Atupele holds Chakwera to account on Covid-19 speech: Says Malawi govt not serious with  pandemic

United Democratic Front (UDF) leader Atupele Muluzi has released 11 points to underline that President Lazarus Chakwera’s government is not committed in the fight against Covid-19, the strands for coronavirus pandemic.

Atupele: Up to now, they have not allocated any funds for Covid-19 fight in the national budget

President Chakwera addressed the nation Saturday where  he updated the nation on how his government is working to contain the contagion.

However, writing on his Facebook account on Sunday, Atupele has taken issue with the speech, saying Chakwera’s government is not concerned about the virus pandemic  because, up to now, they have not allocated any funds for Covid-19 fight in the national budget.

The UDF leader further showed that, in comparison, the DPP administration did better in fighting the pandemic than the incumbent Tonse Alliance government.

For instance, Atupele , who once served as Minister of Health, noted that DPP administration established up to 41 sites for testing across the country but today only 11 of these sites have testing kits.

He further said the DPP administration had initiated risk allowances for all health workers, something the new government is not showing signs to implement.

“The DPP administration had set aside 6.2 Billion Malawi Kwacha to cushion low income urban dwellers with social cash transfers.

“The Tonse Alliance has removed this showing how much it does not appreciate the economic impact of COVID-19 on the poor Malawian, who live on hand-to mouth and depend on small businesses for their daily living,” he said.

Here are some of the points he has raised:

  • A presidential task force full of cabinet ministers was appointed in DPP government time but it was demeaned. This government has done the same, on what moral basis were they disparaging the previous government?
  • We are now seeing increasing teenage pregnancies across the country. This means socioeconomically we will see a less empowered girl-child and we are not seeing how the government is taking care of these issues. What plans are there to make sure girls are back to school or are exposed to school environment even in time of Covid-19 as we are in?
  • The DPP led government provided money for the procurement of medical equipment for COVID-19 isolation sites, such as ventilators, oxygen cylinders, patient monitors and newly opened oxygen gas plant at QECH and the gas plant underway in KCH…. these are DPP led initiatives, we want to see what the new government will do.
  • It is not clear how the coordination for COVID fight is being handled. Is it DoDMA, is it OPC or some hired officer to do the work? Without clearly defining the coordinating office, the battle is almost lost.

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Tommy
Tommy
1 month ago

Chipwadza trying to be importanter…. if you could say mau akulu sagonera, it just shows how useless and clueless you are….

Chebiti9
Chebiti9
1 month ago

So if the dpp govt had a plan in place where is? It should be a plan for the govt to implement and change. Truth be told there was no plan in the first place

Medson
Medson
1 month ago

I support you aTupele especially pankhani ya school
This government is not saying anything
Just afraid of hw much will pump out to support our learner’s.

Ziliko
Ziliko
1 month ago
Reply to  Medson

The old government did a worst by closing schools without our consent.So you want the Chakwera boma to open schools so if things go on the opposite direction you should point out fingers on him.ayi isiyeni boma la Ochakwera lipange zinthu with a sober mind

Khima
Khima
1 month ago

Much as Atupele may be named names but there is something this current Administration is missing in the Pandemic Fight..
1. Minister of Health not even a word as regards to the new direction we are taking
2. We dont know as yet what targets the new administration is aiming at to reduce new infections and manage cases.
3. We dont know our roadmap towards reopening of schools and businesses…we are left in darkness and hopeless.

Chautaamalanga
1 month ago

Atupele has no moral ground to be continuosly barking like a rabid dog on the affairs of Malawi.You are a spoilt child that never fought for this country’s Independence. To make matters worse,your father was a jailed for stealing government money-six pounds at Msinja Traditional court in Lilongwe if this may refresh your memory in 1969.You are a son of a convict and don’t deserve any platform to hold anybody accountable since you benefited from theft.Secondly, your father is still answering to the MK1.7BN government funds which he stole and feigns disc sickness todate. In addition, your father privately pocketed… Read more »

Kambewa ngozo
1 month ago
Reply to  Chautaamalanga

Yee
You are dam right
Kamuzu at the end sacked Bakili because Bakili was a womaniser

Chipwadza
Chipwadza
1 month ago

Sheik Sosola aku Salima ananena kale kuti mwamayu ndi chipwadza…

Wilson Chawaza Phiri
Wilson Chawaza Phiri
1 month ago

Ndatolapo mfundo imodzi yokha ya school basi. Gvt must develop a roadmap as when schools can resume in the country because covid 19 is likely to stay for a longer time. Zoti kaya school ziyamba liti kaya from the Head of State does not give hope to some stakeholders in the education sector especially those who have lost their jobs or income due to the pandemic. Government should devise a plan of action on how it intends to reopen schools but not just being mum on a very important subject matter. Even those countries that are heavily hit by the… Read more »

Neno
Neno
1 month ago

USELESS BOY WHAT CAN YOU TELL MALAWIAN

THE BEST YOU COULD HAVE DONE IS YOU TO SAY SOMETHING ON THE ISSUE OF THE MONEY THAT YOUR PARTNER DPP HAS STOLEN FROM AS MALAWI.

WE ARE IN PAIN NOW BECAUSE OF YOU AND YOUR PARTNER.

The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat
1 month ago

SCHOOL IS NOT A FAMILY PLANNING METHOD.

Mwene
Mwene
1 month ago

Shut up Man!!! At the Outbreak of Covid-19 you donated to China while importing Covid-19 from RSA. What are you saying now? Stupid no-sense utterances !!!!.

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