Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP ) has accused the civil society groups for plann ing a new round of nationwide anti-government pro test on 21 September when dialogue is in process.

MUTHARIKA: Under fire

Civil Society leaders have set September 21 as the date they intend stage nationwide vigils if no progress is made in
negotiations with the
government.

But DPP secretary general Elias Wakuda Kamanga, however, expressed reservations with the planned protests.

“We have grave concerns that while we are yet to start dialogue, the other side is starting to put conditions and deadlines. Our agenda tomorrow [Thursday] will include such aspects so that
we can see how to reconcile the two,” he said.
“It creates fear and
uncertainty since dialogue is an open process. But we are not going to pull out or abandon [the dialogue],” Kamanga added.

But civil society group lead
man in the negociations, Voice Mhone, all parties had agreed that four weeks was enough room to the government to
start addressing the issues raised in a petition given to the president on July 20.
Wa Mutharika is under fire
over chronic fuel and foreign exchange shortages and is also
accused of infringing
democratic freedoms in the impoverished southern African country.

The country is also targeting a “zero-deficit budget” unveiled this year in which recurrent expenses like government
salaries are set to be paid out of local resources.

Worsening donor ties and as pat with former colonial power Britain, triggered twin expulsions of envoys, followed by London’s cutting of direct aid last month over concerns over economic management and governance. @ Democrat

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