3 October 2016 Last updated at: 4:38 AM

Muslims hail Mutharika for accepting to meet CSOs

Muslims in the country have commended President Peter Mutharika for agreeing to meet Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in order to find a way forward in addressing some of the challenges rocking the country.

Chairperson of Muslim Supreme Council of Malawi Sheikh Imran Sherrif has described the proposed meeting as a sign of maturity by the Democratic Progressive Party government led by Mutharika who is currently in the United States of America.

“It is a sense of maturity since government should not regard people’s criticism as interfering with its business. It is supposed to create conducive channels to listen to people’s suggestion,” said Sheikh Sherrif.


Muslims hail Mutharika. Mutharika taking part in a parade (File)

He added that the root cause of all the problems in the country is government taming cashgaters and not dealing with them decisively.

“Let government come up with the list of all cashgaters not selective nor in piecemeal.

“As Muslim Supreme Council of Malawi we urge government to take this meeting as the beginning of rays of hope and regard all discussion as part of constructive approach,” he added.

The Civil Society Organisations under the National Advocacy Platform Coalition of Civil Society Organizations and Network issued a petition to government in which they outlined some of the challenges the country is facing.

Government Spokesperson who is also Minister of Information Communication Technology, Malison Ndau confirmed that the president will meet the CSOs.

Malawi is currently facing many challenges including rampant and hunger which has affected over 6.5 million Malawians.

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