Malawi – Civil Society Leads March Against Corruption
Malawians are demanding action by their government on corruption, with protests taking place in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu city and Zomba city.
Organised by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition, the demonstration has brought together various civil society groups to bring pressure on the government. Frustration regarding corruption has been mounting as various scandals have been largely unaddressed, including the theft of 4.2 million litres of fuel from the county’s electricity supply commission and a leaked report from the Anti-Corruption Bureau that allegedly details a $195,000 bribe paid to the President by a contractor.
Earlier in the year protestors gave incumbent President Mutharika 90 days to act on their demands presented in the form of a 10-point petition. They have also requested a dialogue with the President but Mutharika has thus far declined.
With elections scheduled for May 2019 President Mutharika has been re-selected as his party’s flagbearer but will be up against former President Joyce Banda, who recently returned to the country, and Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima who left the ruling party earlier this year in protest at the prevalence of corruption within government.