Members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Grand Coalition have criticised the Judiciary for a purported slow pace in dealing with Cashgate cases.
The CSOs, under the umbrella body of the Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (Congoma), have said while the Judiciary is expected to promote transparency, accountability and justice, its role in the Cashgate cases is noted not to be clear.
The CSOs Grand Coalition, in a statement published yesterday and signed by Congoma chairperson Voice Mhone, said while the courts cannot be pushed to conclude cases in the context of non-interference with the Judiciary, there was a scenario in which Cashgate cases were handled with intentions to take ages before they are concluded.
Reads the statement in part: “We need responsiveness in the justice and Judiciary sector as justice delayed is justice denied.
“If only few leaders are left to do the work, it will not be possible to champion the cause for justice; therefore, all citizens must take up their mantle and get involved and engaged in the work on justice and better governance for mother Malawi.”
The CSO leaders also condemned opposition political parties for getting satisfied with people’s support without doing serious homework on alternatives to current processes.
On the electoral front, the CSO leaders said the endorsement of governing People’s Party (PP) candidates by chiefs during the “so-called” development rallies is worrisome situation considering that chiefs are supposed to be apolitical.