Chakwera says Malawi needs to reverse economic turmoil

Leader of the opposition, Lazarus Chakwera, has used his New Year message to say that only a truly caring and transformational leadership can exploit opportunities for a better and prosperous Malawi.


Chakwera: Gloomy future ahead

In his  New Year message, Chakwera piled on the gloom, telling Malawian that they face the worst cost of living crisis in a generation, saying “this festive season has probably been the most difficult ever, for most families in Malawi, due to lack of money.”

“The root causes of the economic turbulence Malawi is reeling from are well known. Most of them are man-made, and can easily be reversed,” said Chakwera

The opposition leader, who has vowed to fight for better living standards, said the welfare of Malawians has become the least in the government’s priorities.

He said adding to poor governance, a penchant for non-essential expenditures and lack of political will in the fight against corruption; means that Malawi should brace for continued poor service delivery in health, education and social welfare.

Chakwera also said there will be hunger, continued electricity blackouts, intermittent availability of water and a private sector that can no longer create wealth or jobs let alone produce enough to reduce our export deficit.

MCP president said the nation should brace for continued “skyrocketing cost of living,”  as families are struggling with bills that are growing faster than their income.

However, Chakwera said Malawi needed profound “change and that government must rise to the challenge in the year ahead” to prevent the country going further in the wrong direction.

“As MCP, we insist that fiscal prudence, better prioritisation, inculcating efficiency and effectiveness in the use of funds collected via taxes, and curtailing wastage and corruption; will all help to reduce budgetary pressure,” said Chakwera.

He continued to implore everyone to join hands in reminding government “on the need to improve spending efficiency and contain future spending pressures, within the confines of reduced support from development partners.”

Said Chakwera: “This should focus on spending levels, spending composition, and spending outcomes; for both development and functional spending (ORT).”

He said rationalised low spending levels, with the attendant budget discipline would thus ensure sustainability in addressing poor social outcomes such as high incomes inequality, poor health, and education service delivery.

Chakwera said other than demanding better governance, more prudence, transparency and maximum accountability; citizens should continue working hard by diversifying crops and diet.

He urged people to start conserving food and where possible making the most of the rains by engaging in rain-harvesting to raise the water table.

Chakwera’s message comes after President Peter Mutharika said in his New Year’s message that he is hopeful that the local currency kwacha will stabilise, more jobs opportunities will be created and new businesses will be opened in 2016 as Malawi moves towards becoming a producing and exporting nation.

Mutharika also called on all Malawians to be positive and start with a collective resolution to believe in themselves and in government.

Striking an optimistic note, President Mutharika said government started the journey of making Malawi a predominantly producing and exporting country and it is entering 2016 with the firm belief that investment is the new road for Malawi’s economy.

Mutharika said he is looking forward to a better 2016 where government will continue to create a favourable environment for private investments and development.

Reacting to Chakwera’s statement, government spokesman Jappie Mhango accused MCP of being “addicted to pessimism.”

He said MCP has been peddling its message of doom ever since it lost the 2014 elections.

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49 thoughts on “Chakwera says Malawi needs to reverse economic turmoil”

  1. Mark Saoneka says:

    Some of u are used to oppose everything that Chakwera says but know that always he says true facts. In his speech he has even outlined the way-out from this Malawi’s economic turmoil which others have read but deliberately ignored them. A good thing is that he outlines problems and give solutions. Reread his speech u will find the solutions. He is not on driving seat to give pple electricity, food etc no, but his role is just pinpointing a problem and give a solution so that the gvt shud act on that.

  2. mbwangalambwangala says:

    Thumb up Chakwera. Assured of one vote from mbwangala community in 2019

  3. MaiMai says:

    Same old story, it seems like no body has a clue in solvoing Malawi problems but anyone is good at reciting the very issues we already know like what Chakwera has done here???? What is missing is leadership and are you the Leader Chakwera? Show us NOW then, don’t fall into same trap of explaining problems that we already know BUT solutions are missing ! TELL US WHAT’S YOUR PLANS TO SOLVE THESE ONCE YOU ARE IN POWER PLEASE!

    Don’t remind us of the groom and doom that’s coming upon us, message of hope and solutions Abusa!!!

