Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has called on President Lazarus Chakwera to take action against Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) Colleen Zamba following allegations that she pressurized National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) to offer fuel supply contract to a Nigerian Chief.
Speaking with reporters during a press briefing on Saturday in Lilongwe, HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence said Chakwera should address the allegations against Zamba.
“President Chakwera should address the serious allegations made against his Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) and also the SPC should step aside to pave way for investigations,” said Trapence.
The HRDC Chairperson also asked Chakwera to give a directive stopping senior government officials including Cabinet Ministers and himself from non-essential traveling both within the county and internationally.
He also called on government to work at sorting out all the teething problems in the distribution of fertilizer under the Affiordable Inputs Programme (AIP).
“Law enforcement authorities should take action against people who stand accused of swindling public money in the AIP fertilizer scandal
“We also urge the ACB to extend this safeguarding role to the fertilizer donations that Malawi has received from Morocco to ensure that deserving Malawians benefit from these donations.
“Should the government want to monetize the donations, it should be clear, concise and transparent manner with clear guidelines on how and who will benefit from the proceeds,” he said.
He then said that they will continue to monitor the situation and should they feel that government is slackening in addressing some of the concerns raised, they will come back to address the nation and advise on how they seek to move forward.
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