Chakwera hits DPP on ‘bad governance’: Malawi govt using MBC to vilify those holding dissenting views

Leader of Opposition in Parliament and president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lazarous Chakwera has bemoaned what he call poor governance under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), saying the Peter Mutharika administration is using the State Broadcaster MBC television and radio to vilify opposition and critics.

Chakwera: Poor governance under DPP rule

Chakwera  told Parliament that good governance is a prerequisite condition for meaningful and equitable socio-economic development of the country but  observed it  is the “most disastrous” in as far as DPP government is concerned.

In his response to President Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, Chakwera observed that the Head of State in his speech mentioned a number of success stories and on-going efforts put in place to improve on governance.

However, the Leader of the Opposition countered Mutharika by saying such efforts remain “sporadic, half-hearted, and a mere smoke screen.”

He said: “We bemoan continued delay in concluding high profile cases of well-connected criminals while at the same time ensuring expedience in fast tracking cooked up cases of political opponents.

“We therefore wish to reiterate our call that Government should assert its authority on stamping out corruption by prosecuting high profile cases of those politically connected, genuinely free the Anti-Corruption Bureau, free Malawi Electoral Commission, and conduct government business honestly, beginning with ensuring that the awarding of contracts is done in a fair, open, and orderly manner,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera took time to condemn the government for awarding a US$500 million to Khato Civil Engineers of billionaire Malawian businessman based on South Africa, Simbi Phiri for a water project in a dubious manner.

“The public outcry over the way Government mismanaged the manner in which the 500-million-dollar contract to pump water from Salima to Lilongwe deserves a credible response, not a defensive one,” he said.

Chakwera also expressed concern that DPP administration continues to parade chiefs, pro-government civil society leaders and church leaders on government payroll to condemn remarks of opposition and critics on poor governance and economic turmoil;

“The abuse of our esteemed traditional leaders, clergy and civil society members in order to water down genuine concerns of the opposition and those with good will for Malawi in pursuit of cheap political glory are further testimonies of bad governance,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera called for government to free traditional, civil, and religious leaders “from the bond of political patronage and allow them to concentrate on their noble callings within our communities.”

He said: “Parading traditional, civil and religious leaders on state broadcaster (MBC) to vilify those with different opinion from that of Government should stop hence forth as it is a waste of time and taxpayer funds.

“Malawians are intelligent enough to differentiate between mere rhetoric and substance and cannot be hoodwinked into believing that government is performing by listening to the propaganda fed panellists cartooning themselves on state television or radio,” he said.

Chakwera threatened to deny funding to MBC to protect taxpayers’ money from being abused

He further suggested MBC should be granted independence to operate truly like a state broadcaster just like South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) or Botswana Television.

“ Furthermore, the persecution of independent media for attempting to give Malawians the other side of story should stop since this tendency denies Malawians access to information as provided by the law,” he added.

While Chakwera was making his response to the Sona, his address was abruptly cut off during the Parliament program on MBC TV.

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Hatton
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Anathawa milandu yodya Ndalama ku Assemblies of God ameneyo, musamupope.

zaka
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spirit of anger,the guy need deliverance.palibe chamzeru mumakamba zoti ndingakuvotereni.

Chitete
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Bambo Chakwera, reform yanji yothamangitsa onthu wonse nkusalamo inu ni oMkanka? Ine dabwiiiiii

O Santhe
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TIMES Group and to some extent Zodiak handclpas for Chakwera and MCP while virifying APM and government, it is okay,, sugar sugar, manyuchi honey sichonchoooo?

mike mulumbe
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accommodating to dissenting views should start with political parties there should be intraparty democracy. within the MCP Chakwera is not practicing this, any one who opposes him is removed from his position I have in mind Jumbe, Kabwira, Chatinkha, and recently he has used district chairmen and ladies to counter Kaliwo and thery are planning to remove him. if he is doing this to party members how would we be sure that he would not do the same when in government ngati mukukanika kukhulupilika pa zazingono kuli bwanji zazikuluzo. shame on you for being hypocritical…

Maunits
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Can you compare Chakwera ndi Pitala. How can a real president say at a function, ndabwera kuzatsgulira ujeni. KKKKKK. We are in trouble in Malawi. President failing to mention msika wa fodya this is clear indication of matchona opanda nzeru. Can you hear accent of Americano like Obama from game changer Prof Lazarus Chakwera President of the Republic 2019.

Rudo
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So according to Chakwera, civil society, traditional leaders and religious leaders can only agree and be on the side of opposition leaders’ views/sentiments? They cannot agree with government at some point on some issues? If I can remember very well, Chakwera mobilised chewa chiefs to match against the Land bill, mobilised opposition MPs while deliberations were in progress in the last seating of parliament to receive petitions against government from chiefs and civil societies, is this different from parading chiefs/religious leaders/civil societies on MBTV if not even worse? At least we have evidence of who parades who to the public… Read more »
Oliver James Chabwera
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Oliver James Chabwera

Dr Chakwera says thumbs up when things go right the opposite is true

Omex70
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Chakwera is a big man. Those of you who feel pain he speaks the truth, you have the right to do so. But whatever Chakwera has said is true. We have stupid chiefs like Lundu, Lukwa, Kawinga etc who are always paraded on MBC to castigate those opposing bad policies of DPP led government. We have DPP-die hard here, people like Santana who do see evil in parading chiefs on MBC to castigate the opposition.

santana
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Just go back to church biggie!!! Your dreams to come president of this country will not be achieved. You have a limited number of people who affliates to your party. This number will not be added to any level as long as you are leading this party. The people who are dumping your party are many and by 2019 it will be a big decline. I expected that with that loss in 2014 you would have done something especially in the south so that you add to that of 2014 from the centre. I wonder why you dream of coming… Read more »
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