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Civil societies protest against corruption in Malawi government.

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Civil Society Organizations under the banner of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have held a series of protests across four cities in Malawi demanding government action on corruption.

Hundreds of placard bearing protesters took to the streets in the capital Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu city and Zomba city.



The Nation Online news outlet shared photos and videos of a protesters in Lilongwe and Blantyre where the numbers are sizable.

According to the portal, issues being raised in the demonstrations are principally: government’s failure to address worsening corruption in the country and theft of 4.2 million liters of fuel at Escom – the country’s electricity supply commission.

Today’s protests are a follow up to similar incidents in April this year when the CSOs gave President Mutharika 90-days to act on a 10-point petition they presented to government.

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Reports indicate that even though the Lilongwe team planned to submit their petition to the president it was likely to be received by other than himself.

Attempts earlier this week by government to hold dialogue with CSOs failed because they refused to meet ‘junior’ government officers.

The CSOs had demanded to face Mutharika, his Ministers and heads of some parastatals in the dialogue, but Capital Hill (the presidency) refused.

Malawians head to the polls in 2019 with corruption being a top campaign issue. Incumbent Peter Mutharika is seeking a second and final term. His stiffest opponent will be former president Joyce Banda who returned from a long exile this year and has been elected to represent her party.

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EFF demands the sacking of South Africa’s finance minister Nene.

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South Africa’s political players are headed for a collision course over the fate of the finance minister, who the Treasury on Tuesday said is traveling to Indonesia for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting.



Pressure has been piling on finance minister Nhlanhla Nene to resign, following his disclosure to the state-capture inquiry commission, that he had met the Gupta brothers between 2010 and 2013.

The Business Day on Monday reported that Nene had asked president Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties as finance minister.

Ramaphosa’s office responded and said they were not aware of Nene’s request.

And on Tuesday, Treasury spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane said the finance minister was expected to arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday.

Nene is also expected to read the mid-term budget later this month.

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The news that Nene is continuing with his duties is likely to anger opposition supporters including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), whose leader, Julius Malema on Monday asked Ramaphosa to sack Nene.

In a written letter to Ramaphosa, Malema argued that the country, whose economy is in recession, had very serious challenges that needed a credible finance minister to address them.

‘‘Public servants at all spheres and levels of government will have no obligation to responsibly manage state fiscal resources under a compromised minister of finance,’‘ Malema said.

He then added that that Nene can no longer inspire much needed confidence to revive the economy.

‘‘The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)‚ which is supposed to be a statement to build confidence amongst all important economic role players‚ cannot‚ and should not‚ be delivered by a minister who was part of the Gupta criminal syndicate.”

For the EFF, Nene’s position as finance minister is no longer tenable and they are determined to win what they are now calling a battle.

Malema had threatened on Sunday that streets protests might be organised to demand for the removal of Nene as finance minister.

The Gupta brothers are accused of using their friendship with former president Jacob Zuma to influence government decisions including unfairly winning state contrcats.

Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.

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South Africa: Ex-minister reveals Zuma’s Gupta deals.

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South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Wednesday he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve contracts that would financially benefit the Gupta family, friends of Zuma accused of corruption.



Nene, who was giving testimony at a judicial inquiry into influence-peddling, said the main reason he was he was sacked was for rejecting a proposed plan to build a fleet of nuclear power plants. The project could have cost up to $100 billion.

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Zuma and the Gupta family deny allegations they colluded to inappropriately divert state funds.

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