Cabinet Ministers respond to Malawi CSO’s: Chaponda says DPP inherited big mess from PP

Senior Cabinet Ministers on Tuesday held a news conference to explain the current hardships Malawians are going through and responded to civil society organisations petition to President Peter Mutharika to commit as a matter of urgency the challenges facing the country.

Senior Cabinet Ministers at the briefing

Senior Cabinet Ministers at the briefing

The CSOs urged Mutharika to reduce local and international travels; expedite pursuit of justice on the murder of Anti Corruption Bureay (ACB) Director late Issa Njauja as well as other cases including the Robert Chasowa and the July 20 killings.

They further urged Mutharika to swiftly respect and protect media freedom in the country by, among others, resisting temptations aimed at gagging the media, and persuaded him to must sign the much-awaited Table Mountain Declaration, and fully support the enactment of the Access to Information Bill.

Cabinet ministers at the briefing held at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe responded to most of the issues raised by CSOs.

Some of the ministers who attended the briefing included Foreign Affairs Minister George Chaponda , Health Minister Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Education Emmanuel Fabiano, Minister of Information Jappie Mhango, Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe, and Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu.

Chaponda said President Mutharika will continue to selectively attend crucial international meetings and dismissed the assertions by CSO’s that the President took a bloated delegation to UN general assembly i n New York.

“The issue about United Nations General Assembly [UNGA] delegation was already clarified by the President, and he has not really been travelling with many people compared to his predecessors,” said Chaponda.

On water and electricity problems, Chaponda said government is working on the challenges regarding that, saying the DPP government inherited huge mess from the former People’s Party (PP) administration.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu tacked the issue of cashgate cases, and said government is not giving amnesty to anybody involved in massive corruption scandal.

Tembenu challenged CSO’s substantiate their claims that the DPP administration is shielding some suspsect in cashgate crackdown.

He said cashgate cases will get to logicall conclusion soon with a hint of further arrests that may involve much talked about ‘bish fish’.

Tembenu said government will table the Access to Information Bill in November this year. He said the bill will allow citizens in the country to access correct information from the state.

Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe said the looting of public money cannot happen now because all loopholes have been sealed at Capital Hill with agovernment currently able to reconcile accounts between the Accountant General’s office and the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM).

On the status of the local currency, the Kwacha, Gondwr said Malawi is doing fine to stabilise its currencyas compared to other countries.

Education Minister Emmanuel Fabiano said government needs another source of funds to improve quality of education.

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BRAJOE
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cHAPONDA YOU ARE A BIG FOOL BY SAYING DPP INHERITED A BIG MESS, YOU ARE A BIG LIER and you don’t even know what you are talking about. BINGU left a big mess and pp was just a stand by party at that time and JB fixed a lot of problems. DPP is a useless party ever.

Gerald mapanga Phiri
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All problems Malawi facing now is because of two reasons, 1. Malawi is a nation that believe in lies that’s why all winners are liars and manipulaters. 2. Malawians’ forget so quick politicians knows that. How much you suffer now when election is close they will borrow money just to stabilize currency for election after you will start over again crying for poverty

monte
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waist of time why the so called senior cabibet ministers try to fool us and blame the previous govt on the mess. Do they need some petients to tell them that they are sleeping on empty stomach due to food shame !! the same people u are punishing u will need them

Solobala
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It was the PP Government which inherited big mess from the DPP under Bingu. Do not fool us . Things were better in this country when the DPP took over. You are bringing back the the mess which was there during Bingu’s time. Joyce Banda managed to improve lives of Malawians within a short period of time. You are destroying what the PP built. There were no donors when PP took over but Joyce Banda managed to bring them back. Why are you failing to do the same. You are bringing back what you left – total mess. You guys… Read more »
Great King
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“DPP inherited mess”? We all know the mess, that’s why u were voted to clear the mess. If u didnt see any mess with PP govt why did u campaign to go into govt? to do what? Nde mukanangosiya osapanga campaign. In a campaign u mark failures of current govt and promise people to bail them out of problems. Inuyo munaonadi zofookazo kapena munangofuna kulowa m’boma basi? imeneyo ndiye ntchito yanu kaya.

Uisova
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PP is the one which inherited big mess from DPP, so Chaponda dont take us for fools. Stupid idiot u and your entire family of fools.

chakhalira
Guest

This Disaster Party Politics (DPP) will not help us. The whole Doctor and Minister seems not to know what he was there for. Abale, why show your dullness in public for the sake of shielding your president who has no clue how to run the government?. Munena za PP mpaka liti? In any case PP anakukhonzerani mabvuto achuluka munaapanga a Disaster Party Politics ( DPP). You just want to steal more and hide behind PP. Muzingoti PP, PP kwina mkuba.

Palibe soon and very soon your dirt will be uncovered

JENTTELE
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WHAT EVER THE CASE , MCP SHOULD STILL MAKE SURE THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE SUMMONED TO COME TO PARLIAMENT AN ANSWER SOME PRESSING ISSUES.
WHAT A STUPID STRATEGY BY THESE PROSTITUTS .KODI MUKUGANIDZA KUTI NDIFE ANA ?
ANYWAY , AM BETTER THAN YOUR DAUSI.
SEARCH ME !!!

Dominic
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Tigwire ntchito – osati tikasowa kabudula wam’kati ndikumati President walephera ntchito ayi. Amalawi tinazolowera kulandira zaulere – work hard for your destiny. Anzathu amaiko ena omwe tikukhala nawo m’dziko muno akuchita bwino chifukwa chani? Akulimbikira ntchito osati kumangolira titakhala pansi.

Njalayamalamuchiuno
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The Press Conference by Ministers has turned out to be a great disappointment to most suffering Malawians. Who in Malawi does not know that DPP derailed the country’s direction in their second term when they were excited by the majority vote? Which citizen doesn’t know that the pp administration brought in some economic relief to the country and exposed the much talked about cashgate? What the citizens were hoping to hear are the solutions lined up to sort out the current economic mess. The current DPP administration must be reminded that while pursuing the Mk20 billion cashgate they must not… Read more »
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