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Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Raises Concerns Over Malawi’s Socio-Economic Crisis

Malawi is currently grappling with a severe socio-economic crisis, and the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has expressed deep concern over the worsening situation. 

In a recent statement, the CCJP highlighted various pressing issues affecting the country and provided recommendations for urgent action.

Malawi’s economy is facing significant challenges, including the continuous devaluation of the Kwacha, high inflation rates, and inadequate measures to protect the poor from rising prices. The CCJP urged the government to take concrete steps to address these economic hurdles and fuel shortages.

The country is on the brink of a hunger crisis, with increasing maize prices and a shortage of grain in some areas. The CCJP called for the urgent revitalization of the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) to ensure the availability and accessibility of staple foods.

Malawi’s economy heavily relies on agriculture, making the AIP crucial for food security. However, concerns were raised about the procurement, distribution, and availability of fertilizers under the AIP, which threatens food security. The government was urged to address these issues promptly.

Effective and inclusive recovery programs were recommended to address the impact of Cyclone Freddy, particularly in the southern region. Coordination and collaboration in implementing recovery programs need improvement.

Despite anti-corruption efforts, corruption remains deeply rooted, and selective justice has become a concern. The CCJP supported the establishment of a special corruption prosecution agency to combat corruption effectively.

Recent incidents have shown restrictions on freedoms of expression and assembly. The CCJP emphasized the importance of preserving civic space and respecting citizens’ rights to express their concerns and demand accountability.

The CCJP expressed concern about the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi, emphasizing the need to uphold their fundamental rights and ensure dignified treatment.

Recent incidents of violence and murders in the country have raised questions about national security. The CCJP called for comprehensive efforts to investigate and address security gaps.

The CCJP’s statement serves as a call to action for the government of Malawi to address pressing socio-economic challenges and ensure the well-being of its citizens. The recommendations provided by the CCJP highlight the need for urgent measures to mitigate the crisis and promote social justice in the country.

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