Analyst hails Chilima’s job creation policy as ‘politically sexy’ in 12-point plan for Malawi

University of Malawi political analyst Henry Chingaipe has  hailed the  job creation policy on Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s 12-point plan which he said he would implement if elected president in next year’s tripartite elections.

Malawi’s vice-president Saulos Chilima launching the Movement

UTM supporters at the launch

Youth attracted by politically sexy polices of  job creation and empowerment by UTM

UTM supporters at the launch

Chilima unveiled his 12-point plan on Saturday at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe where he officially launched United Transformation Movement (UTM).

Among others, Chilima pledged to create one million jobs, abolish the quota system of selecting students into public universities, end presidential immunity from prosecution while in office, increase teachers’ salaries and make Parliament the appointing authority of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general and other important positions, in the first year if elected president in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Chingaipe said while there was a clear articulation of policy positions on selected issues by the UTM, some of its aims appear unrealistic.

“The creation of one million jobs in the first year is politically sexy, especially for the youth but the broad framework or strategy that he described for this is unlikely to be pulled off within a year,” Chingaipe said.

Economist Henry Kachaje said the creation of one million jobs in Chilima’s first year if elected president  will be a tall order though not impossible.

Kachaje said job crration should be one of the deciding factors for the potential leaders wishing to take Malawi out of abject poverty and set it on the sustainable socio-economic path.

He said c reating a million jobs within a year might be a tall order, “especially considering the current macroeconomic environment” but that  it is mission possible.

Mzuzu-based political commentator Emily Mkamanga said Chilima spoke what people wanted to hear.

She said: “Creating one million jobs may not be easy. In this country, we have left behind areas such as factories where jobs can be created.”

Governance expert and political commentator Makhumbo Munthali said Chilima is speaking the language of the people.

“ For the first time in recent years, we saw someone tackling issues that really matter to ordinary Malawians head on,” said Munthali.

Laying down a 12-point plan for UTM, Chilima said it is the intention of UTM to have a merit-based civil service.

 

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It’s very possible to create 1 million jobs, the problem is man people think in generic way and do generic things, he talked about agriculture, it’s a multibillion industry if taken wisely and seriously, construction of universities and otherI infrastructure will creat more jobs in construction industry, tourism and service industry, we need to start doing things we have never done before toI transform thethe country

santana
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santana

Malawians will never stop being used as political punch bags. And the whole Masintha clapped hands after this silly statement of 1,000,000 jobs. Makhumbo’s backing of this lie only shows that he is another dunderhead of the year.

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It is possible to create one million jobs in Malawi if Chilima can think out of the box. People are already criticizing him before he even explained his road map to the creation of those one million jobs. I believe in the coming months he will explain to the Malawian people how he is going to achieve the one million jobs. I like someone who set the benchmark of what is going to do in his administration once he is elected as a president unlike Peter Hitler Mutharika and his Interhangwe, Mulhako wa Alomwe are preaching on. All they know… Read more »

Peter
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Peter

Why ladies ladies chiliMA aaaahhh bwinotu bwino

GOGO
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GOGO

We Malawians allow politicians to fool us. And our media is SO weak – it cannot ask these crucial questions. The idea that Chilima can create 1 million jobs is not only laughable but IMPOSSIBLE. Believe it at your own peril. Again, we have a team of UTM people who are lying to the electorate.

Sikusinja
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Sikusinja

Atupeles promise in 2014 of 500,000 jobs in 5 years at 100,000 jobs a year was more realistic and practical. If SKC gets in government it wont mean all of a sudden interest rates are favorable or investors start coming. We do not have energy capacity to support industrilazation. As a matter of fact, we dont even have 1 million people actively employed in both public and private sector. Even SME’s now havent employed as many people. So lets be realistic otherwise this is when people start losing faith when after one year there are retrenchments instead of jobs created.… Read more »

AKWENI
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AKWENI

There is no way Chilima can create 1 million jobs even in one year or 10 years. Anyone who believes this should go to mental hospital and have their head checked.

mark
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mark

HONORABLE CHILIMA , YOU AND YOUR BOSS HAVE ALREADY FAILED MALAWIANS….. YOU AND YOUR BOSS HAVE FAILED TO FIGHT CORRUPTION.. YOU AND YOUR BOSS HAVE FAILED TO CREATE JOB FOR MALAWIANS…YOU AND YOUR BOSS HAVE FAILED TO SOLVE ELECTRICITY PROBLEMS……..YOU AND YOUR BOSS ARE NOW BUSY FIGHTING BLAME GAME……..PLEASE STOP FOOLING AND INSULTING MALAWIANS…

Bambo phiri
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Bambo phiri

Creating 1 million jobs in ayear is possible in malawi. First thing first, government should pay private sector their monies in billions .immediately after paying lets say 200 billion kwacha its obvious 300000 or more jobs will be immediately created. Secondly banks interest must still drop so we can be able to borrow with no pressure . Creation of Development bank can help business people to create additional jobs. Infact government will only need to employ 10,000 because private sector including the individual business people will employ over a projected million . Believe me this is very possible. Corruption has… Read more »

Ter
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Ter

chicken economic theories..Osangakhale phee bwanji

Panganani
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Malawians, let us start thinking. For a long time, we have parked our brains in wardrobes and basically use our feet to think. What is classified as a job in the USA is different from what we categorize as a job in Malawi. The economic parameters and underpinning fundamentals that drive job in America and other countries are quite different from those in Africa and in particular in Malawi. Creating 1,000,000 jobs within the first 12 months of any serious government is one of the easiest targets it can achieve. Parents and guardians need to stop thinking that job creation… Read more »

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