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HRDC demands explanation on fuel crisis

Human Rights and Democracy Coalition (HRDC) has demanded that the government should provide an explanation on why the country is engulfed in fuel crisis.

In a statement issued this week, HRDC National Chairperson Gift Trapence says the crisis has brought the country to a standstill, making the lives of Malawians unbearable.

“The current state of affairs is both alarming and unsettling, as the government’s inaction 

and silence on this matter has left the nation questioning whether there is any executive 

or political leadership in place to address this pressing concern. We find ourselves deeply troubled by President Lazarus Chakwera’s conspicuous absence during this crisis. In times like these, our nation seeks a leader who can provide explanations and reassurance that the government is working tirelessly to resolve the situation,” reads the statement in part.

HRDC has also faulted the government, saying silence exhibited by the government towards this crisis, along with various other challenges facing our nation, is indeed a cause for concern. 

People queue at a gas station to fuel their vehicles and motorcycles

He further said it was disheartening that amidst the long queues for fuel, the President and his Cabinet have chosen to remain silent, causing anxiety among well-meaning Malawians.

“As HRDC, we fervently implore President Lazarus Chakwera to recognize the gravity of the 

fuel problem and treat it as the national crisis. We urge the government to swiftly address 

the fuel crisis and alleviate the hardships faced by Malawians,” Trapence said, stressing that fuel is the lifeblood of the economy of any country and that the repercussions of the fuel crisis are far-reaching as it affects businesses.

He said Malawians are failing to perform their economic activities while livelihoods of countless people are hanging in the balance, and the time for decisive action is now.

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