Off the wall of Dickson Kashoti: Of K300m cars for Speaker and Opposition chief

I have listened, heard and read arguments and counterarguments on parliament’s decision to buy vehicles for the Speaker Richard Msowoya, leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera and the two deputy speakers.

Chakwera: Leader of opposition has got new car

Chakwera: Leader of opposition has got new car

Below is my personal opinion.

Everyone must know that parliament is a government within government, an equally important and influential arm of government at par with the executive on one hand and judiciary on the other. Therefore its leadership, which includes Msowoya and Chakwera, must be given necessary tools to run that important institution. One of the tools is the reliable mode of transport.

K300m for four vehicles is peanuts compared to the blowing of the same amount for the chartered presidential jets for just one trip. These vehicles will serve the servants of our democracy for over 10 years.

No one expects our parliamentary leaders to be using run down corollas as they move up and down bringing democracy to the people in Khuluvi, Nsanje or Bolero, Rumphi.

Just check what vehicles, their colleague, leader of the House Francis Katsaira and his deputy, who all belong to the executive government arm, are using.

Parliament is the centre of our democracy and our democracy leaders must be motivated. Compare to the vehicles used by the cabinet and other executive branch officials and the vehicles used by our esteemed judges to those that are at parliament.

Our staff at parliament is humble. It does not take an economist to know that K300m is too little to make an impact on our economy which is in ICU.

The purchase was done after all approvals from Goodall Gondwe, the public purse keeper were done. Am sure he critically evaluated the need for the vehicles, the merits and demerits on our economy before approving.

The process was also cleared at the Office of director of public procurement, am sure. After all, who said democracy is cheap. We should not think of buying them new vehicles when they are stuck in Chikangawa due to a break down.

That’s the cost of democracy, after all!

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Mthondo
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Its a foolish idea to back things that are detrimental to the economy of this country. I work directly with the communities and if you are to see what situation we have in the communities on food shortage you can appreciate why many intelligent patriotic Malawians are crying against this extravagance. By these acts , its explicit Chakwera and Msowoya led MCP cant and will never be a solution like first thought. Its a shame that they cant even think when the change is needed. if they claim it was agreed long time ago..are you not talking about the Cashgate… Read more »
Malipeya
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MALAWI POLITICS OF PRIMITIVES. LETS USE OUR BRAINS IN ANALYSING CRITICAL NATIONAL ISSUES. THOSE IN POWER MUST BE EXEMPLARY.

Cash Gate
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nkhani zake zopanda nsinjiro, mumafuna kuti anthuwa aziyenda pansi.

H,Chitumvi
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Ndale sizinthu zoti kukhala nkumati ndalankhula za nzeru ndine, kodi nkhani iyi siyachokera pa anthu 115,jet ndi ulendo umene akanapita ku INDiA abwana sichoncho eti? Kudzudzula ndikoyenela? Kodi a parliment ali ndi njira zopezera ndalama? Nanga ndalama agulira galimoto zachokera kuti? Nyumba ya malamuro imayendetse ndi zipani zotsutsa?Ndipo ndalama zoyendetsera amazitenga kuti? Mafunso alipo kwinaku apitirize ndi ena.Koma ndimangopempha kuti musabvule ukulu wanu ndikupeleka kwa anzanu pomwe nthawi yawo isanafike chitukuko choonetsa kuti ogwira ntchito za pamwamba asamayende galimoto zotchipa monga mudayamba, nduna ma ceo ndi ena ndi chanu pitilizana.

Max Nsani
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This story of the K300m vehile purchases has been deliberately leaked by Jappie Mhango and the excutive apparently to embarrass the Speaker and the leader of opposition who are MCP leaders. But these purchases were authorised by governemnt and budgeted for by parliament. Yes I know the story is about halting these purchases, but all Police commisioners have been given toyota prados exactly like the ones purchased for chakwera and the two speakers, and these were bought a few months ago. There are 4 regional commisioners of Police and a couple more at Headquarters, plus two deputy IGs and they… Read more »
John
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HOW MANY OF SUCH CARS DOES PETER MUTHARIKA HAVE ON HIS FLEET? ZANKUTU BASI. DID YOU WANT MSOWOYA TO USE A TOYOTA COLLORA? IS IT BECAUSE HE IS FROM THE NORTH????????

EVERY MINISTER HAS THAT CAR. EVEN SOME CEOs HAVE SUCH CARS. DG ITAYE AT MACRA HAS EXACTLY SAME CAR.

nkhakamila
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malawian politians shares the same behaviours.when they are out of government they are white horses and just let them in,you will see their true colors.dont fool us here…there will be no malawian politian who can leave a cheap life for the sake of the poor.the president will continue chartering jets and the ministers will continue changing posh cars as shirts and the the leaders of opposition and speaker of parliament will continue opting for very expensive cars on expense of malawians.we sold the jet and now we should consider selling these posh cars and buy them toyota passos.

vx
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Amalawi 26 million duty free Prado for 5 years ndiyo mukuti achakwera alakwatsi polandila galimoti logula boma sindikuonapo khani really we are poor …sitonse timagula Ku be forward

golo
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Apa Mr Kashoti you have missed the point. This is luxurioius living tit for tat by Mr Msowoya. There is no justification even if the sun should cease to rise from the east

lawyer wa boma
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kabwira amati muthalika should resign,DPP gov silikuganizira mavuto omwe amalawi akukumananawo, akuti muthalika azikwera matora kuti akhale chitsanzo povutikira limodzi ndi athu akumudzife. eeesh! mpaka muthalika waopa kupita ku INDIA zoona!!!!! amalawi mwaona? kabwira wakukupusitsani, tsopani apa aziti chani?, matama polakhula lero timvetu chakwera kuti apange resign. kumati MCP ndi yankho la malawi!.. MCP ikumatitenga amalawi ngati zitsiru eti? choncho DPP ikawina mkumati akuberani..inu zitsiru kwabasi, mwayaluka kwabasi. ndikusauka kwa MCP muzipangira kampeni magalimotowo eti? simunati! muyaluka mapeto

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