Malawi govt blasts newspaper comment: Kaliati says Daily Times editorial ‘sensational’

Malawi government has ballistic on the country’s flagship newspaper, Daily Times for their editorial comment published on 13 May 2016 titled ‘’When Government Creates Poverty,’’ calling it sensational and misleading.

Kaliati: Blasts Daily Times newspaper

Kaliati: Blasts Daily Times newspaper

According to a statement issued by  Minister of Information Patricia Kalia  released on Friday, government said the paper fronts and stunts as chief sdvisor to government with reckless abandon to fact and detail.

Reads the statement in part: “The Comment advances the misleading view that Malawi governments, both previous and current, have not been doing anything to advance living standards of Malawians. As the writer fails to see changes that have taken place in the country, the article fallaciously concludes that Malawian leadership has been committed to ‘development and democracy in rhetoric only’.

“The Comment further adds that ‘In practice, it [leadership] has baffled and tortured the masses by being unpredictable, unprincipled, and obsessed with personal gain, leaving the bulk of the population in dire poverty. The Ministry would like to place these issues in the right perspective: that our brothers and sisters met a terrible and unforeseen tragedy in Mozambique is not in dispute.

“We do not understand why any Malawian would decide to climb on a hill and celebrate tragedy when we are mourning the loss of our fellow citizens, before they are even buried. Government thinks the writer of the Comment has crossed the marks of decency and respect. It has decided to trivialise the mourning Malawians.”

The statement further added that the comment was not only misplaced but outright insensitive and, actually an offence to Malawian moral beliefs. That Malawi is part of the global, cross border trade, movements and migration from time immemorial is foreign to the writer of the commentator of the tragedy, said the government spokesperson.

“It is unknown to the writer that people, as long as they live on this planet have to travel from country to country for various reasons. This is not limited to Malawi alone. We have many foreign nationals present in Malawi today seeking similar opportunities.

“It is therefore irresponsible for the writer to claim, under whatever guise, that when citizens go outside Malawi seeking opportunities is equivalent to Government failing its citizens. In case the writer is living on some other planet, we wish to remind them a few milestones the current administration of His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has introduced aimed at empowering its citizens,” it stated.

In the statement, Government pointed out Skills Development through Community Colleges, Infrastructure Development Programmes, introduction of new tertiary institutions, Trade and Investment Initiatives through events like the Malawi International Trade Forum, zero-aid budget among others as some of the citizen empowering initiatives introduced by Mutharika Government to change the lives of Malawians.

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16 thoughts on “Malawi govt blasts newspaper comment: Kaliati says Daily Times editorial ‘sensational’”

  1. vavlov says:

    Malawi should graduate from politics of appeasement, clapping hands for the leader, and being blind to economic development reality. Honestly having ministers of Kaliati’s calibre wont help this country.

  2. Chimunthu says:

    Malawians are always looking to someone else for help be it a relative who is better off, the government, outside agencies, the former colonial government in the UK or whoever. ‘Mutithandize, chonde.’ When will they realise that development and progress can really only come from the grass roots, i.e. the people themselves. ‘God helps those who help themselves’ as the saying goes. After 52 years of independence the amount of development and progress in Malawi is virtually non-existent. The mass of people does not have access to running water, electricity, sanitary toilet facilities, paved roads, local health and ante and post natal facilities, well provisioned schools, etc. etc. etc. The post-independence governments of all persuasions have done next to nothing to improve matters. The poverty and ignorance of the masses ensures that they will always be so concerned with their own survival that the government of the day will never be challenged and held to account. Malawians really must wake up, smell the coffee and begin to take responsibility for their own development and progress. Billions of £s and $s have been poured into the country since independence and what is there to show for it?

  3. Ze Roberto says:

    Whether we like it or not government is the ultimate decider on country’s destiny. If government seems to have no control of the affairs in the country that’s classic example of leadership failure. For example, if civil servants continue to be lazy, corrupt etc in offices, who else is better placed than government to put that to an end? Yes! citizens have the duty, at individual level, to improve their socioeconomic status but government has the huge responsibility to set and direct the national agent. For some of us here who try to posit a false notion that government deserves no blame, don’t you think, by doing do, you assert that government is irrelevant? That sounds an incoherent thought process!

