5 cabinet ministers storm Chitipa in fire fighting effort

Five cabinet ministers on Friday stormed Chitipa in an effort to defuse tension following anger over the government failure to develop the northern region district.

Botomani (standing) citizens now understand their rights
The meeting with the people mainly centred on the Chitipa/Mbilima road which is in very bad state and has been the cause of violent protests in the district.
Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani, MP., who is also the official Government Spokesperson commended the people of Chitipa for opting for contact and dialogue over development concerns that they had for Government to address.
The Minister said democracy is thriving in the country as evidenced by people demanding an audience and  engaging with the executive, something that, he said, does not happen in other countries.
Botomani said President Peter Mutharika is fully aware of the challenges people of Chitipa and the country at large are facing and is working tirelessly to resolve all the problems timeously.
“We are a listening Government that’s why we are here on behalf of the President to engage with you to hear your issues.”

He, however, advised the gathering that whilst the citizenry have the right to demand services from government, they should at all costs do that without violence.

“Whatever government pledged to fulfill in this district, will be implemented. Development is a process and sometimes such pledges take long to be implemented.

“But let me assure you that government will address all its programmes earmarked for the district,” he said.

The Information Minister was part of a team comprising of four Cabinet Ministers and one deputy Minister who were engaged in discussions with the people of Chitipa.

On his part, Minister of Health and Population, Jappie Mhango commended people of Chitipa for being open in voicing what they feel should be done in the district by government.

We are here to get your concerns so that we take them to the President because it is only through ministers that the president can know and understand issues affecting people here,” said Mhango.

He then called on the people to be free at any time they have burning issues to call for the ministers, saying ministers are servants, not masters of the citizenry.

“You are our employers and there is no time when a servant can become a master of his or her employer, so each time you feel you need us, invite us, we are at your disposal,” said Kaunda.

Among other things, communities in the district are demanding government to address mining issues, build a stadium, a modern market at Chitipa Boma and construction of Chitipa – Ilomba Road.

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Malawi belong to the citizens.
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North Malawi will see more developments when you are alone,I mean total session other wise, these people will continue to tell you zaboza as long their accounts are fat every month.Chitipa has neglected for years.Mpoto mukuyenera kuyima panokha ndikukoza chigawo Chanu.Make your citizens first priority if not you will continue to be sidelined.Open your eyes, you have everything to develop,but you want to force people who don’t wish you good things to develop your land open your eyes .stop crying be strong stand on your own and develop your land.Prosperity is in your hands.Quota system is already punishing you children.What… Read more »

Razor chakwera
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Useless

Malawi belong to the citizens.
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That’s the only truth nanga dziko kusauka for 54yrs, do you expect any changes soon with the type of leaders we have today? I doubt. Change is needed and soon.

Brainzondoka
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Brainzondoka

This country needs a reform. At least autonomy for every region will help. Even the USA uses this system. Governors can run everything much better than the system we are using now.

Balmada
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Balmada

Vuwa mumu fuseh zimene amakaonana ndi
Far distribution /steel kings zinari chani
Mandidya anari ndi abudula amakatani

Brainzondoka
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Brainzondoka

90% of the vehicles driven on the roads of Malawi come in through the north; only that the money is paid through an account in Blantyre. If this is followed properly you’ll find that the north is contributes more than 30% of the taxes in Malawi. Talk of all the things that pass through the north; like: clothes, aluminium windows and grazing, and many more. If it could have been that you contribute 5% they could not have come to force you. You contribute so much

Malawian
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Malawian

In the northern part of Malawi chitipa is one of the district left behind since kamuzu and all this presidents till today and there is also this load from rumphi to nyika national park it seems to be very important load if it was well contracted could bring more money since they a place nyika national park where foreigners even Malawians goes to see Wild life that brings money to our nation but not considered. This rumphi nthalile load to chitipa also very important but the ruling government at the time just gives promises and hope. If not the government… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

That is a shame on the part of the government. Reactive approach, 5 officials mpakana! Pa Chitumbuka Amato kunanga kopara la boma

George
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George

Mathews 11:12 “And from the days of John the baptist the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent taketh it by force’ so they Bible says. Honourable ministers why had it to be by force than to do justice? There are some less important roads which because of politics you have graded and spent lots of public money not for public good but for your political gradisement now here you are suffering shame. Here the people have actually humbled you effectively well.

Chiga
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Chiga

Fire fighting is a dangerous last resort. See how part of Australia has suffered total destruction and over half a billion of animals and other living things not to mention a few human lives have died. Some man-made disasters are preventable. Can these five cabinet fire fighters please explain how in a short period of the DPP reign some districts like Thyolo have seen unprecedented development??? Isn’t this selective nepotistic development?? Malawian are becoming increasingly impossible to fool that’s why the whole country is on fire. Five fire fighters is hardly an adequate number to quench all these country-wide fires!… Read more »

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