Chakwera says Mutharika inflating promises: Malawians having nightmares with DPP ‘government of blunders’

Malawi’s Leader of the Opposition, Lazarous Chakwera, was on a charm offensive on Wednesday in parliament during his response to President Peter Mutharika state of the nation address, saying it was empty rhetoric.

Chakwera (L) with Mutharika ar Palriament: Says cashgate wearing a new robe under DPP

Chakwera (L) with Mutharika ar Palriament: Says cashgate wearing a new robe under DPP

Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, did not hold back in his verbal attack on President Mutharika, saying he was leading a broken society for one year he has been in power.

He said the nation is under severe stress as a result of the numerous pressing challenges Malawi is facing.

“ I am overwhelmed by sorrow and commiseration for millions of my fellow Malawians for whom the last twelve months (under Mutharika rule) have given them nothing to smile about. The current plight of Malawians across the country’s 28 districts is the stuff of nightmares, and if their desperate living conditions do not keep us up at night, we have no right to call ourselves the people’s representatives or to call ourselves servant leader,” Chakwera told parliament.

In a hard-hitting speech, Chakwera said throughout the 44-page address by the President in the National Assembly for 90 minutes, “Government” was mentioned more than 180 times while “Malawians” were only mentioned 12 times.

“Rather than telling us the harsh realities that Malawians are facing, the President decided to bombard us with yet another litany of the bureaucratic machinations of his government. Many Malawians waited with baited breath to hear the President’s comprehensive assessment of the state of the nation and how Malawians themselves can be part of the solution to propel themselves forward, but all they heard was a public relations address about how busy Government is. But Malawians do not want a busy Government; they want a productive one,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera said the President’s address was “nothing new and nothing inspiring,” saying it was the same old song with the only change in date on which it was delivered “otherwise it’s a familiar tune.”

He said while the address was titled “Fulfilling Our Promises”, it would have been more fitting for it to be titled “Inflating Our Promises”.

Said Chakwera: “This is because even though Malawians have already waited a whole year (or 20% of the President’s term) to see positive changes in their day-to-day living conditions, on no less than 50 separate occasions in his speech President Mutharika chose to make even more promises of what Government will do in the future. The message from all of this is clear: Malawians who want a presidency that delivers real-time living standard improvements will have to wait.

“So today I stand with the many Malawians who feel vindicated in their continuing suspicion that this administration is more obsessed with occupying the seat of government than improving the long-term living conditions of Malawians.”

Chakwera schooled Mutharika that a president’s primary responsibility is not to be an executive babysitter who presides over and takes credit for the regular activities government engages in regardless of who is president.

“The presidency is for spearheading and leading a national transformation agenda that redefines the motives, the means, and the ends by which government functions,” he stated.

Chakwera warned that opposition will, therefore, never accept any measurement of the nation’s progress that has no correlation with the living standards of rural Malawians.

“Our people’s focus on seeing their living standards improve is the reason we are not impressed by the empty rhetoric of a President whose address was mysteriously silent about the missteps of his government of blunders,” Chakwera said.

Speaking about the 2015/2016 budget to be presented by Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe on Friday, Chakwera said MCP will not be party to a situation to allocate resources to various votes and then go home and come next year allocate more resources to a government that is unaccountable and lacks transparency.

“We must therefore first of all take stock of resources we approved last year and compare with the outputs against the plans which were the basis for the allocation of those resources. There is a tendency to allocate resources and yet we are still not making progress as a country. Government must be accountable to the people,” he said.

Chakwera said the opposition are not impressed by the promises Mutharika claim to have fulfilled.

“We are not impressed by the new promises you are making. What we want is not the fantasy fulfilment of the promises of our President. What we want is the real-life fulfilment of the dreams of our people,” he said.

The opposition leader told the House that it is no secret that this year Malawi will face serious food shortage.

“But it looks like those in authority are sleeping on the wheel. The crop estimates for the calendar year indicate a shortfall and no serious thought and plan has been put forward to mitigate and avoid the 2002 situation,” he said.

He strongly recommended the refocusing of programs to able farmers to produce beyond food security but also income and forex security.

