DPP ‘s Saonda rewarded for foul-mouthing opposition figures

A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) executive member George Saonda has been rewarded with a top and lucrative position in government for his outbursts and verbal attacks on key opposition figures during political rallies of DPP which were held last month by President Arthur Peter Mutharika in Thyolo and Ndirande, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Saonda: Director of Events

Saonda: Director of Events

Saonda was appointed as a Director of National Public Events, a very senior government position, for castigating leader of opposition Dr Lazarus Chakwera at the two rallies.

According to a source within the ruling DPP , Saonda has replaced Scholastica Chidyaonga who has since been redeployed to the Department of Disaster and Relief where she has been given a non-established position of Director of Recovery.

“The appointment of Saonda came hot on the heels of his unwarranted outburst against Chakwera at a rally which took place in Thyolo on 12 th July when he openly castigated Chakwera calling him all sorts of names in the presence of President Peter Mutharika who did not reprimand him when he took to the podium,” said the source.

The source said a few days later on 16th July, Saonda was rewarded with the position as a Director of National Events as a token of appreciation for castigating Chakwera who is also the president of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and a fierce critic of the incumbent president whom he accuses of rigging the 2014 elections.

The newly appointed minister of Information Jappie Mhango could not be drawn to comment on the matter saying he is yet to settle in his office as he has just been appointed following a cabinet reshuffle.

APM, as the president is called by his admirers, excited Malawians a few months ago when he revealed that he had approved a recommendation by the Public Service Reform Commission (PSRC) to have the powers of the president especially on appointment of senior public officials trimmed.

“As this was not enough on July 19 in Ndirande Malabada, Saonda in full DPP regalia was at it again, although he was already a civil servant, castigated Chakwera again. This is a clear violation of the rules and regulations of the Civil Service which stipulates that one is not supposed to be involved in party politics,” said the source.

The source said Saonda do not possess any sound academic credentials which can qualify him to hold such a senior position in the civil service but was simply rewarded because of his outbursts and that he comes from the same village with the President, Kamoto in Goliati, Thyolo.

“Contrary to APM’s pledge, when he assumed the reins of power, that he will not appoint people to public position based on political affiliations, district of origin, the trend has been the opposite. People from the Lomwe belt are being rewarded with lucrative positions in government despite having questionable academic background. This also defeats the whole essence of the much touted Public Service Reform,” said the visibly frustrated DPP official.

However, a human rights activist Billy Mayaya said the tendency by the president of appointing party zealots to public positions is retrogressive as it demotivates career civil servants.

“We challenge the president to lead by example. The starting point is that he should push in Parliament amendments to current legislation that gives the President absolute power in decisions including public appointments,” said Mayaya.

Mayaya further said the country can’t grow and develop if every decision is based on party politics instead of good policies, adding that Malawians have allowed politicians to get away with abuses for too long saying this must stop and for it to stop the president must lead the way.

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43 thoughts on “DPP ‘s Saonda rewarded for foul-mouthing opposition figures”

  1. Mbwiyache says:

    Nthawi ya alhomwe ino yanu ikazakwana nanu muzaonesa kudzindikira kwanu ena ndi aja athawa dziko lawo ataba ndalama zankhanikhani aja. Wanyau yekha nde zamuvuta akakhala mbenumbwenu nde angolira basi kkkkkkkk

  2. Spectator says:

    Alhomwe kudzikonda munya 2019 tidzakugwetsani tayamba kale kukonzeka. Saonda usamale tikukuwona udyeletu ndipo udzakhaula after 2019. Iwe ndi banja lako waku maula.

  3. Maximum Prison says:

    A std 8 of the 50s or 60s is better than a graduate of today. There is know education these days because there is no discipline in schools in the name of academic freedom. Therefore it’s better to have a standard 8 of the 60s as an advisor than to have a graduate of academic freedom. Hahahahaha

  4. Bwezanikoni vigololo says:

    Politics,indeed a dirty game.APM cant you draw lessons from your late bro? Chilima you went the wrong way my friend bola udakapitiliza kugulitsa yabooka nanga apa palinso za civil service reform apa,mungoyaluka nazo izi

  5. GOGO says:

    Zandikumbutsa Lemani CHIKAKWIYA KAPITO

    Zotsala izi !!