  4. J. Banda Chago says:

    I don’t think the President is to blame for the current economic turmoil. Actually it’s a combination of several factors, natural and man-made. The man-made factors are not entirely the current President’s fault, we are aware why donors left…..cash gate. And again Government is supposed to do all it can to mitigate the negative effects of natural factors…. floods and dry spells. But such interventions require a lot of money which is not available in Government coffers. Let’s accept the situation we are in and work hard at individual level. Otherwise, we will continue complaining forever.

  5. The Partriot says:

    Since the advent of multiparty democracy Mrs Kaliati has been an MP, and a minister . No wonder she thinks Malawi government is doing well to advance the welfare of its people.Here is a former primary school teacher, who thanks to politics, can cart away 1500 liters of fuel per month, a million kwacha plus salary, a quarter of mllion kwacha house allowance, and many more benefits. All she has to do is to refute allegations and spin! There we go, this is development at its best!!
    But Mrs Kaliati and company(DPP leadership) should always remember, Malawians are not dull and are watching the few political elite plundering our resources and being paid obscene salaries and allowances for doing NOTHING ! If our leaders dont get punished by the masses for this, then God will surely punish them one day!! There is no way our leaders can get away with everything, there will surely be a payback time one day! Tsiku lina a Malawi tidzaiwala kusiyana kwathu mitundu kapena zipani , then we will clearly see who is fooling us and we will ask for açcountabilty, mudzaona mbwadza!! Panopa ba onekani ochenjera , kuphoda shubaba nkumanamiza anthu!!!

  6. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Malawians, almost always blaming the government of the day when given the opportunity of free speech. Try that during Kamuzu’s MCP dictatorship, and you would have been meat to the Nile crocks in the Shire.

    We want the government to do everything for us! This perhaps shows how insidious the beggar mentality so now entrenched in our culture is.
    Heed the well known JFK’s pronouncement: “Think not of what your country can do for you, rather what you can do for your country.” Ever heard of that, the author of that piece?
    A government lays out the broad framework in law and policies, and the rest is up to us to explore the possibilities.
    Truth is, in Malawi, even if the government draws the broad picture, many of us can’t read the details in that picture, in spite of having attained some post secondary education. We can’t even understand the picture, in the first place. So we continue to blame the government for everything wrong under the sun.
    And so, in begging, it’s like we are asking for compensation. Compensation for what!!!???

  7. Nathan says:

    Kikiki_kikiest! Ine chomwe ndikudziwa kuti Pitala ndi Disaster Progressive Party abweretsa muno mu Malawi ndi Njala ndi Umphawi! Bola Boma la a Tcheya, zikwama zinkazadza ndi ma 50 kwacha. A Daily times analemba zowona zenizeni. Nanga 0 aid budget ndi chitukuko? Anthu yitithandiza bwanji 0 aid budget? A Patricia, inuyo mukayera ndi miphodo basi mukuti mu Malawi muli chitukuko! Ngakhale ma Tractor oti azithandiza alimi, munagawana nokha! Inu ndinu zitsiru za anthu!

  8. Nalipembezu says:

    When the first president of this country (late Ngwazi Kamuzu) was alive, he would time and time again remind Malawians to be industrious.Dr Banda new that laziness was an enemy of development.But what do we see in many offices (government offices inclusive)? People doing nothing expecting development to fall down from heaven like mana.While it is true that our leaders have failed us,the citizens of this country also share part of the blame.In short, even if God was to send his most trusted angel to lead this country, as long as Malawians donot adopt the spirit of hard work, no meaningful development will ever take place in Malawi!

  9. chotsanibluepaint m'maso muone. says:

    Do not have your usual GRANDIOSE DELUSIONS here just swallow your PRIDE AND FACE the REALITY. Or it it another Millanko thieves aka DDP trademark of defending the….. The SAD reality is that Malawi is the POOREST NATION on the PLANET and its citizen are more poorer now than 20years ago COURTESY of a combination of YAO-LHOMWE ELITE THIEVES rule for 20yr plus. WHICH HAS CREATED and ENTRENCHED POVERTY.
    What is not surprising but RATHER very disheartening is that ENI EKEWO samaona koma KUDZIGOMELA ATI ALI NDI KUTHEKELA KOLAMULA. We eve see comments like “NGATI UKUYAKA WAUWISI”.Kungozipopa basi THOO!
    Abale olo MKAZI munyamba 20yr opanda mwana basi pali nzeru??kumangozipopa “koma ine” Ahh!
    That’s how deluded these thugs are. Even their poorest majority in their villages cannot even see that these people are making them poorer, rather they are busy competing who is going to make the LOUDEST FARTING WOYEEEEE.
    KA DZIKO UKO NKOTEMBELEREDWA AKO.

