Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative (CDEDI) has ahead Southern African Development Committee (SADC) summit stirred to request SADC to address youth unemployment, which it has said, has reached crisis levels in the region, particularly in Malawi.
CDEDI’s Executive Director Slyvester Namiwa confirmed of the developemnt during a press briefing held on Friday 6 August 2021, in Lilongwe.
During the press briefin, Namiwa also mentioned other issues CDEDI intends to bring to the attention of the SADC delegates.
“We will present a petition on the deterioration of human rights in Malawi, whose leader, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, is the in-coming SADC chair. Among others, we will also present a concern on the situation in Mozambique, where SADC must ensure that foreign elements there, should not be allowed and that the country mineral and natural resources, together with the citizens there, must be protected,” Namiwa said.
Namiwa added that CDEDI has lined up joint press briefings with some like-minded Civil Society Organisations, and individual activists; presentation of petitions and letters to the SADC secretariat; and hoisting and display of placards and banners in strategic places, that would make it possible for both the delegates and the media covering the summit, to capture the messages fully.
CDEDI has expressed concern on the unattended notification it wrote the Lilongwe City Assembly (LCC), on August 2, 2021, to notify them about the activities that it has lined up on the day of the summit.
However, on the same, CDEDI said it is not surprised with Lilongwe City Council’s delibearte silence.
“We are not surprised with Lilongwe City Council’s deliberate silence, as such behavior validates our concern on Malawi’s worsening human rights situation, which is one of the issues we have picked on Malawi, to be put to the attention of the delegates to the SADC summit, so that a red flag should be raised on the same,” said Namiwa.
The 47th Southern Africa Development Community summit will be held in Malawi, from Monday, 9th – Thursday, 19th August 2021.