Analysts tip new Malawi govt on utilising public good will 

Analysts  and political commentators  have urged President Lazarus Chakwera and his deputy Saulos Chilima to get  down to business to ensure they  deliver their developmental aspiration.

Munthali: Malawians have huge expectations in the new leadership and it would be prudent enough for them to learn from the mistakes of DPP
Chunga: President Chakwera generally struck the right chords towards national unity

Chakwera was sworn in as the country’s new president on Sunday after beating the incumbent Peter Mutharika in an historic rerun vote.

Social and governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that just like it was in 2009 with Bingu wa Mutharika, the advantage Chakwera has is a strengthened legitimacy to govern following his 58 percent win as he garnered 2.6 million of the 4.4 million votes cast, against Mutharika’s 1.7 million votes, or about 39 percent, according to final official results declared bu Malawi’s Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale.

“This means that his government already has wider public acceptance or good will a factor which is partly conducive to enable a leader deliver their developmental aspiration,” said Munthali.

However, the governance expert said  it is up to Chakwera and his second-in-command  Chilima to utilize the  current public good will in spearheading an inclusive developmental agenda or waste it just as Bingu did by pursuing narrow selfish political interests.

“The game is in their court. Malawians have huge expectations in the new leadership and it would be prudent enough for them to learn from the mistakes of DPP and hit the ground right away,” Munthali said.

“ There is no time for honeymoon. Malawians are tired of politics of poverty and aspire a government that can deliver their aspirations,” he added.

Mvula: Mvula: No tribal politics, no politics of relatives, no politics of employing only those party cadres

In his speech during Sunday’s swearing-in  ceremony attended by thousands in the capital, Lilongwe, Chakwera said: “With your help, we will restore the nation’s faith in the possibility of a government that serves. Not a government that rules. A government that inspires, not a government that infuriates. A government that listens, not a government that shouts. A government that fights for you and not against you.”

Reacting to Chakwera’s acceptance speech, Joseph Chunga, a political science lecturer at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, said the new President generally struck the right chords towards national unity.

He  said Chakwera  “acknowledged the need to build a nation that is currently divided. He underlined that what Malawians need is change that translates in improvement of their lives.”

Henry Chingaipe, another prominent political and governance analyst, said the speech was “a good start and inspires hope”.

“It recognises that the authority to govern comes from the people. A great acknowledgement of stewardship and leadership over rulership.

“It’s a pledge for responsive and accountable governance and pledges inclusive governance and building national unity,” Chingaipe said in quotes reported by The Nation.

Political commentator Humphrey Mvula concurs and urges the new government to deliver on its promises.

“They have won on a good manifesto, cheap universal fertilisers, jobs, Malawi for everyone plus all other good progammes.  If this government wants to win to retain the trust of Malawians, it must indeed look at every Malawian as a Malawian, no tribal politics, no politics of relatives, no politics of employing only those party cadres, they’ll need to change and start all over again and include everyone,” said Mvula.

Chakwera will be inaugurated as President “tentatively” on July 6, the country’s Independence Day, at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, according to MCP spokesperson the Reverend Maurice Munthali.

Chilima will be serving a second term as Vice-President and is also now Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms.

In 2014, he partnered Mutharika who plucked him from the private sector where he worked as the first Malawian managing director of multinational Airtel Malawi plc before falling out midway and formed his UTM Party.

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1 year ago

Humprey Mvula wakuba uyu anagwetsa Stagecoach asamatiyankhule

1 year ago

For sure, Fertilizer and Jobs, pulled alot of votes on him for benefit of malawians not him. So help him God.

1 year ago

inu Malawi mumandifabwitsa: mukamawatenga a Mvula ngati political, sports analyst!!! How old were you when he was Director of Research in UDF and CEO OF Stagecoach??? What happened to Stagecoach and under whose stewardship??? Wakeup little ones!! Next time you’ll take Kasambara, Mphwiyo, Amayi as your analysts!!! Zimandimvetsa chisoni bwanji!!! Possibly you were in standard four when they were plundering Malawi’s economy.

Nsanje A. Malawi
Nsanje A. Malawi
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbwiyembwiye

exactly, what a useles man. he even failed to build his own house at his home village in mzimba.

Mwana wa Papa
Mwana wa Papa
1 year ago

Amvula musamaziiike pa public kulankhula ngati saint, apologize to Malawians for the greed you showed in your era then muzipanga bwino analyze ndale.

Nsanje A. Malawi
Nsanje A. Malawi
1 year ago
Reply to  Mwana wa Papa

zeze wachabechabe

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