“ Even as we speak government says it is not ready with final crop estimates when we are almost half year through the year. And at the same time you hear that government plans to import maize. How much maize for instance will be needed? Government does not know. We all know that there are farmers and business people in this country who have lots of maize.  Why is government rushing to suggest that it will import maize?  I know the reason! To allow the usual suspects to continue to fleece government with inflated importation costs. This is cash gate wearing a different robe,” said Chakwera in his fluent English in American accent.

He said the MK10 billion set aside to purchase maize, must benefit Malawians who have maize instead of importing maize from outside.

The debate on President’s address continues on Thursday.

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60 thoughts on “Chakwera says Mutharika inflating promises: Malawians having nightmares with DPP ‘government of blunders’”

  1. NKHOMA says:

    Nsanje yakukulirani apa abusa

  2. Mwamfunsa says:

    Selfishness dpp. Collecting tax payers money and squander, charging hevy tax on every item, but you r exmpted wen importng other goods. So if you not pay tax urself, where will your salaries come frm? That’s cashgate too. We hv tired with ths useless gvt. Plz change!

  3. Nalo Banda says:

    Nyasatimes, please give us a copy of Chakwera’s speech, PLEASE! Because that was the REAL STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS. Bravo Sir Chakwera!

  4. Amir says:

    Mcp woyee… its always been a goverment that has made significant change,since Dr.Hastings days…build hospitals.University,enawa nde palibe tikuwonapo…..anthu nde akuvutika…I feel very sorry..

  5. mary says:

    Totolitotoli it’s not his fault that you can’t pay attention to every detail.

  6. mosiowatunga mosiowatunga says:

    I am also rejuvenated with this Chakwera. go go go boss. I will support u

  7. Kaligo says:

    I hav now started believing that Chakwera will never rule Malawi……He is a selfcentre Human Being….He can not even appreciate a little thing that someone is doing…am not of any political side but honestly i have never heard the mouth of Chakwera appreciating anything from the current government. Is it True that the Government of DPP has done nothing since taking over the Govermnt??? Lets be realistic people…i dont blame Chakwera in pointing out the errors in the current goverment komano its too much moti palibe chabwino chimene wachionako mu ulamulilo wa DPP.???? Zikakoma tiyeni tiyamikileni zikaipanso tiyeni tineneni simulandu ayi but we all want a better nation. Koma this Guy you Call chakwera pa zabwino sayankhula ayi, and in my understanding yakula ndi Msanja o Chakwera awa…..

    1. Mccarthy says:

      Shame on you my friend!!! U just a fool, can’t u see where malawi is heading, but u still supporting these thieves.

  8. Totolitotoli says:

    Mpaka kuwerenga kuti Government waitchula ka 180 pamene amalawi ka 12 kokha mu speech ya Peter.Ayi O Chakwera ndilije nanu mau mukuchitadi checks and balances worth emulating. hear!hear!hear! only for this Chakwera you have revatilized my thinking,you are good!

  9. Jozza says:

    Chakwera ndi deal; keep the fire burning my future leader. Pliz fight against MSB gate.

  10. Nyampini says:

    i have never liked mcp but right hon chakwera u have spoken like a true statesman!

  11. Dr. Godfrey Ganizani Mvuma says:

    I support Chakwera, he is a Leader. I say it again, there is a clenche’ that says: “When leaders are leading, followers follow”. We have had leadership crisis in Malawi. We are lead by people who have no vision. Neither are they accountable to their masters – those who elected them into those positions they hold. Instead they behave like Masters and are untouchable. They are busy devising schemes of how to siphon the poor Malawians’ Tax payers money.

    Malawi is rich in resources, which could easily be used in its “Turn around Strategy” for the development of the country. We can easily turn Malawi into a hub of “Agrarian Revolution” and intensify with the “Value Addition” of the raw materials that we have and generate jobs for poor people. Please let us have a “Paradigm Shift” in our mind sets. Especially those in power. Do not only think of your political bed mates and those hand-clappers when it comes to really issues of economic advancements. Think of the betterment of the welfare of the poor Malawian in the remote places such as: Mwanzisi, Chulu, Nsanje, Chikwawa, Chitipa, Chintheche, Likoma – the likes of these. Please, those in power, let’s be selfless and strive to turn around the status of our beautiful Malawi. We cannot afford to be seen as economical underdogs to countries like, Rwanda and Mozambique. What the hell is happening to Malawi? All this is happening because of the leadership that in not visionary, but only focused on how to uproot and amass resources that are meant to benefit the poor and for the development of the country. Look what has happened to our Chikangawa plantation, who has benefited from this nation’s resource? You answer me.

