America says Malawi is at a critical juncture

The United States of America (USA) has said there is more that needs to be done to ensure public reforms are practical and not mere rhetoric.

Palmer (L) and Chaponda toasting  at the reception

Palmer (L) and Chaponda toasting at the reception

“Malawi is at a critical juncture,” noted US Ambassador Virginia Palmer during a reception she hosted in Lilongwe to commemorate her country’s independence on July 4.

“There needs to be, as the President and Vice President have said, a change in mind set, so that the government serves its people, stays within its budget, and delivers the prosperity Malawians so richly deserve,” she said.

The American envoy said Malawi Government needs to do more to speed up the reforms processes.

“It’s now about delivering on that promise. If changes aren’t fully implemented; unless there is a radical overhaul of thinking, attitude and delivery; unless there is greater budgetary discipline and financial oversight not just at the national but also at the district level; Malawi will keep reeling from crises, whether caused by climate change or illegal deforestation or corruption. We will be assisting with flood relief when we should be celebrating record breaking exports,” she said.

The Public Service Reforms Commission is chaired by Vice-President Saulos Chilima and has since set targets for several ministries.

Palmer also bemoaned the slow progress of Cashgate cases and further investigations.

She said: “We look at the parliamentary order paper and ask: Where are the new laws that show government’s promise of ‘never again’ is a serious one?  We look at the flat budgets of accountability institutions and ask whether the pursuit of past and present corruption is really being intensified.

“Where are the seized assets? What are the consequences of bad audits?  Who is getting fired?”

Palmer said civil society organisations (CSOs), the public and the media ought to speak about reforms: “What does it mean in your rural clinic, at your office, for getting your business started?”

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation George Chaponda, who was the guest of honour during the USA’s 239th independence anniversary commemoration, said Malawi government is “very determined” to promote good governance, in the areas of fiscal and monetary discipline, and accountability.

“We, also continue to fight all forms of corruption. Our objective is to create an enabling environment, which will, in turn, help us further promote investment by both local and foreign entrepreneurs,” said Chaponda.

Chaponda said under the leadership Mutharika, Malawi will be transformed “from being a predominantly importing and consuming country, to a producing and exporting country.”

He expressed gratitude to United States of America for the continued assistance that has been rendered to Malawi in various sectors, such as governance, capacity building, peace and security.

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23 thoughts on “America says Malawi is at a critical juncture”

  1. Mwaipopo says:

    mmmmmmmmmHHHHHH! America this, America that ! Nyasi basi! osamangopita ku America ko bwanji? Nanga muudzatani kuno?mxii! za zii!

  2. stewart says:

    this man is a big fool,azatiluzisa ameneyu

  3. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    It is good the message is being told to another most corrupt person Chaponda , may be he can hear it by himself right away there.

  4. Maida says:

    Malawi people must wake up. Rosanangovera Zili zonse

  5. Rodgers Banda says:

    Deforestation has made government confers a desert and nothing can be done by these hyenas to correct the situation. The only solution is to remove it by force.

  6. Indeed Chaponda be comenting what is truth a bout the malawi situation at present.

  7. Mwama Du says:

    Azungu calling a spade by its name. Iam always saying peter and dpp are good on paper. Nothing tangible is happening on the ground.

  8. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    You can’t get any sense from people like Quota System Chaponda who are ugly in the face and in the heart!! Don’t waste time and energy with them. They corrupt themselves. Asaaaaaa!!!

  9. OBSERVER says:

    PALMER YOUR COUNTRY (AMERICA) IS NOT HELPFUL (YOU TALK TOO MUCH BUT DOES NOTHING). YOU ARE BUSY FUNDING WAR GROUPS (WITH BILLIONS) IN IRAQ, SYRIA, AFGANISTAN ETC. YOU HATE & WANT TO PANISH PEACEFUL COUNTRIES – YOUR ADVICE WILL NOT HELP; PIN THOSE YOU ARE DINING WITH.

  10. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    You can’t get any sense from people like Chaponda who are ugly in the heart and in the face! Shaaaa!

  11. Malawian says:

    Mk92bn cashgettes to rout out corruption. Thats mulstabation.

  12. I wonder these people understand what the ambassor is saying. It is a shame that all these past 51 years Malawi has been a less developing nation. Its not ordnary Malawians who are corupted but people in the government. They are selfish and shamesless evil people. What Peter Muntharika is saying is so shameful and insult to Malawians. He is taking or getting bribe in infront of people without thinking that is corruption. How can an ordinary man not bribe when the leader is taking bribe from Asian businessmen. Malawians have to be blamed. They sit quite clapping hands at these old michonas who come back to lobe Malawians. Look at Grece. They dont tolerant nonsese. You call Malawi democratic nation? What right do you have ? Its only churches who can help you. Its cowardness.

  13. Omex70 says:

    Chaponda be ashamed of yourself. You better keep your stupid mouth quite otherwise you are arousing anger in our hearts when you are foolishly saying “We are also fighting any form of corruption.” How can you fight corruption when yourself and your clueless leader are corrupt? Selling MSB dubiously. What is that?

  14. Idulusi Issa says:

    Enabling Majid Aboobakaar to continue looting? Chaponda, who do you think you are fooling, surely but yourself! N’ngulu opanda nzeru!

  15. Kenkkk says:

    Well said American ambassador. You couldn’t have put it better than this. Hopefully these dpp thieves will change for the better and sake of the country.

  16. Cashgate1 says:

    What needs to be done now is to kick out all the current leadership. It’s full of Madeya and lots of crap. They need to go and bring anyamata oti ayendetse boma ngati business, where everyone can be accountable and responsible for what he/she does. How do you talk of mitigating corruption, yet you are full of corrupt yourself? Malawi will be a joke till we change our approach.

  17. Mpoto says:

    What is America saying? I think America has lost its mind. Our economy will grow when right minds take over the government not these fools.

    America has been giving $2 billion to Egypt per year as aid, if that much was given to Malawi then you would have full rights to advise us. But you cannot do that now.

  18. OBSERVER says:

    PALMER THE CHAPONDA YOU ARE STANDING WITH IS BULLDOZING TO FAVOR HTD LTD. LET OUR LEADERS BE REFORMED FIRST (HE & CABINET) BEFORE IT GOES OUT. (THEY ARE CORRUPT & PEOPLE COPY FROM THEM) THEY HAVE SOLD MSB BANK TO COVER FRIENDS DEBTS & TO ENRICH CLONIES. ONLY LAST WEEK TO TODAY THEY HAVE BLOWN MK300 MILLION

  19. maganizo anga says:

    importing and consuming mpaka kale kale ,, producing and exporting ndimaloto chabe, atsogoleri athu ndi odziunjikila okha chuma osati kuthandiza dziko ayi

  20. Alungwana says:

    How do we expect a corrupt president to stamp out corruption? The first step MUST BE his resignation.

  21. But life goes on….

  22. Saiton Phiri says:

    Our government needs a serious elimination of corruption to U-turn poverty among us citizens.

  23. Man says:

    you are a disgrace to this nation Chaponda. You are the one starting corruption by opressing ODPP staff, now what are you talking about! chimunthu chachikulu kupanda manyazi! ndevu zonsezo koma kumanamabe!

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