  6. chefourpence says:

    Kkkkkkkkkk atumbuka akwiya! Kkkkkkkkkk

  7. base says:

    Go at state house,you will find a primary school dropout advising the president on issues of national security and the whole professor listens to him.you will also find a form 4 graduate running whole affairs there and being deputised by a career civil servant with masters degree.this is what APM is all about folks.no wonder the country is stuck coz his obsess to shit around.

  8. Shuaib says:

    Kodi inu udindotu timapereka kwa anthu omwe angakwanitse a president aona kuti angakwanitse ndi iwowo nde pali chifukwa? Kodi nyasatimes mwagulidwa eti? Rubbish

  9. shaft ya mbava says:


  10. Gertrude says:

    Iwe 28 kuchenjela kotani? There 2 deputy directors there very clever and diligent loyalist to DPP Prosper Mopiwa and Vera Chilewani very efficient why not promoting one of them as director why putting mbuzi yotukwanayi. You think anthu sakuziona za chilomwezi.

  11. The reporter will also rewarded by Lazaro for his foul-writing. Yu will be Director of nyau party.

  12. mulopwana says:

    Tiye nazoni, munya muona!!!!!!

  13. Ine says:

    Msonkhano wina uli liti tikatukwane ife

  14. Mangadzuwa says:

    Ngongoliwa and friends let me be honest with you. If you think that other people are against theLhomwes for being appointed into public positions you are wrong. What I have personally said is straight. People should not be honored because of castigating other people.

    That’s ridiculous, an called for and unfair in all manners of fairness. In fact we don’t need people like you in this country. That’s why our Leaders don’t stay long in politics as a result of being surrounded with rotten minds like you.

    If you love this Peter Mutharika, you would not spare any single word of truth. I want you to look into his givernment and let your conscious be the best judge as to whether he us a leader or failure.

    I would also wish to advise you to read carefully the rules of this country if at all an appointed civil servant can take charge of a political podium. You dont need extra academic qualifucations to understand this, use your common sense. Cant you see that this boat is sinking? Cant you sense that something is wrong somewhere?

    Why do people like cheating on our leaders instead of telling them the truth? If thus trend doesnt change take it or leave DPP shall fall in the next election. Tell him tje truth. Advise him to make decisions and appointments that will continue beanding his name and survive the mantle but if contrary, you shall all sink.

  15. Truth Recognizes Truth says:

    By the way, both previous Directors of Public events, Mai Luphale and Mrs Chidyaonga never had great academic credentials. This is unfair on Saonda. They are appointed because of kuchenjera, loyalty and understanding of political masters, However some decency, ulemu, and ethics is a must, otherwise akuthamangitsa msanga ngati Mrs Chidyaonga.

  16. Gulugufe says:

    This guy is an un-discharged bankrupt, how can he be employed in the public service on such a high position!

  17. Achawa says:

    Comes 2019 Alpmwe mwanya nonse ku maula basi. Saonda Udyeretu chifukwa warrant of arrest yako chachita kale draft. How can an appointed cival servant take the podium at a party rally in Ndirande. Tikuonelanimawa

  18. Koma a tumbuka mwangolimbana nawo choti muziwe tinalibe presidential candidate from the north, nde msatiyike mau mkamwa kuti tikulimbana ndaku south,Ife tikufuna ufulu wamaphunziro zanu izo, odana nanu alipo baba, bola kuchepesa tulo.

  19. Dr Henzie Mussa-Chemical Engineer says:

    DPP does not see eye to eye with merit, integrity, fairness and humanity. Everything is done under narrow lenses of tribalism and nepotism. F……k

  20. jabulani says:

    DPP has a school of mouth fouling and the reputed teacher is Pat Kaliati, yet she always ha a rosary around her neck.

  21. Ameneyo says:

    PhD does not make one wise but should the truth be told it contributes to severe brain damage.

  22. Achawa says:

    Tiyeni nazo mwayambaponso.

  23. Kaka says:

    Ukayenda ndi mlomwe wayenda wekha

  24. Mangadzuwa says:

    When the integrity of a leader is questionable, his appointments are also questionable.Who doesn’tknow that Saonda is a man without sound academic background? How do we expect the President to appoint right people when he is even failing to make decisions for this country to move forward?

    How can the President appoint so many Lhomwes when in fact this country is for all of us? Is it only the lhomwes who have the mantle to manage the affairs of this country or because they are just failures? Malawians are seriously watching this failing leadership which is busy practicing politics that is not even compatible to Malawi?

