Chakwera blames Malawi state of disaster to ‘gawky’ leadership

The main opposition’s Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president who is also leader of opposition in Parliament, Dr Lazarus Chakwera  has commented on Pesident Peter Mutharika declaration of  the state of national disaster following  hunger situation  due to persistent of floods and dry spells. attributing persistent hunger crisist o lack of political will toward eradication of problem despite huge investments on Farm Inputs Subsidy Program (FISP) .

Chakwera and MCP leadership at the news conference

Chakwera and MCP leadership at the news conference

Chakwera and MCP leadership was speaking in Lilongwe during a news conference to inform the nation on his tour from Portugal where, among others, he was handed over the Vice Presidency for the Christian Democratic Institute (CDI-Africa region).

He argued that most officials in government  have taken advantage of the program reaping public funds without putting strategic ways in addressing the challenge.

“Climate change whose impacts including dry spells, floods, heavy rainfalls are natural phenomenon which we can’t blame God for that. This is the situation all over the world but it’s the political will which cope up with these challenges.

“Why could the entire nation be starving of food with plenty of water bodies whereas irrigation farming can be Ideal for Malawi? But what we see, it’s huge investments in FISP which is marred with corruptions as most governing party officials reap a lot from the initiative. The unfortunate part is that they don’t take advice when we say the nation needs to graduate and put coping mechanism in addressing the food crisis.

“Therefore, it’s good news to here that the current leadership has succumbed to pressure of buying the irrigation idea as the way forward for this nation. Even declaring this time around a state of natural disaster, has come too late while those who could support starving families are far much to reach as were waiting this call long time ago”, observed Chakwera.

Chakwera was accompanied by Deputy Secretary General ElsenhowerMkaka, Director of Legal affairs, Peter Chakhwantha and Director of Elections, Maxwell Thyolera.

Commenting on tobacco marketing, Chakwera called upon tobacco buyers to consider increasing prices of buying the leaf at the auctions in order to allow farmers be able to repay their loans.

He asked the government to be at the forefront protecting the farmers.

Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) President Alfred Kapichira Banda recently expressed dissatisfaction over the tobacco prices on the first day of tobacco sales.

Kapichira Banda said tobacco farmers will not be able to repay their farm input loans.

“These poor prices coupled with the appreciation of the kwacha will diminish projected earnings of the farmer,” he said.

He said the tobacco farmer was growing tobacco when the kwacha was hovering around K1000 to a dollar saying which means they took the agricultural loan when the kwacha was trading at K1000 to a dollar.

However he said they are selling the tobacco when the kwacha is hovering around K600 to a dollar.

Mkaka wondered why the green gold’s buyers were offering low prices with high rejection rates while the same buyers were buying the crop with good prices in neighboring Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique attributing the same to poor leadership where investors dictate for this nation instead of the authority that be.

Chakwera has since called upon Government to find lasting solution over the problem.

During the news conference Chakwera also queried high interests rates by local bank.

This comes following reports that Malawi is ranked among ten countries in the world with high interests rate.

Commenting on state of the nation disaster, Chakwera asked government to speed up humanitarian efforts in order to lessen suffering of the Malawians in the flood-hit areas like Mzuzu.

Chakwera took time to apologise to journalists  who protested that the party takes them for for granted by keeping them for hours unattended to every time it calls for a news  conference.

For today, let me take the blame for the delay. I was held  up somehow on my way here. I was attending to some pressing issues I cannot give details on right now but I agree it was not fair holding you up like that.

“As a party, we are very sorry. We hope to improve on time management.” Chakwera said.

The news conference was scheduled to start at 10:00 AM, but reporters had to wait for almost two hours before  Chakwera came to address them.

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19 thoughts on “Chakwera blames Malawi state of disaster to ‘gawky’ leadership”

  1. Mchipeta Chatsika says:

    Two lessons to Chakwera: Climate change is human induced and never comment on issues that you are ignorant about as people may not tell the difference.

  2. rabson says:

    Monday coach!!!!

  3. Gogoda says:

    And some fools commenting here think the leader of opposition should be the one implementing solutions for the country otherwise he is a failure. Poor souls! And anthu oti kasukulu pang’onon adachitapo. Pathetic. And wina ati MCP apepese. Did MCP kill 21 people on 20 June 2011? Robert Chasowa? Issa Njaunju? K577bn? Who should apologise?

  4. santana says:

    Does Chakwera still believe that he can one day be elected as president for this country? Can he mention just 5 people from his MCP who can make his cabinet? PP should also produce 4 which it thinks can make a minister. The whole opposition combined has no members who can make something in Malawi. Be at that side of the august house and be trained how to run govt. 2019 is too early for you guys.

  5. pido says:

    Numbr 6 If you are not in the country the shauli yako. At the very beginning of Chakwera Term in MCP he apologised for the past of MCP. How many times should he apologise. Osangokamba popeza mwapeza pepala lolembapo follow the issues.

    Number 2. Read the story again so that you see solution already articulated earlier. He has just repeated what he told government to do

    1. koma abale inu eeh says:

      “No. 6” here: I am right here in BT., FYI.
      How about the compensations?