    Only our Heavenly Father God can save us from this mess and change mother Malawi for the better. Read DEUTRONOMY 17:14 – 17. Hopeful Malawian in the diaspora.

  12. Gowampingo says:

    From The Hands Of God To Politics,ist A Sin Before God.There Is No More Favours From God

  13. Charombanthu says:

    Sweet and straight to the point. Dr Chakwera, that is what we call brilliance!! There is no mention of the immediate issues such as the looming hunger facing the nation (Malawians) in the presedents address which is what we expected as citizens. I salute you… Keep up the good work….

  14. ANALYST says:

    Anyone who is criticising Chakwera is a useless Malawian citizen! Malawians, lets stop the blind loyalty to political parties, and look at the bigger picture! Malawians are suffering, and we expect a govt that conducts “business unusual”. But what we have on the ground is the business as usual type of govt! Who can tell us where this country is heading to economically in the short and long term? What “unusual” policies/changes is govt bringing in the agricultural sector? Al we are hearing are the usual “dziko lino ndi la fodya ba’shiiiii”! Can govt identify another strategic crop, and prioritise on that to do govt business “unusual?”

    Chakwera has ably spoken – people are suffering in this country, and govt has to do something about these issues:

    a. Unemployment – community colleges on their own will not provide jobs; actually they will increase the number of people with employable skills; thereby worsening the situation!

    b. Agriculture – lets stop relying on this crop, it has failed this country. Since we are talking of shortly moving to ethanol-driven vehicles, cant govt priortise sugarcane (which will be used to make ethanol but also sugar? And this crop is less prone to drought, but can also generate a considerable number of jobs???

  15. Go on pastor! Blast these cock suckers

  16. MAN says:

    ambuye che peter samalani ndi nzanuyu muvutika naye ngati simusamala. the guy is a geneus and he will do the checks and balances for us the marginalised ndiye muchenjere otherwise you will be exposed.

  17. opportunist says:

    Chakwera ndi deal

  18. Madziakaphwa says:

    Za ziiii zopanda ndi mchere womwe. Inuyo nde mwanena chani chazeru a chakwera? A true hypocrit pharasee

  19. Achimidzimidzi says:

    My advice to Dr. Chakwera, is that this is the right time and right forum to say anything. DPP has MBC to discredit others or to cheat the nation. And parliament has very sessions in a year. And you can not say these issues during your party rallies because it will be inappropriate.

    So given this chance, you need to blast them to the core. All important issues, all relevant matters, and visions should be shared today or never. After all you’re not in government, you’re just advising them. By shouting or pleading with them is not an issue here but contents of what you say.

    Ngati akufuna Parliament itherepanjira kapena isadzachitikenso, mphakana 2019.

  20. Mweneku Muzi says:

    Its easy to oppose even real issues like wat Your chakwera but I tell you there z nothing he can do……………He will oppose,Oppose,Oppose and Oppose like Tembo FullStop.

  21. Tili Chenene says:

    Thanks for the “typical” leader of opposition feedback. MCP has too much to do. May be in 2024 the new generation will get a point from MCP. Not some of us who went through that regime! Vote yanga pa MCP mayazi

  22. Yankho says:

    Ine ndinanena kale kuti boma ilo. Ine ndikamagona ndimangolota za Chakwera. Boma ilo. Dr. Chakwera has schooled your president what it needs to de done when you are a President.

  23. Angoni apa Phata says:

    2019 ikuchedwa kuti afwitondowa, abwilibwisi,anyakuphathi,agwanya komanso anyalumbe, Astana,skins,kupha ndi kuwonongawa achotsedwe ntchito molapitsa. Amalawi tatopa ndi mavutowa. Abusa ndi dilu,,,,,,!!!!On the other hand Soldier has political maturity,,,, ilike u dude,.

