MP Botomani raps Chakwera over World Bank budget support: ‘Malawi under Mutharika is a country on the move’

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) MP for Zomba Chisi, Mark Botomani, has trashed Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera for describing  the resumption of budget support by the World Bank as an act of mercy.

Botoman of DPP, MP for Zomba Chisi: Malawi is heading in the right direction

Botomani who  moved a motion to commence debate on the State of the Nation Address  (Sona) delivered by President Mutharika at the opening of the Sixth Meeting in the 46th Session of Parliament and the 2017/18 Budget Meeting in Lilongwe, said the remarks by Chakwera were wrong.

Chakwera had said World Bank’s $80 billion (about K60 billion) general budget support was in no way a vote of confidence for the DPP-led government, saying there is still a lot of loopholes in government and Cashgate is still taking place on President Mutharika’s watch.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president cited former Agriculture Minister George Chaponda’s alleged involvement in the importation of maize from Zambia as an example that corruption is still rife in government.

But Botomani told parliament that  Chakwera’s views only shows “a lack of proper understanding of the credible and robust processes that inform the policy laden decisions of an institution of the stature of the World Bank. “

He said the  issue, however, it is not so much about the release of the budget support, rather the confidence that the World Bank and other co-operating partners are having in the government of President Peter Mutharika.

Botomani also accused pessimists  on the President’s economic growth projection  of Malawi.

“But Mr Speaker, Sir, one does not need to be an economist to understand that when inflation is going down (at 15.8 per cent as at the end of March, 2017) it is an indication of an economy that is on the rebound,” said Botoman.

“As a matter of fact, Mr Speaker, Sir, we have seen commercial banks responding to these by reducing lending rates which is a very positive thing to every Malawian.  And these are indeed signs of the economy that is on the road to full recovery,” he added.

Botomani said even cooperating partners are acknowledging the economic  gains, citing press reports that donors are encouraged with government’s strides it is taking to improve the economic status of the country.

He said the British Government and European Union delegation have said that the economy is showing signs of progress and hope for the better.

“ They cite some important reforms steps government has taken which will bring positive developments in the long and short term.  Any objective person, Mr Speaker, Sir, should acknowledge the good developments happening under the leadership of His Excellency Arthur Peter Mutharika,” said Botomani.


He told Parliament  thatMalawi, under the leadership of Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is a country on the move.

He cited investments in water supply and road network as some of the areas which show that  “Malawi is heading in the right direction.”

Botomani applauded government for the successful implementation of food distribution to needy households affected by hunger.

He also noted that the Jobs for Youths Project funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) will help young people secure employment and create an entrepreneurship spirit among them.

Seconding the motion was  United Democrtaic Front (UDF) Chikwawa East MP Rodrick Khumbanyiwa who agreed with Botomani on the country’s economic performance as shown by the interest of some donors, who are now willing to help Malawi achieve economic growth.

Khumbanyiwa said “ because of good governance, the financial status of the country is now improving.”

He said: “  Because of good governance, Mr Speaker, Sir, donors are now showing interest to assist our country.  “

The UDF legislator said,irrigation schemes are being constructed across the country.  Community colleges are also being constructed in all our districts and the initiative is going to be beyond our constituencies.


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26 thoughts on “MP Botomani raps Chakwera over World Bank budget support: ‘Malawi under Mutharika is a country on the move’”

  1. Asiyatu says:

    It is psalms 75 vs 6 – 7 and not 67

  2. Asiyatu says:

    Mark Botomani thinks that promotion comes through corrupt means of DPP. He has already forgotten the righteous path of God. Mark, the former church elder , where are you heading to? Remember that promotion does not come from the east or from the west or from the wilderness….. Psalms 75 vs 67.

  3. ICC says:

    Honourable Botomani, learn from your former pastor ( Hon Chakwera ) to be constructive. Sapotani boma koma mwanzeru. Awo mukunenawo anali abusa anu and you know he is saying the truth. Do not politicians use you like this Mark. After being an MP you will still need pastors who can be truthful.

    Respect your former pastor please.

  4. mtete says:

    Out of the 18 thoughts on this article, only 3 support Botomani. This should make those who blindly support APM/DPP wonder.

  5. Akanyeramtsere says:



    a MP botomani mukunena izi chifukwa mukudya bwino ndi boma la DPP.mmidzimu mumapita ndikuwona umphayi wa anthu? nde muziti Malawi is on the move… on the move for what? kodi Dr Chakwera mukumutsutsayu akunama ku mtundu wa a Malawi? 60bn Malawi kwacha ndi ngongole imene ife a Malawi ndi ana athu tidzapeleka kuchokela ku misonkho.Ndipo chimene muyenela kudziwa a Botomani ngati mumawerenga ndemanga pa tsamba iri 60bn imeneyi siwoneka ntchito imene boma ligwiritse pofuna kutukula miyoyo ya anthu ku midzi.

  7. Joo says:

    Guys l knw mr Botomani vry well. Jst forgv him. He thiks dat he is buyn himself a high rank position in dpp gvmnt. He has failed his own constncy. Pple frm Matiya r walkin long distance to gvmnt hospt to get nothin hence no medicines in gvmnt stores. He is sick in head

  8. Joo says:

    Mr Botomani, if wht u r saying is wht dpp gvmnt is doing on de ground then tell us developmntl projects in ur constncy the dpp gvmnt has carried out. Thr is no road netwrks, hosptls, commnty markets in ur area. Ku matiya pple r lookin 2019 to tek u out of parlmnt cos of ur ignars. Mayb u made de remks against Chakwera to buy a position in dpp party.

