State House sidelines Viola as Mutharika launches Lilongwe by-pass road

State House on Tuesday conspicuously sidelined presidential press secretary Gerald Viola at the official opening of the Lilongwe City West bypass road where President Peter Mutharika was guest of honour.Mutharika cutting the ribbon to launch the road

The sidelining of Viola as master of ceremony heightened speculation that the President is about to fire the press secretary for suggesting in a TV interview that Mutharika would buy a presidential jet once the economy improves and that the Head of State is a puppet leader.

Viola was reduced to a spectator as former presidential press officer Timpuza Mwansambo directed the event as master of ceremony.

Mwansambo was fired by Mutharika after it emerged that he was drawing two salaries one from State House and the other from MBC where he worked before his appointment as press officer.

Also conspicuously missing at the function was Speaker Richard Msowoya who has recently been accused of extravagance of public money after parliament bought four vehicles for him and his two deputies and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera.

Parliament was instead represented by Esther Mcheka Chilenje, the first deputy speaker.

Chief Maliri of the area openly said he was DPP and told the President that he would single handily hand pick a parliamentary candidate for 2019 polls.

By-pass road

The 13km by pass road from Bunda Turn Off to Mchinji roundabout has been constructed to the tune of K3:9 billion ($7.2 million) from the African Development Fund as part of the Nacala Corridor.

The government says following the construction of the road, trucks are no longer allowed to use the main road which passes through the busy Old Town.

However, most drivers shun using the road although it is the fastest means to get out of town.

The construction of the road ties well with the government plans to construct a duo carriage road from Kanengo Industrial area.

The Chinese government has already committed some funds for the construction of the dual carriage road which will immensely cut on congestion on the busy road.

China has also given Malawi a grant for the construction of several roads in Malawi including the famous Chingale road which has now turned to be a heated political issue for politicians seeking an elected office.

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40 thoughts on “State House sidelines Viola as Mutharika launches Lilongwe by-pass road”

  1. MaKopa says:

    Develop Lilongwe but ochewa kaya zanu inzoooooo come 2019

  2. Chibanja tv says:

    Is it Mr Viola who would be always master of ceremonies in each and every meetings that the State President will be hosting? why you did not say anything about the Salima rally whereby Mr Mwamsambo was a master of ceremonies? Its a total lie to say that most truch drivers are shunning the road, I myself have witnessed a lot of trucks using the road even as far as from kanengo area. Should we say that the President is not in good terms with his personal assistant on religious affairs if the prayers is given to someone else apart from Rev. Malani Mtonga? Komatu bwino mwaonjeza kunamaku zedi! We are not so stupid to be taking everthing on board that you write.

  3. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawi siitukuka ayi. Zoona president mpaka kusegula musewu wa 13 kilometers yokha. Anzanu misewu ngati yotere amatsegulira ndi nduna. Shame

  4. anyasa ngati sim’mafuna kulemba zachitukuko, maka by DPP, bwanji osamangosiya.. msewu ndiwandalama zingati, colon pa ndalama akupangapochani? mukufuna kuchepsa chitukuko eti? msewu mungamange ndi ndalama zochepa mwalembazo! kkk koma chidzaphulika tsiku lina dithu, eee! anyasa nanu musanduka chipani ngati ma cso kkk koma greedy at its best

  5. Mawa says:

    This country where chiefs are busy declaring they belong to the ruling party is patheic. Chiefs have not yet understood that by virtue they are already far above party politics. Chiefs find themselves worshipping political leaders….eeish. As a chief you can simply say your words of thanking government for the road constructed, you then ask other government ministries for water, etc. And the. You ask your subordinated and the general populace to take car of the road infrastructure. You tell your people to stop attacking vehicles using the road as has been case over the past year. You ask people to report anime indulged in such a malpractice. You then thank everyone for coming to the important inaugural function. You seat down without begging anyone withput worshiping anyone not even the President….that’s what you do as a chief…

  6. Mathanyula Bengo says:

    No 10 uli ndi miyendo ingati?ndiwe openga kwabasibasi lol lol

  7. kwalewera Zinyemba says:

    A mfumu a Malili asatengeke msanga iri ndi dziko lozungulira. Mafumu sayenera kukhala ndi mbali chifukwa amapanikiza anthu. Nanga ntchito za boma agwire ntchito ndi a boma koma pakafika nthawi ya chipani sayenera kuonetsera kuti alu mbali iti. Nsewo wo by pass ndi project ya kalekale. Ine ndinayamba kuimva mzaka za mma 80s. Komanso mseu uwu anaika mwala wa maziko anali a PP. Tiyeni tizichita chilungamo. Mabvuto ena tikukumana nawowa ndi chifukwa chopanda chitsogozo cha Mulungu. Tiyeni tichite ngati anzathu a ku Zambia omwe chuma chawo chiliko bwino kusiyana ndi ife koma anatseka ma bala tsiku lathunthu kuti apemphere. Mulungu adalitse Malawi.