  4. Mwamadi Dzonzi says:

    Thanks Reverend for the massages on both the xmass and doon of new year. But next time try to be very objective ans sincere in your massages. Are you still not convinced that this country requires our all efforts and energies? The state President has outlined the couses of problems that the county has gone through during the year that has gone and every sane person can agree that some couses were m,an made while the other was natural can you not make statement that can really inspire the pipo of this country rather appeasement statement that shall take the country to a different level , running a country is complex. As government in waiting be realistic

  5. This is the best comment that the opposition leader can make.

  6. Quax says:

    Achakwera…Mungapeleke madzi,magetsi,makhwara,chakudya,maufulu etc kwa a MALAWI mosakhumudwitsa? mudakanika ubusa mungalithe dziko inu. Chilichonse anganene mtsogoleri choipa m’mapempheradi Achakwe!! komanso know dis,this is not 4 campain

  7. Mtsikana sachepa. says:

    Inde bwana!

  8. Toshi says:

    AJappi mhango mumvereni chakwera a kunena zoona paja certificate yanu ajapi munatenga ya mkulu wanu kodi mukufuna tikuyalutseni kuti mulibe MSCE ?dzipatseni ulemu

  9. Manga MM says:

    Achakwera ingopitani ku ubusa konkuja simungathe kuyendetsa dziko inu.
    Ma by election anakukanikani mukanawina ku zomba kuja tikanaziwadi kuti ndinu leader in waiting koma mpaka 242 against 8600 kaya zizakhalako 2019.
    Ku lilongwe ndi mcinji maviti simunathawane kwambiri ndi dpp pa by election amakhansala. Watchout abusa.

  10. Charles Tunthuwa says:

    Malawi government or Malawi as such a beautiful country does not need an old over seventy year leader no its such a serious mistake that kills our country. We need a young leader bellow seventy regardless being male or female. These old useless things are there to have last minute palace life so to dictate. Just imagine that the capital city of Malawi has no proper bus depot not even a taxi rank but one person spends k300 million for one overseas trip koma zotithandiza izo. Malawi needs a young fit leader who will not use the word nonsense for cover ups as this is an originally English for local American citizens in pubs.

  11. Pete Nyandoro says:

    I am not DPP, but Chakwera is another empty tin. He makes noise to impress us – all his arguments are purely academic and his noise is meaningless and ineffective . We need a leader who is pragmatic – this is why I am always convinced that DPP will win again come 2019 because we do not have an alternative government that can shake the present government to wake up. As a government in waiting MCP should be able to make this government think twice before it does anything. Chakwera promised the nation that MCP will force government to table the communications bill, but that never happened, How can people take you seriously if you don’t live up to your word? Unfortunately, you are behaving as if you are already in government or else Malawi still has a handful of educated people who cannot analyse what you say- that is why I am 100% convinced that you will never wrestle power from DPP, you are not a party to reckon with. DPP is busy studying your weakness and will capitalize on these weakness to hammer you hard such that you will not even be able to accuse DPP of vote rigging because they will win convincingly. This us exactly how Tswangirai of Zimbabwe used to do and now is jobless, he doesn’t even even have a Parliamentary seat. We used to see the opposition walk out of Parliament when government was playing games, but this is now history – be careful in 2019 you will also be history because young men are ready to take you on for a presidential seat at the convention and that will be the beginning of your downfall. Please begin to say something that will make sense to Malawians. Newspaper will remind you of all these failures and never say the media is decampaigning you. A Chair used to say UDF cannot have a political alliance with MCP and he woud rather spay doom into his mouth. His words haunted him when things got hot for UDP and starrted seeking an alliance with MCP. MBC reminded the public of what he used to say and and that jeorpadised UDF’s political chances.

  12. MATAKO says:

    Dont hate and shoot the messenger. Chakwera is right on! The problem we have is not due to lack of resources. But rather it is due to incompetence and unwillingness to fight corruption with all might. If Muthalika is serious about improving people’s lives he must cut of the wasted resources through corruption. 70% of our revenue is being cyphoned through corruption. Muthalika lacks political will and accountability to turn things around. we can not expect changes if we continue to do the same things again and again. Something must give in order to make a difference. In this regard it has to be the large presidential arm of corruption.

