There is a controversy between government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) as government is accusing the CSOs leaders of shunning a meeting government organised while the CSOs say they were not invited.
Government organised a press briefing on Tuesday after an interface meeting that cabinet ministers organised with the CSO leaders over the issues the CSOs raised last week.
The CSOs are accusing government of failing to manage the country’s economy, slow pace of cashgate cases and low standard of education in the country.
Minister of Information and Civic Education Jappie Mhango said it is very disappointing that when government wanted to have a face to face talk with the CSOs they chose to shun the meeting.
“It is very unfortunate that whilst government wanted to have a discussion with the CSOs they choose not to attend the meeting,” said Mhango.
He further said that the issues the CSOs raised are baseless as the raised issues are already handled.
Mhango asked the CSO leaders to make sure that they are conversant with issues instead of accusing government without basis.
However, Executive Director for Center for Development of the People Gift Trapence who was part of the petition sent to the president said the whole process is propaganda and they were not notified in time about the meeting.
“We were not invited, we were expecting that government should have given us a proper and official communication on the agenda setting of the meeting,” said Trapence.
Trapence further said that government knew that it was having a meeting in Blantyre but did not inform them and they only got the news through the media.
He also said that he wonder how government has managed to bring together the good number of the CSOs at their meetings when they are hearing that government is broke.