  24. Alungwana says:

    Dr Laz as our CTU Jack Bauer

  25. Mathews says:

    this was comprehesive , Chakwera will be next President.

  26. tikhala says:

    Ndiponso a Chakwera does not go about kissing in public (zimandinyansa ine) and akazi awo dresses and behaves with alot of dignity and respect. I can’t wait for the remaining 4 years to rush thru. Ambuye chonde muzitigonetsa masiku awiri pa usiku umodzi tifulumire tithane nawo ma first ladies awa!

  27. tikhala says:

    Bwana Chakwera. suja mudalandira salary increase aMalawi ena akubvutika? Kodi izi zabvuta poti oday ndi onzanu? Inu mukazalowa m’boma simuzadya mwachete- pena osadziwa kuti ku account kwalowa zingati muja mudachitiramu?

    All said and done, this speech sounds more intelligent than the president’s and very realistic. Walk the talk too

  28. williams frazer Harawa says:

    But to say that the whole of the state of national adress is fake then thats un fair u need to knw tht malawians of tody are totally diffrent frm thoz u used to knw in the reighn of Dr Muluzi u need to critisise wher critisism is needed bt dnt tak gvnmt n malawians as somthn to play with, pple knws what is right n bad thats wy r able to vote, somtyms pple lose bcoz of wanting to cheat, nw if the president is lying in all wat he is sayn theN mr chakwera ll take us no where bcos iv cn hypocricy in u for example u said th gvnmnt knws tht thr ll b hunger bt its doin nothn yet the president said his gvnmnt has put aside 10billion for tht with tht shld we sy tht th gvnmnt is nt ready for th famine wat abt th colleges, roads. The only issue v agreed wth u is th issue of buyng maize frm abroad if its tru tht w v prenty of maize in here thn ther is no need to import frm out side countries since buyin it here ll also help our fellow business men.

  29. sajiwa Banda says:

    yes we are waiting 4 your turn.Pray for yourself so that Malawi will sound a song of praise

  30. sajiwa Banda says:

    yes we are waiting your turn.Pray for yourself so that Malawi will sound a song of praise

  31. Youn says:

    Kunena mwatchutchutchu osati mwa mbofyo-mbofyo.

  32. Tiwechete says:

    This Leader of Opposition is very tough. Your speech is far much better than the president’s. Treading where other people could not, without fear or compromise. You are my Man, keep it up.

  33. machete says:

    nawenso chakwela your speech in response to the president ,ndiyomweyomweyo,aaaah useless pastor.

  34. Bob says:

    Good speech someone must learn something.

  35. Suarez Gaba says:

    I did not that this Chakwera dude is such smart. He has literally punched telling holes in the Mutharika speech rendering it cheap as it were. I’m beginning to like this ‘black cock’ new head… Intelligent speech i have ever heard from a leader

  36. MELINDA says:

    MAYBE CHAKWERA WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.OSAOPA ANTHU AKUVUTIKA

  37. Patrick Phiri says:

    Chakwera opposing for sake of opposing. Don’t you have eyes to see? Useless leader of opposition.

  38. chakwanuleka says:

    This man is ten times better than the chuff we have at the moment.

  39. M'ngoni wa pa Ntcheu says:

    Mmmhhh! What a powerful analysis with full of substance and inspirations.
    Am conviced by your analysis Dr Chakwera.
    Bravo!!!!!

  40. zoona says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  41. Atcheya says:

    I like this speech, well thought and written. Can we get a copy of the speech if at all possible?

  42. Xenophobia says:

    Sorry for my beloved country, the poorest in the world,

  43. mayweather awoneka mu pariament imeneyi. Ife anthu akumudzi tikuvutika kumasowa cologate, mkamwa kumanukha ngati sitinavote nawo. Tsogolo la malawi ndi lakuda basi.