  6. Shoerubber says:

    Vuto lake bwana president Chakwera amatsutsa posaenera kutsutsa nkumavomera zosaenera kuvomera,, anabalalikanso ndithu mkulu ameneyo,, akulephera kuthetsa mkangano wa chipani chake ,, nde mavuto adziko angazatani nawo bwana amenewa, Ndivomelezane ndi onse amene akunena kuti Olemekezekawa alibe mphatso ya utsogoleri,, munthu akalephera kusesa nka nyumba kakang’ono sangakwanitse kusesa mu hall , zomawe akupanga abwanawa nkufuna kusesa mu hall .

  7. mayor kachoka says:

    Carry on honourable Chakwera I for one know better that u have good leadership skills even recognised by international geniouses..the only problem is that ur good advices fall in deaf ears which treats every advice with a political injection..no wonder the ship is sinking NYASALAND NO PROGRESS!!!!!!

  8. Seeing the comments on this forum it clearly indicates that DPP followers do not wish this country any better. If a mare follower behaves like this what will happen with Mr. Ibu, who does not even want to see Chakwera eye to eye?? Mr. Ibu can not take any advice from Dr. Chakwera. I remember during last year’s budget session in parliament, Juliana Lunguzi MP advised gvt to request Illovo to grow maize in their sugarcane farms in order to avert impending famine, the response from the gvt was pathetic. The responsible minister said the MP who’s near Illovo should approach the company on the same, really???? And today DPP fanatics blame MCP for not providing alternative solutions to the problems facing this country what solutions do you want apart from that, boma la agonthi iri.

  9. capitalist nigger says:

    Most of the comments are typical of Malawians. A nation without future and doomed. Our comments are a manifestation of our stupidity and how immature and undeveloped we are. No wonder our colleagues are wondering as to whether we are a country with direction or death..let’s assess ourselves and make comments good for the development of the country. Shame on us people without future but with party affiliations

  10. Phwisa says:

    Did Chakwera tell his supporters to start winter cropping to avert hunger or he want to be asking Government come January that the Government should give his supporters free maize. Why have you not blamed cashgate peple eversince it cameron out. O Chakwera mumaonekatu ngati munthu wa nzerutu muli ku tchalitchi. Timaona njokarunzi eti

  11. guarantor says:

    Hahaaaa natural disasters we blame the President my foot…….so if we start irrigation farmers will not need fertilizer wowwww. There is a conflict within you Bwana Chakwera…….u want the government to address the hunger situation as quickly as possible. I agree with you that irrigation is the way to go just like what the current government has been saying. This is a huge investment that will require time but after 3 months you will expect results and start making noise. Politicians you are nit honest and you are the ones taking our beautiful country backwards…..

  12. chimango mtanga says:

    remember you can’t take any advice from your enemy opposition is gorvement enemy,Chakwera you are best and good enemy of gorvement, dont waste your time ,gorvement will never listen from your advice

  13. koma abale inu eeh says:

    oChakwera needs to articulate his VISION of Malawi – a realistic VISION. He should not be fist pumping like he is The President of this country, holding court inside our main airport, KIA. Who does he really think he is? Mpando wonona (being President has some “fringe” benefits not available to anyone else; even leader of the Opposition! Asa.
    A couple of issues are noteworthy:-
    1. The absence of Ms Kabwila-Kapasula among the four so-called gurus of the Party.
    2. oChakwera is very quick to apologize to the media, but VERY reluctant to apologize to the public at large, about evils perpetrated by his Party – yes the same MCP of today – on them. What’s up with that? The nation still awaits a wholehearted and meaningful apology: all Malawians not just members of certain parties. No, but all all of us. And for the apology to be meaningful, it must followed with fair compensation. Even if that bankrupts MCP. Who cares? They should bring back the billions of dollars Kamuzu stashed away in foreign banks. Use that money to compensate us (baasi), to be sure.

  14. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Hahaha! O Chakwera ndimaona ngati ku Portugal mukukambako akuakupatsani u president kuti mulaweko, koma sorry akupakani chipele pakamwa ndi u VP! Wa pa kaliyala saimba belu!

  15. Patriot says:

    Even if Chakwera gave alternatives this useless government would not wish to implement because it’s MCP idea. DPP is running the show why not show is what they can do. This is the most useless government of all government in Malawi. Even Joyce Banda administration was 100 percent better. Even chickens know that they country is worse off today.

  16. kamps says:

    The same silly thoughts you blamed the devil for your sins in church,now you are applying in politicts. Chakwera you are not matured,really you don’t see the floods in the north?and you blame the HE? MCP is being lead by a salvage

  17. Shonai says:

    What a bout divisions in your party.The international airport should be spaired such a gathering requires a huge security whi is only accorded to country’s presiden t.You can do that outside the gates.Hope you are wise enough .One day you will wish to do it at the palace.Could be that childish with KamuZoo

  18. nyeliwa says:

    Blame blame blame. No alternative solutions. Press conference yomvera ana osapola pa mchombo ndithu.

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