CDEDI demands action on election manifesto promises

Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has reminded the Tonse government that Malawians are waiting for the swift implementation of election manifesto promises.

CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa told journalists in Lilongwe on Tuesday morning that President Lazarus Chakwera should use his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament as a timely opportunity to assure Malawians about the implementation of his campaign promises.

“CDEDI is reminding State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera to seize the opportunity and use his government’s first national budget as a jumpstart towards delivering his administration’s campaign promises,” said Namiwa.

He added that legislators should also be vigilant in holding the Tonse-led government accountable by providing serious checks and balances.

“CDEDI is demanding parliamentary committees, with the help of the opposition MPs to wake up from their deep slumber and start exercising their oversight role which is a critical tool in the fight against corruption and theft of public funds,” demanded Namiwa.

Chakwera is expected to open the 49th Session of Parliament on September 4, 2020 in the Parliament Chamber in Lilongwe.

The opening of the new session will coincide with the opening of the Budget Meeting of the National Assembly to consider the 2020/2021 national budget. The Meeting will run up to October 9, 2020.

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