Bishops echo Kamlepo’s probe on tractors: Fisp ‘exit’ strategy

Bishops of the influential Catholic Church in the country have followed up the issue raised by Rumphi East Member of Parliament (MP) Kamlepo Kalua on the status of tractors bought using a loan from India in 2012.

Catholic bishops demand investigations on the tractors and shellers sale

Catholic bishops demand investigations on the tractors and shellers sale

Kamlepo Kalua: Why is it that senior officials from State House benefited from these tractors

Kamlepo Kalua: Why is it that senior officials from State House benefited from these tractors

Kalua asked Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza in parliament to explain the status of tractors.

In 2012, Malawi obtained a $50 million (K30 billion) loan from India and bought 177 tractors, 144 maize shellers, seed cum and fertiliser application drilling machines in a drive to mechanise farming in the country.

Kalua wondered why government sold the tractors and shellers to “senior government officials” when they were meant for smallholder farmers to improve farming technologies.

In a pastoral letter the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) released Sunday under the theme ‘Mercy of God as a Path of Hope’, read out in Catholic Churches nationwide, the bishops have also followed up on the matter.

The bishops said they are “concerned “about the conflicting reports regarding the whereabouts of the farm tractors and corn-Sheller machines which the Government purchased to improve agricultural production.

“We, therefore, call upon the government to investigate this matter. We believe that it will be an act of injustice to subject poor Malawians to the repayment of the loan yet they have not benefitted from the tractors and corn-Sheller machines,” reads the pastoral statement.

In the pastoral letter in which they have talked tough against the prevailing socio-political and economic issues facing the country, the Bishops also have called for long-term measures to be put in place to transform Malawi into a food secure nation.

“It is our considered view that Malawi is blessed with enough natural resources which if properly utilized the problem of persistent hunger will be an issue of the past. The good waters and plenty of fertile land lying idle are assets either underutilized or not used at all,” they stated.

The Catholic Church has also asked government to consider an exit strategy for Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) which many stakeholders have argued it was becoming unsustainable due to its cost on the budget, among others.

“We appeal to the government to reform it or develop an exit strategy. Whatever reforms the Government decides to undertake, they must promote the interests of poor people,” said the bishops.

Fisp reforms are part of donor conditions for aid resumption.

To become a hunger free nation, the bishops argued, government should seriously consider investment in large scale commercialized irrigation farming infrastructure.

“This will create an opportunity for many Malawians to grow crops at least twice a year. This we believe is the only way of making food readily accessible and cheap,” said the statement.

The church also challenged experts in the fields of agriculture and irrigation to design and promote policies and programmes that can make Malawi a hunger free nation.

“We want to point out that Government’s every policy and action should be measured on the basis of whether it promotes human life, enhances human dignity, particularly for the poor and the vulnerable. That will be a clear demonstration of the Government’s commitment to opt for the poor and the vulnerable,” reads the statement.

Signatories of the letter are ECM chairperson and Archbishop of Blantyre Archdiocese Thomas Msusa, ECM vice-chairperson Bishop Martin Mtumbuka (Karonga Diocese), Archbishop Tarsizio Ziyaye (Archbishop of Lilongwe), Bishop Peter Musikuwa (Chikwawa Diocese), Bishop Emmanuel Kanyama (Dedza Diocese), Bishop Montfort Stima (Mangochi Diocese), Bishop George Tambala (Zomba Diocese) and Monsignor Michael Muwowo (Mzuzu Diocese).

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11 thoughts on “Bishops echo Kamlepo’s probe on tractors: Fisp ‘exit’ strategy”

  1. Kika Kanawe says:

    Enough of Mutharika’s administration,let the doom’s day follow Mutharika and his corrupt government.
    T.B. Joshua’s propphesy will sure come to pass.
    I cry for my beloved country,Malawi.

  2. kaDausi says:

    Inu a Mzimu wa Mbelwa: tayijambulani tractor yo and seculate it pa Facebook or WhatsApp. That’s the best way to deal with corrupt officials. Osawasekelera iyayi. They are criminals.

  3. ineyo says:

    Ndiye mwati mugulitsane or kugawana the tractors and yet u stupid pipo kno pretty well that poor Malawians will pay for the loan.

    very wish indeed! I will ask TB Joshua to keep on giving prophecies about your soon enough deaths.

  4. Zanga Phee! says:

    Thank you Kamlepo if all Member of Parliament were like you Malawi wouldn’t be where we are now.Don’t get tired of following these sensitive issues.Malawi we are very far from behind until all this generation dies.See my name can you believe the whole Malawi police failing to trace the killers of Njaunju they are the same people don’t be cheated.When you done with tractors issue make noise about this death.See my name.

  5. mzimu wambelwa says:

    tractor ina ili ku Area 25c kwa Namaona mu housing area u can come n c it for urself this is no joke

  6. Nyoni Dzimbiri says:

    Just retrieve the Tractors to put them the right use

  7. Nangantani says:

    The issues raised as pertinent as they may look will never be investigated or acted upon by the government. Which government can investigate itself? Malawians, we are deceiving ourselves. We will continue to nurse such dreams as long as we believe the executive can check itself. It will never happen unless and I repeat unless the public protector which in our case is the Anti corruption bureau is removed from the control of the executive. Mind you government has vowed to stop any attempts to stop it from controlling ACB. Kamuzu was a mature politician thats why he bowed down to the bishop’s demands., or probably he was too old. Today we are in different season with much younger leaders as the prof. himself, his vice and the kasailas and the chapondas. Your guess is as good as mine.

  8. frank kataila says:

    Nde Muziti….Kamlepo amsngoyankhula…..si izi…….Thanks….Kamlepo for revealing such important leads of corruption, u are a true son of Malawi. Plz this issue should be followed up

  9. Chrispine Salanje says:

    Thanks Kamlepo for bringing this issues,let thieves be investigated

  10. Chimunthu says:

    The government must be well aware that it was a Pastoral Letter which led to the downfall of Kamuzu Banda, a man who thought he was President for Life! The DPP government thinks it will be in power until 2024. The future is never certain even for Professor Peter Mutharika

  11. Kaziulika Chimugonda says:

    I concur with bishops. Repayment (U$50m) is from poor people’s tax who have not benefited from the scheme. Govt. should investigate the whereabouts of tractors. The scheme is one way of reducing femine in the country

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