  44. chapathako says:

    Chakwera

  45. Wa oppostion opanda mantha uyu. Iwe ndi m’bbusadi osaopa. Ndavaso kuti unanena a president a : lier mpaka a speaker ati anthu apange ignore zimenezo. Mawu amodzi okhawo nthawei yonse walankhula 45 mins. Iwedi ndi dolo pa ndale.

  46. honourable says:

    Last year government thru admarc didn’t buy maize coz we had too much surpluses which means alot of private traders hv maize stocks, so why rushing to say will import maize instead of buying within? Chakwera u are real. Mbendera munatipweteka kwabasi.lol

  47. Makaiko says:

    Un fortunately it is not possible for a christian to fully understand & believe the contents of a quolan.likewise the muslim believing jesus as son of God.the same applies to chakwera, jese and compony.they will never appriciate anything done by pitala.is it relly true that the whole president’s speech was empty and your speech the opposite?abusa? Ma speech anunso amkhala ataliatali.kulalika kwanunso simodzimozi anthu mpaka kugona ngati amwa valium

  48. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    A Chakwera ndinu anthu. Zinazi iiiii ayi ndithu mavuto okhakha kungoyambira mkamwa mpakana dziko lonse… komaa.

  49. This is what we expect from opposition leader,and it is good time for us to measure opposition in this session

  50. Chikopa says:

    Mr chakweya why are you cotradicting yourself , mukuti president sananene za njala ndiye tikasika m’musimo i mukutinso chifukwa chani boma likufuna kugula chimanga kunja cha 10billion imeneyo ndi cashgate kulibwino chimanga agule ku malawi konkuno ena alinacho , bambo chakwera chenicheni chimene mukufuna anthu amve ndichani? Anyasa zimene analankhula bambo chakwera ndizimenezidi kapena mukuwaika mawunkamwa? Chifukwa enafe tachokapo pang’ono tinalibe mwayi omvesela , komangati Abusa achakwera alankhuladi izi aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  51. ujeni says:

    Chakwera is the real deal. His Presidency was delayed but he is walking straight to state house in 2019. What we have is a mistake of a president. 32% vs 68% musova.

  52. Yaulanda says:

    The opposition Leader has really spoken,people have maize within Malawi why rushing abroad.Your brother told us that Malawi has maize stocks that can last 3 yrs.And please don’t be tempted to inflate importation costs you be cursed.

  53. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawi is cursed

  54. Chipapwiche says:

    Poti sitima imaphweka akamayendetsa wina…. I expected honourable Chakwera to cite examples to support his argument on why he thinks Mutharika is inflating promises and his is a government of blunders. I find it nonsensical to cite the number of times government has been mentioned in the address as an indicator that it lacks interest of the poor Malawians. During this budget session,honourable Leader of Opposition,lead an opposition that is able to offer constructive criticism to the government for the benefit of Malawians. It has to be brought to your attention that we also see you just criticizing the government for the sake of opposition and to gain a political mileage. That’s not for now!! Help the government help Malawians

  55. Dingase says:

    The first ever speech in history that an opposition leader has ever produced which really reflects the situation at the ground than mere hand clapping which we have been seeing. Sorry for UDF as you will be part and parcel of the DPP regime.

    Congrats Chakwera!! You are our hope to deliver us from this yoke of poverity.

  56. Sapitwa says:

    What different could you do Recerend? In a country where donors stopped budget aid, where over R100b was found as deficit. In these circumstances, I say we are doing well, we have fuel which we never expected that we could have, we are sailing with community colleges, we are surviving with Zero aid budget, we have hope that hope that there is an allocated budget for maize imports in a country domestic production will be very low even those that have maize as put by the Reverend, internal distribution will still not be adequate, hence need for imports; let me school you!
    I never gave DPP government a chance but I can see that they are resilient.we have import cover we never thought we could have.
    What any difference could you make in 12 months given the same conditions? As an opposition Leader, I thought you could have your own speech which you could explain how you could tackle the present challenges in a practical way as much as possible. I could have taken you very serous but you are also just another rhetoric who has no alternatives.

  57. Kumapetoku wakamba zamzeru

  58. WANYA1 says:

    CHAKWERA U talk like a real visionary leader. U r the hope 4 our future but sorry u not at STATE HOUSE.

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