The Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have announced their change of agenda in the 20 point plan which was given to the government during the leadership of the late Bingu wa Mutharika.
Announcing the change in Lilongwe, the grouping said the change has come about following President Joyce Banda’s assurance that her government is committed to resolving the current problems facing Malawi.
Last year, the CSOs petitioned government to immediately address problems such as the shortage of foreign currency, fuel, political turmoil that characterized the day to day affairs of the nation, respect of the rule of law amongst others. This was followed by the July 20 national demonstrations which led to the killing of over 20 Malawians who took to the streets.
“We are pleased that that the current government has shown interest to address all the issues that we raised in our earlier petition. While giving them a chance, we will still play a watchful eye to see to it that these issues have been addressed,” said Reverend Macdonald Sembereka, one of the country’s activists. This follows a two hours meeting they held with President Banda on Monday at Mtunthama State Lodge.
According to Sembereka, the CSOs will soon convene to decide on the way forward on the presidential contact and dialogue group. The group was appointed by the late wa Muthalika and was headed by Bishop Emeritus Bernard Malango
On a related note, many countries continue pledging to assist the government in curbing the fuel shortage. On the list are Zambia with 5 million liters, South Africa with over 20 million liters and Tanzania pledging 2 million liters.
This move will bring hope to Malawians that soon queuing for fuel will be a thing of the past.