Center for Democracy and Economic Development (CDEDI) has accused the Tonse Alliance administration which under Lazarus Chakwera for taking Malawians for granted, as women took to the streets and march for their rights.

CDEDI said this in a press statement made available to Face of Malawi. According to the good governance grouping, yesterday, it joined the demonstrations against gender imbalance which were organized by Women Manifesto Movement.

CDEDI added that people were expecting that the Chakwera-Chilima government would engage women and have a clear conversation with them immediately after they took the presidency as they have been preaching during the campaign period.

“It was people’s expectation that President Lazarus Chakwera would invite the women rights groups to a round table discussion owing to the Tonse Alliance campaign promise of servant leadership,” read part of the statement.

Regarding to the development, CDEDI feels blameless, saying that aftermath of the fresh presidential elections on June 23, 2020, Malawians were sold a “dummy and they should brace for business as usual.”

“As it happened with the previous administrations, the new leadership does not inspire hope,” said Sylvester Namiwa who is the chairperson for the human rights grouping.

Namiwa further added that it is very unfortunate that barely after 3 months Tonse Alliance administration ascended into presidency, Malawians are already back  into the streets.

According to Namiwa, Malawians are not asking for favor, but they are longing for promises made to them to be fulfilled.

“It should be put on record that by going to the streets, Malawians are not asking for favor, but this is a promise Chakwera made to the people of Malawi that he shall promote women into leadership positions,” he said.

He went on reminding the Tonse Alliance government that it is bad for a government that has been beneficiary of demonstrations that advocated for adherence to the rule of law to begin paying a blind eye to the very same issues.

Among others, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), Women Lawyers Association of Malawi joined the protests which took place in all major cities across the country.

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