  9. Mjcentral says:

    Maso ali nawo sapenya. Makutu ali nawo koma samva. That’s why he is fit to lead the opposition. He will be there if he cannot learn to use his brain wisely and Holy.

  10. Bazzoka says:

    Malawians are now poorer than ever before. Nothing is moving in this country since Ngwazi Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika took over power. Things are getting worse every day. By the way what tangible development can this administration point to since they took over the government. They are pulling Malawi down with there tribalistic administration. There is no any other worse government administration in the world than this one.

    It doesnt bring any hope.

  11. James maduka says:

    Just forgive Mr Bottoman ithink he is leaving in a country of his own just remind him of his own Consituency governor who is sleeping in a house that has no roof,plse Malawians just remind him that his constuency has no govt hospital,no proper road network what ashame,Komanso phunguyu ndi mlendo mundale hence akuti akudzigulira malo wish awafunse achina Gerrad Mponda.Hon Chakwera was just right just very very right the govt has done nothing to warrant aid resumption

  12. 2PN says:

    Panopa ziribwino koma ukadzaluza MP it’s when you will realize that indeed people are suffering. As of now continue cheating people that things are all right

  13. Ngalamayi says:

    Botomani should go and ask villagers if they see Malawi moving forward! If you are living the privileged life of an MP, with its allowances, good salary, these protected if you continue to lick the boots of those in power, yes, then you will say anything to keep that power. Go and live as a villager for a month, without those privileges. You will change your tune.

  14. Maunits says:

    Nothing is happening even if 60Billion is given these are thieves cant rule this again forget about it. World Bank is giving out loan that is going to be stolen day light. This govt cant be trusted any more. Chakwera is asking you about Geoge Chaponda a thief who was being shielded by your president. Where is he and why not arrest him and you arrest Uladi Mussa for a mayor pass port. Fokofo. MCP is coming back in power and all thieves will faxce law.

  15. DW says:

    Mr Botolomani!! which country is on the move??? This is the same reasoning like Pitala

  16. kamphandila says:

    chakwera needs a radicle brain surgery,he opposses every he is not normal. Be silent sometimes helps.

  17. Atate JBC says:

    I don’t understand the reasoning of people who say inflation has gone down because of good rains hence we should not applaud the current Government. Wait a minute, were you not the same people who criticised the same Government because of hunger which was brought about by floods and prolonged dry spells in some parts of the country? Were you not the same people who refused to acknowledge that the hunger was a result of natural disasters?? Now because it’s a positive development (good rain), you are now attributing the success to good weather. This kind of reasoning will take us nowhere and it just exposes how rotten the minds of opposition politicians and sympathisers are. Learn to criticise objectively.

  18. alungwana says:

    Is it a surprise that the local currency gets stronger during the tobacco selling season? Do you see anything to smile at Mr. Botoman? Yes the country is on a move, and moving backwards. What is the impact of your said growing economy to your people in Zomba? Zanu zikamayenda don’t say zonse zikuyenda

  19. Namadingo says:

    A Mark Botoman, ine ndi DPP supporter, tiyeni tizinena zoona anthu kumudzi akuvutika and kumanena kuti Malawi is on the move or progressing ndi chipongwe ku mtundu wa Malawi. Talk of late Bingu, yes! koma awa ndiye ayi ndithu azasowa choloza ngati ataluza 2019. a dead moving leader!!

  20. Hatton says:

    A Congress cannot understand economic issues. The Nyakula party has never ruled a multiparty nation ever since the party was formed. Only two parties, UDF and DPP, have experience of running a multiparty democratic environment. Malawians, come 2019 vote for those with experience of running multiparty political environment.
    Bravo Botomani and Khumbanyiwa!!!!!

  21. Abiti says:

    Which country is Chakwera chatsika living in ?
    Mind you reading the bible to lead the cburch are different things from understanding the dvomomy and interpreting business language
    CHAKWERA this is different from interpreting scripture from Genesis to revelation
    Ndale nwailephera abusa5

  22. Justice says:

    Botomani my brother, our inflation mostly respond to food prices. And as we stand now , we have relied on good rains and hard work of our people.

  23. Hido says:

    Mbutuma za ma MP inu,the way living standards have dwindled for an average malawian ndiye muziti the economy z improving. Tionana 2019,2020 muzakhala mukuyenda wapansi,ndikumva mmene tikuvela ife kuwawa.

  24. winston msowoya says:

    Mr.Botomani,I think you are living in a strange world.How would you say that Malawi is on the move,going where? Mr.Botomani,instead of Malawi going forward,it is moving backward economically and politically.Our people are severely starving due to lack of food,our hospitals are empty of medicines and drugs,power and water supply are in extreme shortage,unemployment is hitting at 90%,crime rate is the highest in Southern Africa,under Muthalika’s leadership,tribalism has reached unprecedented level in the whole of Africa,so is this a country on the move you idiotic MP?

  25. Chalume says:

    Clearly, Botomani does not understand the political nature of entities like the World Bank. So, he is not quite right about being lay, because he lacks that critical understanding. Welcome to Development 101.

  26. CIVIL SERVANT says:

    Which country are these 2 MPs living in? It certainly is not the same malawi I am living in and slaving for

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