  8. losco says:

    Uyu ndiye President wangawanga!;!

  9. BRAJOE says:

    Kodi amalawife tizidya misewuyo. Nkhani ya njala ukuti nayo bwanji.

  10. Nanyongo says:

    Zakumachende basi!!!! Malata ndi cement zotsika mtengo zija zili kuti?

  11. Analyst says:

    The whole President and state house machinery kutsegulira msewu wa 12 kilometers womwe watha zaka ziwiri kuti umangidwe. Only in Malawi and still after 51 years. I doubt ngati APM kukhala ku USA kunamupindulira chilichonse. This 12 km road is nothing in any meaningful city set up

  12. BRAJOE says:

    13 kms wansewu basi uziti developments.

  13. Mwethu says:

    I think the Police should fine massively all trucks that will be found to use the busy town road instead of this by-pass. Why should this only happen in Malawi when in other countries articulated trucks are never found in the towns? Anyone who owns a shop and brings a truck up to their shop must also be fined.
    The Roads Authority must erect sign post, big enough not to be missed prohibiting all heavy goods trucks from entering the towns.
    And this goes to the City Councils as well, they must enforce the laws that prohibit trucks from entering townships and locations, they cause chaos, blockages etc. They must park their trailers out of town, and maybe a horse can come in.

  14. cm says:

    Kodi mafumu athu adzamva liti? Mpakana kunena kuti ndie wa DPP? Mfumu? Do you know that you are leading people with different political affiliations? ndiye mufuna anthu anu aziti chani? There was Lundu in JB’s time. He was nothing but orange. pano kaya ndiye akumati chani kaya, wangoti ziii! Mudzafa imfa yowawa amfumu.

    inunso Nyasatimes. pena pake I see a lot of armature type of reporting. Msewu mwati ndiwandalama zingati? Mumakhala ndi ma editor koma? Again mukuti speaker kunalibe, mumati azikataniko? You are also talking about people shunning the by-pass. Munawafunsa anthuwo kuti nchifukwa chani they are shunning the by-pass? Enafe tikumvera kwa inu kuti people are shunning the bypass and there should therefore be reasons for that which the government may need to address. Mukangoti people are shunning the by-pass road, so what? Anthu openga mwapanga bwanji?

  15. Malawian!!! says:

    No. 10 (Levelheaded) zako Izo ndi mwendo wako umamerawo bwanji osakawuduliratsa ku chipatala, zazii. Bambo wa ana kumayankhula zopusazo osadzilemekeza bwanji. Kagwere nacho uko chimwendo chakocho chopanda discipline cho.

  16. SONG says:

    So if a press officer rubbishes state president as a puppet who does not even make appointment what do you think a country has at this stage. No president in this country and now you have already sidelined him because he said truth. What you should know is that we heard what he said on Times TV and this is very shameful to a country.

  17. Meja says:

    Iwe levelheaded, maybe he is gay as well because he is left handed

  18. SONG says:

    Woti Pitala sakudziwa kuti mfumuyo yikumunamiza. Mfumu yake yiti pachigawa chapakati yingatukwane kholo. Akungo mphimba mmaso chitsilucho. Pano ndi pa centre bambo yiwalani komaso mwachepa ndipo muchenjere chifukwa mphechepeche mwanjovu salowa kawiri. Munati bera ndipo simzatberanso.

  19. MWASUWA says:

    G.V Walankhula ngati nkulu wam’pingo masiku ano si okakamira tchimo chifukwa cha chikondi cha pa ndalama. Bozda lithe nthawi yatha!!!!

  20. Tivine says:

    We will see.

