DPP ‘in denial’ says Kabwila: Magalasi booed at ‘future of Malawi’ PAC conference

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokeswoman Jessie Kabwila has slammed the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) f or being “in denial” about citizens sleeping in empty stomachs, economic meltdown and healthcare crisis.

Kabwila:DPP doesn't get it

Kabwila:DPP doesn’t get it

Kabwila  speaking  at the just ended high-level conference of civil rights and religious leaders and academics, who met in Blantyre under the aegis of the quasi-religion Public Affairs Committee (PAC),  said denial over the maize crisis and economy slump is leaving the DPP government behind.

The MCP spokeswoman said it is an insult for government to publicly claim that there was enough maize when people were hungry because they cannot access the grain.

“I think for us to stand here and tell people that there is maize is an insult to Malawians,” said Kabwila.

The issue of food situation, particularly the availability of maize in Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) depots turned emotional as government tried to defend the situation at the expense of hungry citizens.

Government spokesman and Minister of Information, Jappie Mhango claimed there is  60,000 metric tonnes of maize in her grain reserves,  enough to feed the nation.

But Kabwila said government is not being honest on the hunger situation in the country.

“The situation out there is dire,” lamented Kabwila.

“If the maize is there, honestly without looking at colours or whatever, please get the maize into Admarc depots. There are things we can joke about, but seriously when it comes to the maize situation, that is a painful disaster,” said Kabwila.

Magalasi:  Booed for defending food situation

Magalasi: Booed for defending food situation

The delegates booed President Peter Mutharika’s chief adviser on economic affairs Collins Magalasi throughout his contribution as he tried to defend the food situation and authenticate statistics on available maize which he said was enough to feed starving Malawians.

“In total we have 50 500 metric tonnes [MT] of maize which has not been released to the people… People have decided to mislead themselves and this is about the maize that we are talking about, this maize is more than what we need,” said Magalasi.

However, delegates demanded government to prove that there is enough maize by making the commodity available in all Admarc depots countrywide and not promote an era of “spin” .

“Ladies and gentlemen let’s not beat about the bush. People are starving, there is no maize in Admarc markets, no medicine in hospitals, the economy is in dire straits, not talking of water and electricity. What more could we possibly want? This government has failed and it needs to go,” Kabwila said.

In  his presentation titled ‘Importance of agriculture to development’,  Cisanet’s National Coordinator,  Tamani Nkhono-Mvula  said: “It’s a pity that government is telling us that it has 60 000 metric tonnes of maize in grain reserves but an inside source has informed me that there is only 2000 metric tonnes.

“This is serious considering that we have close to 3 million people in need of the staple food. We are in a crisis,” he said.

Finance and Economic Planning Minister Goodall Gondwe said government is importing maize from Zambia and other countries to ensure that the citizenry have enough food.

PAC held a two-day stakeholders conference under the theme Defining Solutions to Economic and Political Direction in Malawi with efforts to find solutions to the problems dogging the country.

The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) made a recommendation that Mutharika should step down as Malawi President because he has failed to run the country.

But Presidential adviser on domestic policy, Hetherwick Ntaba, told the delegates to the conference to disregard recommendations, saying they were “baseless.”

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angoni
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angoni
7 months 4 days ago

inu president uyu alibwino musiyeni chifukwa akusokoneza ndi a pac komanso kabwira. Kodi apeter alakwitsa chani? Inu a pac pitani mukalalikire ujhenga wa mulungu osati kulimbana ndi boma.

Wamomuno
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Wamomuno
7 months 4 days ago

There we go,Magalasi says we 50.5 thousand metric tons, Japee put it at 60,000 and Goodall says they are importing maize from other countries,who is saying what here,kkkkkk.We are deep into the desert with these clueless golddigers. We there to witness your failures

Caucasian
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Caucasian
7 months 4 days ago

Die you religious hypocrites! Where is your saviour jesus now? You hate gays, you pray hard but still poor and miserable like “Satan” himself. Here we are in European, the land where we are throwing away meat like nobody’s business, yet we tolerate gays, don’t pray to that imaginary god we brought to you 100 years ago.

Mafia wakupha
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7 months 4 days ago

Onsewa akufuna maudindo basi kulongolola konseku ,Kabwila kukamwa kunalisa ndichifukwa chake umalongolola kwambiri kkkkkk

Tristan
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7 months 5 days ago

We have tonnes and tonnes of maize in the grain reserves. Bravo DPP!

Which reserve? What is it doing in the reserve?

People are starving all over Malawi and this ‘fairly elected’ government is trumpeting ‘grain reserves’ ?!?!

Honourable Ministers – we need maize in peoples’ houses, in their mouthes and in their empty stomachs.

We do not want maize in our ‘reserve’!

You are blaming ‘thieves’ ? Which thieves?

Please, look in the mirror, honourable ministers, and you will find the biggest thieves of K557 billion cashgate.

Then you will find the culprits behind our depressing shortage of maize.

sammy
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sammy
7 months 5 days ago

I think people like Magalasi are the ones who mislead our leader(the president).

S evie Chindiwo
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S evie Chindiwo
7 months 5 days ago

All the Politician are crooks. Resign is not a solution but ideas of disgrunted Politician and other organisations like Kabwila who is seen 2019 too let for her to get into Government to steal our hard earned tax money

Malinga Moyo
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Malinga Moyo
7 months 5 days ago

Koma Ntaba!

Nyasaland
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Nyasaland
7 months 5 days ago
Ngakhalenso MULUNGU ananena kale kuti ndizalanga ana chifukwa chamakolo awo. LELOTU A MALAWI TIKUVUTIKA CHIFUKWA CHA -KAMUZU- NDI BOMA LAKE LA -MCP. KUNENA CHILUNGAMO KAMUZU SANALIKONDE ZIKOLI. NTHAWI IMENE ANZAKE ANALI KALIKILIKI KUSEGULA MIGODI, IYE ANKATIWUZA KUTI KUNO KULIBE MWALA WINAULIWONSE WOFUNIKA, AKUTI ZILIMBIKILANI KULIMA CHUMA CHILI NTHAKA. PAMENE ANZATHU AMAYIKO ENAWO SINDIYE KUTI SAMALIMA IYAYI AMALIMA NDIKUMAKHALANSO NDICHAKUDYA KUPOSA IFEYO. LELO ZONSEZIJA MWAZIYIKA PAMUTU -PA PETER MUTHALIKA- MUKUYIWALA KUTI INUYO A MCP NDIYAMENE MUNALIWONONGA ZIKOLI. KODI MUKUWONA NGATI TINAYIWALA?? MUKUNAMATU DPP ILI PAMPANDO MAPAKANA KALEKALE, MALILE AKE INUYO A -MCP- MULAPE KOKWANILA. MUSAWONE NGATI MWABISALA TIKUKUWONANI. CHIMENE MUNKAZIWA NDIKUPHA… Read more »
International Observer
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International Observer
7 months 5 days ago

This is becoming interesting, is it not in Parliamentary Committees where there are representatives from different political parties we have heard rejecting certain appointments, not approving budget drafts etc. Where are those responsible for economy, Agriculture and food security etc. Should we be selective and be bold in discrediting the leadership and yet our party representatives are there doing nothing? This tendency of being subjective and not objective is what is killing any type of development in the country.

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