Chaponda stirs up storm by mocking Malawi’s ‘poor’: Malawi flagship newspaper fault Minister over remarks that  govt is ‘happy’ with high maize price

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, George Chaponda, has provoked fury  in Malawi by ridiculing poor people by saying that the Peter Mutharika government is happy that maize price in Admarc markets is high and that Malawians are shunning the selling points.

Chaponda: Lack of civility by insulting poor Malaiwans has been faulted

Chaponda: Lack of civility by insulting poor Malaiwans has been faulted

Chaponda told a news conference in Lilongwe  oo update the public on the food situation in the country that government was happy that poor people preferring to buy from private traders because Admarc prices are higher than private , saying:“That’s exactly what we wanted. That is competition.”

Chaponda added: “The private traders will exhaust their stocks and the people will buy from Admarc. I don’t think the traders have enough stocks.”

But Malawi’s flagship daily newspaper, The Daily Times on Friday condemned Chaponda’s remarks as insentive.

“Mind your language, sir,” reads a title of an editorial comment in the daily.

The paper said it is “unpardonable sin” to insult the poor and the hungry, saying Chaponda has just committed that sin and that he prides himself for that.

It says Chaponda should have used appropriate words than mocking the poor.

“Everyone who still has humanity in them will appreciate and accept that Malawians are not happy with the hiked maize price not because they do not understand why government decided to hike maize price at Admarc, but because most of them cannot afford to buy maize. In simple terms, government is punishing its own poor peole,” reads the editorial comment.

It noted that Admarc has alway been the saviour of the poor people from the fortune-seeking private traders but that by raising maize prices, “life is hell for the poor Malawians.”

The paper faulted Chaponda for “celebrating maize hike”, saying he is “gloating over people’s misfortune.”

The daily called Chaponda’s remarks as “ regrettable hubris.”

“Instead of beong happy the minister should be regretting that he and the government he is in have failed to make life easier for poor Malawians,” the comment said.

Chaponda has been advised to stop being foul mouthed when Malawians are hungry, pointing out that hungry people are always angry.

Meanwhile, Chaponda told journalist that number of people requiring food assistance until the start of the next harvest has risen from 6.5 million to 6.7 million.

“After the first phase, it was discovered that 6.5 million people are food insecure, but recently Mvac conducted another study and discovered an additional 200 000 food insecure people,” said Chaponda.

However, Chaponda assured the nation that there is enough maize to take the country up to March next year.

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11 thoughts on “Chaponda stirs up storm by mocking Malawi’s ‘poor’: Malawi flagship newspaper fault Minister over remarks that  govt is ‘happy’ with high maize price”

  1. Pax Romana says:

    The guy is just Educated but NOT CIVILIZED.

  2. Zoona zake says:

    I would appreciate if the Honorable’s remarks were uttered like “THE GOVERNMENT IS HAPPY THAT MAIZE IS AVAILABLE IN ALL ADMARCH DEPOTS TO ENABLE EVERY MALAWIAN TO BUY AT A COMPETATIVE PRICE UNLIKE IN THE PAST WHEN ONLY VENDORS WERE BUYING IN BULK AT A CHEAPER PRICE AND SOLD TO THE POOR AT HIGHER PRICE WHILE THE POOR WERE ONLY ALLOWED TO BUY 10kgs ONLY”

  3. winston msowoya says:

    It is disturbingly melancholy for Chaponda who is a Minister and also Muthalika’s die-hard surrogate to mimic our country’s population in the wake of supporting the government’s treacherous high maize price in the wake of Malawi’s ill-starred economic footing in the history of our country.This is the case when the President runs the nation on tribalistically oriented leadership.I have no doubts in my mind that Malawi will never reach the economic level that will kick-start economic revolution in our country.It is an open observation that President and his adherents are deeply involved in amassing unprecedented wealth while the overwhelming majority of our people looking and observing behind the fences.We have tons of brainy Malawians abroad with tremendous intelligence in their fields,but would not come back home,especially the Northerners who are intellectually sidelined and professionally oppressed by the ruling cliques who have been in power since independence 52 years ago and yet,they are blamed for everything evil.There is tribalism in Kenya for instance, between the Luos who are in minority from the North and Kikuyus from South-Central,they are in majority.The Luos are professionally intellectuals(scientists,lecturers,administrators,engineers while the majority Kikuyus are enterpreneurs,teachers etc.Eventhough tribalistically are not friendly to each other,they treat one another as Kenyans and Africans.Astonishingly,in Malawi tribalism backed by political and government leaders seems to have reached unprecedented apogee which is dangerous to our ounce peaceful WARM HEART OF AFFRICA!!!

  4. The beholder says:

    APM fails construct 5 universities & fails to reintroduce recall provision. It’s indeed the presidents haif way in his term without fulfilling what he promised in the manifesto . Inflation continues to rise & service delivery from Escom, Waterboard e.t.c overwhelmingly shattered. Nothing is working in beloved Malawi & the high illiteracy levels making it easy for greedy, rotten politicians to continue raping the fragile system. 577 billion cash gate scandal swept under Dpp decorated rug fooling poor Malawians with cosmetic reforms chaired by the Vice President! I believe 2019 is a defining moment for all Malawians & your vote is a battle between light & darkness. Destiny is at stake# uprooting the status quo# Brexit & Trump awaits #

  5. TrumpClinton says:

    Almost everyone now knows that this man is a devil. Sikuti ndiwonyasa nkhope yokha ndi mtima womwe. This is a fucked up guy who’s misleading APM big time to advance his selfish agendas. Satan must really wipe this man ass out of Malawi. He is not necessary, we don’t want him. He’s just an old, useless and devilish piece of shit.

  6. Mwananyanian says:

    Daily Times are being disingenuous here: they are presenting their own interpretation of what Minister Chaponda said.
    There is no way the minister would be happy with the plight of the poor. No way, as he’s simply not that callous. The key to his speech is “competition”: vendors now have competition in ADMARC, and that is good. No?
    Instead of chiding the Minister, Daily Times and their coterie should be commending him for straightening out the mess that was in ADMARC before he took over its parent ministry. And by doing so, he’s giving vulnerable Malawians a chance at life.
    He surely has, again, demonstrated his management skills, abale inu (ladies and gentlemen), hands down. Unfair criticism and jealousy may discourage capable individuals for a while, but won’t keep them down for long. Especially seasoned, capable politicians with thick skin, like Mr Chaponda.

  7. Issa says:

    Amwalira pompano uyu

  8. Mgift says:

    here is successor of pita u have heard hm.

  9. G Sasani says:

    To be honest gvt must consider the price of maize we are poor and we can’t manage to buy 12500 kwacha a bag of maize most of Malawian are very poor and unemployed and the lose of value of kwacha is burden plz dont kill people by making them fail to buy maize. Plz consider the price.

  10. HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja? says:

    This goat, ndiye ati akufuna upresidenti, udzalamula miyala ayise.

    1. cioza catha says:

      cinkhope ngati dzimwe eti vimitsempha mmaso, kunyada koteroko , nchenche youlukauluka paja siicedwa

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