  10. Dumera says:

    kaliyati you are no better than a bibrical jezebel. To hell with your dirty mouth…

  11. Greencardless Malawian says:

    IF THE QUOTED STATEMENTS ABOVE ARE RIGHT, THEN THE PAPER CAN NOT BE FAULTED, RATHER IT IS BEING BRUTALLY HONEST WITHOUT USING FOOLISH MISLEADING POLITICAL LANGUAGE!

  12. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    When you see someone struggling, sweating and stammering in search for an answer to such a simple question as “What has the govt done so far to uplift the lives of people,” just know that they have done nothing.
    . . . And what the paper observed, particulary on unpredictable leadership, only someone who is dishonest to the last genes, can dispute. And more correct is not forgetting to include such befitting adjectives as greedy, myopic and incapacitated e.t.c.
    . . . Coz it’s an open secret that the leadership knows what to do (to forward-move this country), and deliberately chooses not to; yet knowing what to do and then doing what you know, is a simple yet practical definition of capability. And this our leadersip, lacks.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    . . . However . . .
    Wisest is the one, who, (having been wise hence realised that Karma has put them under the governance of such fly-by-night presidents as ours); does something more about their situation, than just fold their hands, open their mouths and complain.
    . . . Truth is . . .
    While acknowledging that the leadership has failed this country big time; the quality of our everyday retail life, is more and significantly determined by what we do or don’t do (at personal level), than what the leadership does or doesnt do (at national level).
    . . . Thus . . .
    We can do a greater good to this country by being development-oriented at personal or household level e.g. controlling number of kids hence population growth, educating our kids e.t.c), or simply being useful in some way.
    . . . Pajatu . . .
    “Our prosperity as a nation depends upon the personal . . . prosperity of each of us as individuals.” – George Clason (The Richest Man in Babylon)
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    . . . Otherwise . . .
    We may continue to complain and end up achieving nothing in life; especially when you are dealing with such inconsiderate, care-free and indifferent people as our leaders.
    . . . Remember . . .
    “The best years of your life are the ones you realise, decide and accept that your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your parents . . . or your president. You realise that, to a larger extent; you control your destiny.” – Albert Ellis
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  13. Kabilaboza Kabuka says:

    Kaliyati amangosutsa zilizonde. Bola Vuwa Kaunda

  14. Goliati says:

    Look at the milestones (last paragraph) govt claims to have done to improve the lives of Malawians. The claim to have built community colleges when in fact they have simply re-named previous, already existing colleges with the name “community college” (e.g. Mponela Technical college is now Mponela Community college) is insulting. No new college has been built. And there’s no new tertiary institution built. DPP simply stole money already allocated to build Lilongwe University of Science and Technology in Lilongwe under UDF and relocated the institution to Ndata, Cholo, Kahuna’s home. Then they simply re-named existing Bunda, Chitedze, Aret, and NRC to collectively form a new university – but no new university was built. And how does the zero-aid budget become a citizen empowering initiative? Trained doctors, nurses, technicians, etc cannot be employed by govt because it has no money as a result of donor aid freeze; there’re no drugs in hospitals ans people are dying due to lack of donor money in the budget. In other words what govt calls milestones are in fact pulling Malawi’s economic development backwards – this DPP govt is breeding mass poverty among Malawians and is the worst govt Malawi has ever known. DPP leadership is failing to tap in donor money because they have and keep stealing govt’s money without abandon and without remorse. They know donors will hold them accountable and so they hate donors and anybody wanting transparency. This zero-aid budget has been created to enable DPP to steal without restraint, and it’s not a milestone except in the minds of lunatics.

  15. savimbi says:

    The Writer was telling the truth.Don’t deny it.Peter Munthalika Govt has done nothing to show to the Country as a whole.What you are saying is just on paper not a reality at all.Remember ,we are counting down to 2019 General Elections.You ve only one year to rule this country,bcoz 2017 and 2018 are times to start preparing for Compaigning .Voters are watching and 2019,be prepared to be booted out of Govt.Mwadyapo nawonso anzanu adzadyeponso.In Tumbuka, we say,”Para wabvinapo wanyakeso wabvinepo.”Bwalo nkulekelana.

  16. Mukadzaona olamula akutsutsa, musadzadabwe.

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