Malawi situation: Is the end of Mutharika nigh?

Soon after the presidential elections, a friend of mine sent me an email declaring that DPP will be in power for the next 20 years.  Today 7 months later the outlook could not be more different.

Peter Mutharika

Peter Mutharika

The Kwacha is sliding and sinking like a stone in the sea. Hospitals cannot even afford gloves for surgical operations. Life is tough and civil servants are demanding massive salary increases which government can barely afford.

Yet, the powers that be have chosen such a time as this to announce a massive increase of salaries for the president and members of parliament.  The most bizarre aspect to this is that nobody knows who those powers are. Everybody from the president to the leader of opposition has since gone on record to refuse the salary increases. The issue was never even debated in parliament. So, who decided and authorized the salary increases?

Government disorganization is not only limited to the issue of presidential salaries. Recent appointments to boards and embassies are said to be made and announced without first consulting the appointees.  As far as governments are concerned, it is so unprecedented and perhaps unheard of for governments to make appointments without consulting and interviewing the appointees.

Perceptions of corruption abound. The First Lady’s charity, BEAM, and the famous Mulakho wa Alhomwe have just benefited from large grants from the National Aids Commission (NAC). NAC is a body that gets its funding exclusively from donors for purpose of fighting HIV/AIDS in the country. NAC is mandated to distribute money to HIV/AIDS causes through a rigorous open solicitation process.   While NAC may not have committed any wrong doing in donating money to BEAM and Mulhakho, the ethics of these organizations getting such money without first submitting proper proposals is very questionable.

In another embarrassing move, government invited members of the press to a State House function and secretly gave them fat envelopes containing massive cash. To date, government has not given any good explanation for the generous offer or its source. Unconfirmed rumors seem to point to the same NAC as the source of this money.

What has been so frustrating to many Malawians, especially those sympathetic to the DPP, has been the government’s inability to inform the public, explain its decisions, refute allegations or level with the public.

Mutharika won a resounding victory. He is still very popular at the grassroots. If elections were to be held today, he could still win with a resounding victory. But he cannot afford to take the electorate for granted.  Things seem to be spiralling down very fast.  The President needs to clean house.  And those around him should start taking their advisory roles seriously.

Somebody should have pointed out the folly of using National Aids Commision -NAC funds; somebody should have pointed out the insensitivity of increasing presidential salaries at this point in time; somebody should have questioned the ethics of giving money to journalists.

Unless these reforms are made, my friend’s dream of having DPP in power for the next 20 years will likely be met with a crashing blow in 2019.  Administrations only have the first few years to prove that they deserve another term. It is very difficult to counter a negative narrative close to the election period.

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Nyamazi
Guest

Mr. Ngalande, do not tell lies to Malawians that Peter can win another election if elections were held to day. He has failed completely to govern this country since he came to power.

Indicators show that a person who got only 36% of the votes during the elections cannot be trust worth and intelligent to govern a country.

This guy is very dull for the job, hence, the problems we are facing now.

Kanyimbi
Guest

Bingu took the government from Bakili when donors had run away but his first 100 days in office were excellent and everyone loved Bingu. But now I am afraid if APM has something to offer. Officers from MADERF are busy harassing people who got the FILP loans yet the people are failing to pay back because of hard economic times. Yet the same government said they don’t know where this money came from.

Steve Kamkwalala
Guest
Let me get this clearly. If DPP were not popular, how come it won all the MP seats and some councillors in the by elections? How come PP did not win even a single seat. Anakuberaninso. Let me tell you this if you mama does not come back and reogarnise her party she will cry again in 2019 having been number 4 or 5. Mark my words. I also wish to appeal to my colleagues north of Jenda to reorganise youserlves and form a solid party that will be sought after by every party to be in alliance with. You… Read more »
malume
Guest

zolankhula monga izi akulankhula anthuzi ndi zomwe zikupangisa kuti malawi asasinthe, president kungokhala pa mpando nthawi yochepa tayambapo kulankhula zitifikisa kuti izi?zoti boma likubvutika kupeza ndalama chifukwa choti azungu asiya kuthandiza ziko lino taiwala zoti cashgate yatibweresera mabvuto taiwala.ngakhale atakhala pampando wa president malume anu palibe chingasinthe.

ujeni
Guest

Ngalande, know this, APM cannot and will never win an election again. The next 5 years will be tough for him to navigate. Any Malawian working as a clerk can do a better job than him. How can someone who failed to speak in parliament be a president. Better Dausi than Peter.

Umphawi
Guest

Koma olembe ma column enawa ndi nyasi! I will not be surprised if the writer of this piece is outside Malawi.

Nyaka
Guest

Ife atumbuka tikuti a lomwe boma ndi lanu koma mphamvu ndi zathu. Na ngati mtumbuka sali happy ndi boma palibe chimayenda kwa president. Kamuzu Banda Bingu and now Peter have got to their disastrous ends chifukwa cha mtumbuka. Nde batinyozani muona momwe muthele. Muluzi and JB never had these issues even as bad as they were at the job.

Jose'
Guest

So you are happy you are responsible for “ungovernability” of the country that emanates for no reasons at all but on ethnicity? Dull clan!

mr what what
Guest

somebody said Peter is worse than Bingu, but the truth is Peter is worse than all the tough leaders who has been in this world before, idi amin, sadam hussen,

KING SOLOMONS WISDOM
Guest

MR. CEDRIC NGALANDE,DO U UNDERSTAND THE WORD”RESOUNDING VICTORY”?MOREOVER DO U THINK DPP APM IS POPULARAND CAN WIN AGAIN? ARE U IN MALAWI?MR CEDRIC NGALANDE YO COLUMN JUST SHOWS SHALOW THINKIN ON YO PART .BETER STAY MUM THAN EXPOSE YO LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. FACT IS UR PRO APM.AND UR BUYING FAVOR

Anonymous
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peter akuyendetsa bwino dziko mukhaula enanu

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