish whistle blowers of corruption instead of protecting them.
Despite the Bureau’s insistence that you are innocent in this matter, we in the civil society maintain that you remain the prime suspect in this case.
We find the Bureau’s explanation that you did not directly benefit from the fraud wanting as you are a sole signatory to the account.
Additionally, the DPP, which is said to have benefited is not a human being that can be tried but the person behind the account, which is you, should be tried by a court of law to