I beg to differ with Kapito: Opposition not to blame for Malawi economic turmoil

During the demonstrations to draw attention to the various economic problems rocking Malawi, John  Kapito, the Executive Director of the Consumers Association of Malawi(CAMA) said that the opposition is equally to blame for the economic hardships being faced by the majority of Malawians.

Kapito and a group of people taking part in the march

Kapito and a group of people taking part in the march

He singled out the Leader of Opposition in Parliament , Dr Lazarus Chakwera , whom he accused of neglecting his duties because he had been provided with a state of the art Prado motor vehicle. I wish to differ with Mr Kapito.

I differ with Mr Kapito on the basis of the following reasons:

  1. Those Malawians who keenly followed deliberations in Parliament during the just ended session to review the budget know that the opposition did a highly commendable job of checks and balances.

Government through the Minister of Finance and other ministers provided useful explanations as a result of probing questions from the opposition. Even some of the votes were adjusted due to the
intervention of the opposition. I do not recall any probing question from members of parliament from the government side including the United Democratic Front.

  1. The opposition both inside and outside Parliament plays the role of an advisor. Anyone who has been in a position of an advisor knows the limits of being an advisor. As an advisor your role is to give the best possible advice you can. An advisor cannot compel the person to whom advice is given to accept the advice. Thus while the opposition can and does give advice it cannot compel government to accept the advice. Government may or may not accept the advice. In the case of the increase of school fees government accepted advice and suspended the increase of school fees.

The opposition and any Malawian can give advice but at the end of the day it is government that must take and takes decision on any advice given. It is therefore government that is responsible for the consequences of the decisions it takes on the basis of advice it receives.

  1. As for the remark of a Prado motor vehicle for the Leader of Opposition may I point out that the State President, his vice, ministers and other top government officials have official motor
    vehicles to facilitate the performance of their duties. There is therefore no basis for saying that the leader of opposition has neglected his duties because of a Prado motor vehicle assigned to him
    for his official duties.
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Nangantani
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Nangantani
5 months 27 days ago
If you dont know Kapito is one of the guys swiming in money from DPP. He chairs one of the government parastatals. All he did was not out of his own volition. He was sent by his paymaster to demonise Chakwera and to glorify his boss. For lack an appropriate word he had to choose Pilate to describe the head of state as a compromise, otherwise if given the chance he could have named the president Angel Gabriel which could have drawn him the wrath of the masses. His hate speech was directed at Chakwera and not any other person.… Read more »
unenesko Nguwemi
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unenesko Nguwemi
5 months 29 days ago

I have liked this opposition very much it has its heart at Malawians.The opposition is good and government should appreciate very much.In 2005 the opposition was so strong and Bingu performed miracles in Malawi.That is why in the second selection he won with landslide victory.If the opposition is sleeping the government abuses its power.What follows is mismanagement.Because of mismanagement one does not want to step down because he thinks the new administration will unearth the evils they did

Vyantonda
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5 months 29 days ago

Kapita hands off Chakwera

Mweene a mamweene
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5 months 29 days ago

Kodi wamwa mankhwala waphankeyu guys? It seems the guy is getting mad, atola m’mabinitu ameneyu. Chakwera walakwa chani ase? Tandiuze

PKM
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PKM
5 months 29 days ago

Kapito who is Judas Iscariot among Injustice Maxon Mbendera, Injustice Kenyatta Nyirenda and Lazarus Chakwera.

If truly you are great intellectual in this land Mr Kapito you will tell Malawians the truth.

Woe to all who call DPP leadership good and legitimate for truly a day is coming when truth will prevail over evil.

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri
5 months 29 days ago

Kapito is right. Chakwera is power hungry. Instead of helping PP to unite, he is working with one faction, thereby further strengthening the division. Shame Chakwera, you will never rule Malawi. Ask JZU

bako
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bako
5 months 29 days ago

Yes amakomokadi ameneyu.

Binnwell Kachikopa
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5 months 29 days ago
Mr Kapito is blindFolded by DPP subjective poverty with very tribalistict and regionalistic cowardice thinking, let Kapito be aware God cannot be blindfolded, you cheat Malawians with a hypocritical face yet you are DPP. We’ve known you sometime back Mr Kapito, your hypocrisy will not materialise. This punishment Malawians are facing is because of evil DPP gurus and Malawi will never change to any better while DPP is at the helm. DPP is worse than Kamuzus Government, just imagine MUST belongs to Lilongwe, and your denseless president is busy jabbing about a stadium in Blantyre not because its a need… Read more »
Majighaheni Kalolokesya
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Majighaheni Kalolokesya
5 months 30 days ago
Advise but sensibly. If the advice is offered sarcastically then one wonders what the motive behind such sarcastic approach means, mainly when everyone is looking for mature and responsible leadership from the opposition. The issue has always been directing energy and time on petty stuff whereby fault finding is the norm and not providing solutions or alternatives. Instead of doing that all we have been feasting on has been someone wishing the head of state to resign yet most of the problems facing the country is not of his own making. Responsible and mature opposition is what Kapito is calling… Read more »
mphuzitsi
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mphuzitsi
5 months 30 days ago

kapito ndi mbuzi ngati alomwe anzache. munthuyutu ngodwala, tangomuonani nkhopeyo. afuna adyerepothu za m’bale wake apm.

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