  13. chariots of fire says:

    Man of God, Malawi does not need to reverse economic turmoil but reverse spiritual turmoil. Malawi is spiritually bankrupt and you are slowly slipping into this deep valley. There is no single day you have spoken to urge Malawians to repent of the myriad sins so that God, the Chief Economist can make Malawians good spiritually opportunity locators to reverse what you call economic turmoil. Good man of God borrow a leaf from fire fighters who say attack the base of the fire to effectively extinguish it. I urge you to identify 193 places through out Malawi and preach the Word of God not politics with emphasis on repentance and forgiveness. Thank you. God bless you as you ponder over this free advice.

  14. Mngoni says:

    A cnkhuto mwalankhulatu. ….mwina amakunyambititsani kokhalira kuti mudzichemerera DPP as if your a foreigner…. Anthu oipa inu. ..gayism mukubweretsa dala zamkutu basi. …kenako muziti mukukwanitsa kuyendetsa dziko. …useless!
    Nyasi ife sitikuzifuna. …why is your called leader failing to make his stand on this gay issues akuopa chani. …mbuzi yachabechabe. I knew he had nothing to offer us….No wonder our economy is in tatters, no wonder ukuwaikira kumbuyo.
    Chakwera. ..All your saying it’s sensible….Atsogoleri enawa are failing to deliver. It’s shameful that as a leader all you can say is the situation in Malawi is pathetic because of previous government cash gate issues….so if previous government did steal money…..what have you done to bring about the needed discipline. …???
    We need to see things don’t just talk and refer to developments done by others as yours…We are not fools mind you and we are also watching 2019…..look at you….wake up baba…umbuzi basi.

  15. Mlomwe says:

    Lomwes are better to experience than to understand.Ngati pali mtundu owuma mitu ndiye anyapapi monga Pitala.Pano alomwe omwewo akulira ndi njala kikikikikikiki

  16. Zanga Phee! says:

    Good sound policies is what matters with our Leaders shall we have someone to implement?we know there is that tendency of blaming name games i found problems when i came into office they had bills so what?you know for sure running government is Jock it has its implication so why telling us those things,our job is to work up early morning on that voting day stand on a long queue then Mark your Name and stay with thank ink on our finger for few days.In a voluntary manner and good will for our Nation.But after two years we hear now issues not tissues,bla bla bla me and my government what what what nonsense.Please think where we are comming from where we are where we are going.Problems were there are there they shall be there for the rest of our lives.Now do just your best to save our tipical Malawians keep them busy let them smile at times.I can assure you Malawians they don’t need a lot they only need capital that is all.But leaders we are having in these years they don’t see this shame with all leaders who were in power who are in power who anticipate to be.See my name.

  17. Gift says:

    I wl only b impressed by mr chakwera if he can come up with solutions to turn around the economic as far as i hv bin followin hiz speeches;he’s just lyk an empty tin..jst noise and no solution..

  18. cnkhuto says:

    Dr Chakwera, with all due respect, how would you put money in peoples pockets if you were the president. Poverty of Malawians started 50 plus years ago and you and I mean nobody can fix this in a space of 2 years let alone one term in power. The first initiative is to put sense in Malawians that they should work hard in their income generating activities and being truth to their finances. Honestly, Malawians are lazy people, depended on gay countries and we lack self confidence. Its time we flush out Europeans and decide our own destiny. Dr Chakwera, Malawi os moving forward and wait and see what will happen in 2019. Your problem is that you believe in theories but practical you are Zero. You haven’t stopped campaigning but its time you and your party starts developing a party manifesto. Demeti.

  19. Sam says:

    If the government can see the positive side of this speech, it can learn something. There is substance in it but needs only poeple with positive and great minds to see.

  20. Mmalawi says:

    Dr Chakwere. Don’t prophesy doom. Bring up those ideas noting that the so called turmoil is also affecting your relatives and followers. The drought, which is not only affecting Malawi but whole SADC region, effects of cashgate. Effects of the floods, low water levels on lake Malawi. Some countries like Botswana have literally no drop of water on their lakes, rivers. And you claim you have easy solution?

  21. Dr Haswel P. Bandawe says:

    Hon. Chakwera and the MCP you are doing a good job in bringing the government to account on several issues. That is as it should be.

    However, consider two things. Statesmanship and clarity of alternative approaches to addressing the nation’s problems.

    On statesmanship, it should always be born in mind that there are some positive things that government has done. Point to those positive actions by government. Give credit where credit is due. Where possible, suggest ways that can improve the situation further. Blanket criticisms come across as unstatemanship-like or criticism for its own sake. That is not a good image for a potential head of state. Look at it this way, sir The opposition polled more votes than the Governing party. You speak for more voters than the President. Statesmanship is called for.

