Mzuzu, Malawians should expect misfit developments after May 21 elections, as most manifestos do not reflect aspirations of people at grassroot, Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) has warned.
HRCC Chairperson, Robert Mkwezalamba issued the warning in Mzuzu Thursday when he opened a one day regional consultative forum aimed at developing “The peoples manifesto” at Grand Palace Hotel.
According to Mkwezalamba, since aspirants never went on the ground to consult people on what they want, there is great chance that the developments outlined in their manifestos will end up being the opposite of what communities want.
“Instead of manifestos being developed from the views of the people, it is surprising to see aspirants informing the masses what they will do for them.
“You tend to wonder if the developments are for the people because the consultative process has not been done,” he observed.
Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande of Mzimba District said even though political parties are in the thick of things lobbying people to adopt their manifestos and vote for them, none of them made an effort to consult on what to include in the manifestos.
“I cannot remember any political party or leader coming to ask us what we want; they bring to us already made manifestos.
“The way things are now, I agree that we should not be surprised if after May 21 elections we will see developments that are not a true reflection of the needs on the ground,” he said.
“This strategy of bringing manifestos to people is not new, but we have seen that many aspirants hardly implement what they promise, as such, even if they promise gold, we find it hard to trust them until we see them honouring their promises,” he said.
This is the first of the four consultations HRCC plans to hold in the central, eastern and southern regions on April 9, 12 and 17, 2019 respectively.
According to Mkwezalamba, the consultations are aimed at soliciting views from Malawians on their expected areas of focus by next government or political candidates which will be developed into a peoples manifesto to be launched on May 1, 2019.
Source: MANA Online