    Does this President realise that it took the legacy of Bingu for him to be the President though in a very controversial elections? What kind of man isthis one who does not even recognise the people who branded is very bad image into a Presidential material? There are many capable people within National Public events who would carry this position better than this so called stupid and coterie mouthed fool by the name Saonda? Mr. president think about this seriously if you want to politically survive otherwise I see a looming destruction surrounding your throne. Avoid tribalism and regionalism. Appoint people who are capable and qualified and not otherwise. Ndangodutsamo

  25. namwali says:

    Kaya musolvenge God forbids

  26. ngongoliwa says:

    I am now fed up. Why is it that when Mlomwe is appointed, you look at it from tribal point of view. Why? You mean being related to the ruling leader , then the Lomwe no longer have national recognition.So you guys out there, since APM is Mlomwe, then all Lomwes
    1. should not be enjoying public appointments
    2. should not dare to join public bids for government sales like previous MSB sale issue.
    3.should not talk on public rallies simply because s/he is Mlomwe in the case of Saonda .
    4. should not create and accummulate wealth in the case of Ben Phiri.
    Atumbuka ndiye mwatotiyenjezatu tsopano.

  27. NN ONE says:

    DPP leadership is going towards doom how can the whole party agree to this appointment just because someone is foul mouthing at public events that’s bad.Someone was telling me that come 2019 DPP is failing apart I agree now sadzabelanso komano which party will come into power coz palibe chipani chimene chikuona ngati chanzeru muzochitika tafa basi

  28. Beast Msonda says:

    THE IMPACT OF JEALOUSY AND HATRADE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: The Case of Northerners and Southerners in Malawi

  29. mamwali says:

    Zikuchitika pa Malawi ntchitotu yofunika Mzimayi aikaa a Bambo nana msena uja anamuyamikila Goodall Gondwe uja sanamuikepo bwanji kuzikonda basi

  30. Congratulations chitsiru cha mmudzi chimzanga for being rewarded handsomely. None the less nawenso mapwala ako Saonda pomatukwana Dr Laz. Mboli yako ndi udindo Wako omwewo mpaka 2019 wamva. Umuuzenso Kaliati kuti panyo pake.

  31. Spectator says:

    Efe athu ndimaso time will tell and the trueth will come out.You can delay the change but you cant stop it

  32. Viva says:

    Theres never been a confused party in this country more than DPP. You might as well stop talking about reforms. You are bringing all these non established non civil servants, leaving people that have toiled and percevered in Government. You are sidelining pure civil servants, bringing people from outside to fill posts that they clearly deserve. You are creating chaos, hatred and adding on to a wage bill that is already too heavy for you. You are slowly politicising each Government department. Tikuonerani!

  33. Kalithera says:

    Iwe walemba nkhaniyi nawe panga appoint anthu ako. Iwe ndi chitsiru, tsopano umati anthu aku Thyolo wo ndiye asalembedwe ntchito, iwe , Mayaya , ndi enawo nonse abakha nokhanokha

  34. Thom Paul Duncan Nkalodzwa says:

    DPP, PP, UDF,and MCP imacgita zimenezo kumene. Chofunika pa Malawi ndimareforms eni eni. Izi nzosathandiza. I benefitted from PP’s genorosity. In the way things are, amene mungathe kupeza mimwayi kwina go ahead. Apa alhomwefe mulira nafe. Its our time. Ampoto tayambitsani chipani chany ndipo chikhale cha mphamvu otherwise myzilirabe till death do us apart

  35. anadimba says:

    zikomoambiri.simanditukakana eee?muonaso kuzonse zipitirira kuvuta kwambi…zikomoambiri

  36. sabata Fakufaku says:

    PHD yotukwana kikikikik

  37. Dr Palani-State House says:

    I said already that there is lomwelization campaign.

  38. captain says:

    Phd yakuti nawe iwe mxiii. Munthu opita Ku school amadziwika. Saulos alibe mphamvu or udindo mu DPP

  39. Njokasaweta says:

    Whatever you see in Malawi beongs to mhlakho was lomwe and we shouldn’t be surprised with this.

  40. Alufeyo says:

    Saonda has a PhD from Bolton University in Lancashire UK. His speciality is Effective Comminications.

  41. peter muthanyula says:

    Chipani ichi anthu ake okula mtima, otukwana, okuba, okupha, atsankho… It is a party of Satanism. Malawi is a cursed country ndithu

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