    Many ideas have been put forward by the Opposition in resolving the current problems. But the pronouncements have tended to be in general terms. As counter-proposals to addressing the country’s challenges, the ideas of MCP should be more clearly articulated indicating, the principles involved, strategy to be adopted, practical applications to be deployed.

    Take hunger for example. Irrigation has been on the table for many years, nothing is visibly done. How about building dams? How about use of yams and “matoke” or cassava; or mawere, lipoko, mbatata.

    Animal husbandry is another case in point, how about fish farming?agricultural field guides are no where to be seen; where they are seen they want bribes. This is fact!

    On employment creation, there is always talk of attracting foreign investment. What about encouraging local investors. What red tape is there in registering new businesses? What about tax rates? Etc

    This is the point, sir, the more the policies are well articulated the more convincing MCP will be seen to be a credible alternative government. Do not run into the trap of being seen as a nay-sayer or a pessimist. Exude confidence and positive stewardship. That will create hope, a hope that one day a leadership will emerge with the right solutions to the country’s challenges.

  22. ngongoliwa says:


  23. mbodzole says:

    Alibe mzeru uyu what do you mean when you say economic turmoil are man made. Who is responsible Chakwera don’t take us for granted, we do follow things be careful, term your tongue. I speak things but you got no solutions. we are tired of your noise, we have realized that you can not rule Malawi you got no brains aaasssssaaaa

  24. Mccarthy says:

    Mr. Chakwera you’re the one who suppose to be a president of Malawi, not this Muthalika, all malawians you need to open your eyes before is too late!

  25. yako ija says:

    Prophet of doom

  26. Felixgombe says:

    Umbava too much among politicians while poor pipo are still dying just because they can’t even get panadol from gvrnt hospitals, what a shame!

  27. Chigawaneni says:

    Reality on the ground is what Chakwera. Lets not think and say he is saying all this tear government apart. Our country will not progress. Lets learn to appreciate views of people even from political parties different from ours. The likes of Katsonga for example.

  28. william says:

    Chakwera please give them some tips how to stablise the kwacha as at the moment Goodall and Chuka dont know what to do they need your help

  29. murupale says:


  30. Sadly this is empty speech that has no substance. How much money is being wasted by each of the poor current government activities he is talking about? What is going to do differently? And how much will he save by doing what he thinks will work? What will he use that money for and how that benefit ordinary Malawians? Etc simple things like these would have made the speech more useful and offering more hope to Malawians than this. The weakness of opposition in Malawi is helping the government perform poorly has no one to complete with that people can see it as alternative or better

  31. Bright Mkosi says:

    Bravo chakwela

  32. ophiri says:

    akulu inu mulipo?

  33. Bongololo says:

    Lazarus Chakwera is the main reason why Malawi is stuck with that inept man known as Peter Mutharika. All the bluster he’s giving us right now, he failed to articulate while on the campaign trail just a few moons ago. I am yet to be convinced that things would be any different if that lazy bastard aka Lazarus Chakwera would have been elected president of Malawi instead of Mbuzi-ya-mchila Peter Mutharika! We’re screwed!

  34. Kumamvetsa says:

    The yapping jappie.

  35. Angel of Doom says:

    Words words words, meaningless words.

    Anyone that believes that the government is somehow not bothered by the woes that this country is facing, needs their head examining.

    People that care about this countrys suffering know exactly what is wrong with our country, and it is none of the things Chakwera has said.

    Chakwera is still campaigning, that is the problem.

    The world is in trouble, not just Malawi, there is prediction of an El Nino, does Chakwera believe that our fellow countries have a plan to combat that and come out scot free? There will be drought, hunger everywhere, flooding everywhere, and Rev. tells us it is easily reversed, he would have just talked to his friend God, (what an idiot)

    When will Malawians learn to differentiate between impending national disasters which require a knocking of heads and silly political rhetoric.

    Of course some of the problems are man made, but not by one man or a hand full of men, they are made by close to 18 Million people, felling trees and if we try to stop them, the likes of Chakwela come in with political rhetoric about how bad the Government is stopping people to earn a living, if thieving civil servants are suspended you cry foul at the same time you cry there is no medicines in the hospital (that is why civil servants are being suspended so we can have medicines in hospitals)

    Rev. Stop campaigning and be a leader of opposition, giving Government a run for its money in the right direction, not trying to provoke a reaction all the time so you can have something else to bark about.

