Press Statement

Lilongwe, 16th June, 2020


The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) would like to inform its members and indeed the general public that our acting executive director Mr. Sylvester Namiwa is living in fear after receiving death threats from suspected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) criminals.

On Tuesday Mr. Namiwa received a call from +265990754362 who according to the one minute conversation, indicated that was sent to deliver a message to Mr. Namiwa saying his days were numbered since investigations to establish his dwelling house, regular places he visits and the vehicle details he uses have been collected and they are ready to silence him.

The call was followed by a text message reinforcing the same from the same number which came at exactly 11:06hrs on Tuesday, 16th June 2020.

The matter has since been reported to the police at Lilongwe Police Station where a statement has dully been recorded.

Preliminary findings have shown that the number was registered in the name of Emmanuel Phili.

CDEDI would like to assure the general public that no amount of intimidations or threats would stop the institution from being the voice of the voiceless, since it is our belief that in every society everyone counts!

Finally, we at CDEDI would like to warn perpetuators of politically sponsored violence to immediately stop because soon or later they shall be held personally accountable for their actions. Their masters too are being warned against such barbaric acts which will lead to their prosecution.

BACKGROUND CDEDI is a non partisan, nongovernmental organization that was established in a quest to attain a well-informed and organized citizenry that can ably demand their social and economic rights at the same time hold duty bearers accountable for their actions.

Among many others CDEDI aims at sensitizing the masses on matters of national importance, inculcate the spirit of a peaceful coexistence among people of different ethnic, political and religious affiliations; provide civic education on people’s rights and responsibilities in economic independence and contribution towards national development and lobbying for the electoral law reforms.


Edwin Mauluka

CDEDI Communications Manager