  21. Alungwana says:

    Hellow Viola! Mukakwela mumtengo musatukwane wapansi. Next is Bamusi

  22. Mnyamata wa nzeru says:

    Vulazanani angulu inu!! Tilibe nazo ntchito ife Atumbuka a Cashgate!! Iyaaaaa!!

  23. DZIKANYANGA says:

    Malili becareful ili ndi dziko ukumana nazo kutsogolo kuno

  24. Mpumulo wa Bata wayandikila says:

    Amayiwo abvala ngati akupita ku chigayo. Kikikikikikikki

  25. ABONZI says:

    I can’t blame Viola but the one who appointed him, I doubt if the one who appointed him did it merit or appeasement. Mbuzi njosankhayo osati yosankhidwa. Amene ankasankha ankati nchani kutenga munthu oganiza moperewerayu kumuika pamene alipo?
    And dzulo kumatiuza kuti zitukuko za chipani chawo ku central region china ndi stadium? Cheap politics, stadium munachotsa ku LL kuti mukamanga ku ndata pano mukuti munanena ku LL ndiinu? Potsekulira zinthuzi acknowledge anthu ena anaikapo maganizo awo kuti zitheke zinthuzi.

  26. M'Malawi Weniweni says:

    I have used the Lilongwe bypass and it is lengthy at 13 km only suitable for people going to Mchinji or Kanengo. From Bunda turnoff to Cross Roads is quite near, in contrast

  27. chimanyisko says:

    Amfumu Akuti ndi a DPP. Asankha mp okha Kkkkkkk. Malawi at 50. Dzuka Malawi remix

  28. tingopenya says:

    Kkk k3:9m ndiye chani, ndalama timalemba choncho? Or ndalamazo kuchepa tero, koma anyasa shame ndithu.

  29. MLOMWE says:

    Alomwe ayamba kugwirana pankhosi posachedwapa mumva ayamba kukhapana ndi Mbabvi

  30. levelheaded says:

    Kodi paja APM ndi wamanzere eti. Ndawonera komwe wagwilira scissors yo. That’s why he is smartly blessed.

  31. levelheaded says:

    Abale koma mwamuwona mkazi wa Chilima yo. Asatilakwitsepotu apa. Enafe sitichedwa kumera mwendo wa pakati.

  32. levelheaded says:

    Nsewuwo mwati ndi wa ndalama zingati? 3.9 million yokha basi? Zowona? Tawonani bwino mukonze.

  33. No Retreat No Surrender says:

    Iweso Viola unyanya kuyankhulayankhula

  34. Professor LUKA TCHOKA. CHIEF wa aKweri says:

    Iwe mfumu Maliro kaya ukuti Maliri mac hende ako

  35. chatonda says:

    Please the appointing authority in short the President Bring back Timpuza to state house. Fire Bwampini Viola for his insubordination or undermining the president in ublic. He is a shame to state house. The president is a puppet, are you sure? So Viola makes appointments and not the president? Sure/ Malawi has gone to the dogs.

  36. International Observer says:

    Why is it that people always want to sensationalise things, what connection is there between the opening of the road with the absence of the speaker of parliament? Should people report negatively about government activities just to have good readership of the articles? As far as reporting is concerned, the journalists are supposed to inform the general public and not make up stories. Why didn’t the reporter point out that Malawians countrywide shunned the event – you know why he chose not to do so? – the reason was because he knew doing so would show that his reporting was out of context. Learn not dramatise occurrences and being selective in the manner news is given to the audience, please.

  37. joj says:

    Kukhumata bwanji anthuni ngati pamaliro?

  38. ntha..... says:

    a Viola,kupwetekeka chifukwa cha mulomo.

  39. gula uziwona says:

    Eeeeeee mwayina mitu ya lomwe NDE tikamati bwampini muwona ngati mwano mitu ngati nkhokwe ya madeya maize bran nde mungaganize zotukula dziko kuposa muyache

  40. Chemwali chimwene says:

    Nyalugwe akapha chiwala achita chokoka, nanga Nyusi atsegulira liti njanji yodutsa mkati mwa dziko lina? Zoti anaona zenizeni ku America ngati bodza ndithu, andale apa nyasa olo aphunzire maganizo awo ngopelewera a poverty basi. Mmalo momaliza misewu anayamba achimwene anu aja mukufuna muyambenso ina, iiiiiiii misewu yambiri yoyamba koma yosatha, ndalama mwathyolera nthumba.

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