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TOUGH LITMUS TEST FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT – As NAP writes a communique on CSOs

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Civil Society Organisations operating under the banner of National Advocacy Platform (NAP) have written government a communique highlighting their modus operandi in the new government of Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.

Speaking at the press briefing Thursday afternoon at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, NAP Chairperson Benedicto Kondowe hinted that their communique which they have developed constitutes a number of things they intend to bankroll together with the government in making sure that citizens are not given raw deal in service delivery by the government.

He added that the development of the communique follows their CSO Governance and Human Rights Conference held on July 16, 2020 where all Civil Society Organisations under the banner of National Advocacy Platform agreed to engage government on how best the two can work together in making sure that all sectors of development work to the benefit of the citizens of Malawi.

“Our communique urges government to consider speeding up corruption court cases, operationalizing Access To Information Law, facilitating a speedy review of 2018 NGO Amendment Act on sections that are not friendly to operations of NGOs, act decesively and swiftly in resolving all outstanding matters on human rights violations and pilferage of public funds and other twenty (20) points aimed at making Malawi a better nation for everyone”, Kondowe narrated.

He also pointed out that a delegation for NPA is to meet Chief Secretary to Government, Zanga-zanga Chikhosi Friday afternoon where they are to brief government on what they expect from the new government of Chakwera especially on the point of Civil Society circle.

One of these deleegates to this Press briefing, Chandiwira Chisi who is Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Tilitonse Foundation highlighted that there were so many stumbling blocks in the previous regime which created a tough working environment for Civil Societies and he said their meeting with Chief Secretary to government on Friday will surely bring more positives to them.

National Advocacy Platform draws together over fifty (50) Non-Governmental Organisations prying their trade here in Malawi and the platform is working towards achieving their theme of Reclaiming CSO Civic Space for Effective Policy Change in Malawi.

In the DPP regime, Civil Society Organisations’ performance analysis had a mixbag of results as other organisations were seen conniving with some government officials to work with government in promoting government agenda which had no benefits to Malawi citizens but rather to those people who were getting money from government for their own benefits and this led to loss of trust in many NGOs in Malawi.

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