Forum for National Development (FND) has urged President Peter Mutharika and his Malawi Government to discipline and take action on the Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Grace Obama Chiumia for her role in incarceration of 14 NRB workers in Mzuzu. In a statement signed by Fryson Chodzi, Bright Kampaundi and Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, Mutharika should discipline Obama for being a disgrace to the nation for ordering the law enforcers to lock in NRB officers. “Hon Chiumia’s actions have disgraced the Government and DPP and embarrassed many that revere the name Obama who she idolizes. We humbly ask her to stop using this name which is a symbol of democratic Excellency and free speech worldwide. As a Minister, she should not have stooped so low to eavesdrop in a lawful assembly of young people who just wanted to discuss issues affecting their livelihoods.” the statement reads in part.
The forum believes that Obama went ahead and abused her powers to order the arrest of the innocent young people. The statement further reads “FND is appalled with the whole fiasco and fears that such abuse of power, if not checked, may escalate. How can the whole cabinet Minister forget that we are in multiparty democracy where freedom of association, freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are enshrined in the republican constitution; therefore any Malawian has a right to assemble and discuss issues affecting him or her,”
The forum says time and again Malawians have heard of how the young people employed by the National Registration Bureau (NRB) have been subjected to bad labor practices and not being paid on time. “We therefore don’t blame them for standing up for what is theirs. The Government and DPP must exonerate their offices and condemn the Minister. Her actions have put a dent on President Arthur Peter Mutharika’s team as it were. We believe the Government and DPP do not want Malawi and entire world to believe that the best they can offer is an overzealous Minister with no regard to ideals enshrined in the republican constitution.” reads the statement.