Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have called upon President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika to come out from his cocoon and address some of the challenges rocking the country.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (Cedep) made the call in a statement issued on Tuesday jointly signed by CHRR Executive Director Timothy Mtambo and Cedep’s Gift Trapence.

In statement , the groupings expressed dissatisfaction over Mutharika silence on various issues rocking the country such as growing strikes and the recent closure of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) premises countrywide by the Police.

“CHRR and Cedep are depressed at the rising number of industrial strikes in the country. Right now, ACB (Anti Corruption Bureau), Parliament, Malawi College of Medicine, Chancellor College, Mzuzu University among others have closed shop pending improved conditions from government”, reads in part the statement.

Commenting on the closure of ACB by the Police on Wednesday, CHRR and Cedep said the sealing of ACB offices by APM’s regime is another disaster –the worst expected of his administration and the grouping vowed to fight the move.

Speaking in an interview with the Press, Chief Secretary to the President George Mkondiwa justified the move, saying the closure is aimed at protecting files and other government properties.

Earlier last week, Minister of finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe rubbished the strike by ACB staff and urged them to go back to work.

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