By: Caphus Limbie
Chairperson for the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Gift Trapence said Malawians are now breathing having booted out Former President Peter Mutharika’s regime on 23rd June, 2020.
Trapence said this during an exclusive interview with veteran journalist Brian Banda on Times Television on Saturday 15th August, 2020
Trapence said during former President Mutharika’s regime there was no democracy as witnessed by unlawful arrests that saw many Human Rights Defenders arrested on political grounds.
“The previous regime was a very cruel regime. Malawians became very tired that is why they demonstrated for 11 months.” Said Trapence.
Trapence advised President Lazarus Chakwera led government not to take Malawians for granted as the power to elect leaders lies in their hands.
“Chakwera led government should not take Malawians for granted as was the case with Mutharika because the power to choose who to lead them lies in their hands.” Said Trapence.
Trapence said Malawians were not happy with excessive plundering of government funds that was taking place during former President Mutharika’s rule.
Trapence asked Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director Reyneck Matemba to speed up cases of people involved in corruption whose cases have been idle for a long time as efforts to bring those involved in the malpractice to book proved futile as some of the suspects were members of the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).