    Parties in Malawi are a disgrace, I know for a fact if Chakwela was president things would be worse, but hee! we will never know.

  36. thumbwefu says:

    please people in govt show or tell us your plans which you have put forward inorder to change things on the ground. instead of being busy working you spend money on useless things like campains and the like. dont give false hopes to malawians, our problem here in malawi is neither JB nor Chakwera, leave these aside but work to change things. when you were taking governmnt kwacha was trading at K350.00 to a $ but now is close to K800.00 to a$, i dont think its source is chakwera or JB, the more you plan to defeat these two the more you miss your direction. remember you are on the driving seat so ask yourself why you are there? please check these people whether they are there to assist the government or not, Gerald Viola, Noel Masangwi, Jappie Mhango, George Chaponda etc. these people are busy in govt for their personal benefits.

  37. George Kamanga says:

    Jappie you remain a dead dog. You hate the truth. jappie you are part of the gangsters, monsters, robbers, murderers who are terrorizing Malawians because of greed.

    Can God work miracles to evil illegitimate leaders in govt??? it is a big noooooooo!!!!!!!. God in His Holiness He had never backed devilish and satanic leaders. DPP is a party full of devilish leaders but only false pastors and prophets are the ones telling that APM illegitimate leadership will see God’s Miracles.
    As long as God has proved to be Holy and Pure forever He will never back devilish leaders like DPP illegitimate led govt.

    God will never back leaders who compromise to accept devilish way of living that is by yielding to stupid and foolish white people demand to force Malawians to do abomination things (homosexuality). Malawi has the best riches if God can be the center point of direction for our beloved Malawi.

    APM the solution is simple just come open to the Nation and tell the truth that the leadership which you got was through dubious and evil way. And tell that you and your dogs in DPP you are part of the plundered K577 billion. Upon your confession openly then God in His Tender Mercies will pardon you and a new chapter will be open for Malawi.

    As pharaoh hardened his heart against the liberation of the Israelites so APM and his dogs in DPP are the same.

  38. Chigawaneni says:

    The truth on the ground is what Chakwera has said, not preaching doom. Thats what the local person is going through.

  39. utitiri says:

    You missed out Security in your New Year message, there was heavy gunfire around the New Stadium and Area 49 in the wee hours of this morning(2/1/2016). Journalists pliz find out from the Police.

  40. Blunt Truth says:

    Dr Chakwela is realistic in his speech. Peter Mutharika’s government is failing the majority of Malawians as the cost of living is skyrocketing.

  41. Frazer Gomani says:

    Chakwera is right I think he will be a good leader in 2019.

  42. The Most Concerned says:

    Awanso ndiye kaya awa! Mwayesa zaulere zochokera kwa Achristu? Musatichimwixepo apa! Ingobwelerani mukapepese ku Assemblies.

  43. Mtsikana sachepa. says:

    Bwana koma inu. Zidangolakwikwa kuti mwaumphawi ndi umbuli tidasankha molakwikwa. Koma ana a Mulungu sangakhalire kulira m’masiku onse a moyo wawo. Mulungu amalanda ufumu ndikuupereka kwaoyenera. Sizingamulake.

  44. Happening Boy says:

    Jappie, learn to respond to issues as a Malawian living in Malawi, look at your phoka people, they are in great suffering.

  45. Ayi zunthu suxili bwimo a jappiemhanho…its not aboit loooding election itd about goof governsnce,accountability trsndparency snd priotisstiom,nfimu mukuomomga civil servive..kumaba msana igmis ikusekelera…

  46. Malawi ndiwabwino ? says:

    In Mw we look at opposition political parties as devils and those in power as angels. In fact the word opposition means those who are opposing good that should have been done by the angels for the people.

  47. BigMan says:

    Barking, barking, barking, and barking some more….for nothing!

  48. Patriots says:

    Hon Lazurous Chakwera shows exceptional leadership whenever he exhales the unfortunate part this current administration is not a listening kind, it’s like giving pearls to a swine that will trample on the pearls truly pride kills and humility heals. Hon Jappie Mhango before you speak introspect the current economic crisis Malawi is facing not politics.

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