Blair coming to harvest taxes of poor Malawi people, Chakwera wrong to entertain this nonsense – Critic

A social media activist Onjezani Kenani has lashed out at reports that former United Kingdom  (UK) prime minister Tony Blair wants to set up an advisory office on governance results delivery at Malawi State House and the Office of the President and Cabinet,  saying their  activities  will be  opaque as they coming to feast on the poor people’s tax money.


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) recruiting the people who will be paid for by the taxes of the poor in Malawi.

According to Tony Blair’s website, the Blair Institute is looking to set up a new project to support the government of Malawi to strengthen its delivery and implementation mechanisms.

Kenani took to Facebook to query Blair activities: “What do they mean, ‘strengthening delivery in the Presidency’? It means nothing. They are simply coming to harvest the taxes of the poor, like they did last time. All paid for by the poor people of Malawi. This is not right. President Lazarus Chakwera is wrong to entertain this nonsense.”

He noted that Blair  Institute are already recruiting the people who will be paid for by the taxes of the poor in Malawi.

Blair has been criticised for being opaque.

“When [Peter] Mutharika stole the election, these people did not speak. Their newspapers – Africa Confidential and Foreign Policy – were busy laughing at our efforts to take the case to court.

“ When Mutharika tried to rape the constitution in the Chief Justice saga, these people did not say a word. The moment we won, they came running with all sorts of ideas, just so they can harvest taxes of the poor. Taking advantage of the fact that we consider anyone from Europe as better than ourselves,” wrote Kenani.

He further pointed out that President Chakwera has 21 advisors. Six of them – called Chief Advisors – are at the same rank as Cabinet ministers. They even drive the same types of vehicles, the Prados. The other 15 – special advisors – drive Toyota Fortuners.

“With such a phalanx of advisors, Dr Chakwera’s government still wants to bring in Tony Blair’s people. It would have been OK if they were to be paid by their own resources but no, we will be paying for everything.

“The poor who are sleeping on queues to buy fertilizers will be paying for everything. The poor without medicine and equipment in hospitals will be paying for everything. K700 million per year.

“This is sad. If you guys have run out of ideas to run this country just say so,” wrote Kenani.

TheTony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), a charity set up by the former prime minister, opened the same office in Malawi during the Joyce Banda administration but closed down soon after the K30 billion ‘cashgate’ corruption scandal emerged.

The AGI had been working closely with Mrs Banda and  stepped up its “Malawi project”  when it sent four advisers to the capital Lilongwe  since July 2012 and the agreement was to support President Banda up to the presidential election in 2014.

Banda lost the elections but helped to propel the incumbent President Lazarus Chakwera to power through the Tonse Alliance and is a close ally to the Head of State.

The Blair Institute says will seek to strengthen connections with other key ministries and agencies both in the centre (the vice president’s office and the ministry of Finance and Economic Planning).

“Our Malawi team may extend to include advisors in these or other Ministries, depending on the sectoral priorities of the Presidency,” said the Blair Institute.

It said President Chakwera is looking to strengthen the capacity of his government to implement his vision for development, as outlined in his Malawi Congress Party (MCP) manifesto and in the manifestos of parties in his Tonse alliance.

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Moqtadar al Sadir
1 month ago

Blacks are also racists and when a white does it on us we cry like babies. As a former prime minister of the UK do you think he needs our money? Do you know what it takes to be a PM? They don’t practice the Buluma, Nankhumwa, Mchacha and Fyness politics of poverty.

Gwede Mantashe
Gwede Mantashe
1 month ago

Ngati kuli zina mwa mbuuuuzi pano padzkoko lapansi,ndiye Jo-galuwafa ndi anzake omwe samudziwa bwino Blair.
Mulibe iliyonse mmitu mwawo anthu otelewa
Ndipo alikagulu ndithu.

Bauleni
Bauleni
1 month ago

Bibi yeni yeni. This Chakwera guy is full of stinkers

Tito
1 month ago

Kenani has lost it this time. Blair Foundation is not going to be paid by Malawi Government, their services are a donation to Malawi, in addition they will employ Malawians to do the job. Other successful countries such as Rwanda and Kenya are benefiting from their services. Malawians, please stop the spirit of Jelousy, there is indeed need for a mindset change if the country is to develop.

Moqtadar al Sadir
1 month ago
Reply to  Tito

Kulitu mbuzi, mabulutu kuno Ku Malawi. Educated fools. Stupid self proclaimed experts in negativity.

Richard Taruvinga
Richard Taruvinga
1 month ago

We want a constructive politics. Whats wrong with Tony to support Malawi he has got his won money than Malawi

KWENGWERE
KWENGWERE
1 month ago

Mabi basi. If he has his money let him sit back and eat that money

Luckson
Luckson
1 month ago

Everyone in Malawi now has a doctorate including Akweni. What r all these doctorates for? Meaningless. By the way Tony Blair doesn’t have a doctorate. Just saying. These are the ramifications of a lost and adrift administration totally bereft of ideas and still looking for colonialism to solve their problems. Why didn’t we elect Tony Blair to be President in the first place. It would have been more efficient and more productive, no? Why are all the Civil servants and so called advisors drawing salaries? What is the cabinet for? Just to wear suits and fancy attire and pretend to… Read more »

Melvin
Melvin
1 month ago

Ooooh, Dr. chakwera why betray your people by connecting with this evil man. What sort of advice on governance would you get from Tony Blair? Why didn’t you seek advice from the likes of Professor Lumumba or any sane political African person, without any ill intentions towards black people? Tony Blair, and his counter part Boris Johnson are about to introduce the macho laws, 666, and the new world order. Next year ( 2021) is going to be a very tough years. Kodi mudzamva liti kuti azungu siyali mbali yathu,ndi adani athu? Stop stooping so low to white people. These… Read more »

JO GALU WAFA
1 month ago

don’t bring facebook issues into this news sites, you are losing your credibility. serious analysis or critics creates their own domains not facebook. those are mere noise makers and attention seekers. by the way who is onjezani kenani, how old is he, wayenda maiko angati, wagwirako ntchito mu boma for how long? stop this nonsense nyasatimes. mukutipangisa manyazi kwabasi. people without any experience poti amatha chizungu basi azitipangira phokoso.

Melvin
Melvin
1 month ago
Reply to  JO GALU WAFA

You are wrong mate. If only you knew who Tony Blair is, and what evil plans these Wazungus have by and large, you would be ashamed to write what you have just written. Boris Johnson, and all these Tony Blairs are busy taking the liberties of their own citizens in the UK, and will soon be introducing the new world order, Macho Laws and vaccines. They have ill intentions and not good for our country. We live in the UK, and know a lot of the evils these people are planning to do. Malawi is at peace now, and definitely… Read more »

ARNOLD MAVUTULA
ARNOLD MAVUTULA
1 month ago
Reply to  JO GALU WAFA

U do not have to be an expert to speak on matters that affect you besides all the points raised by the man are based on facts if u don’t agree counteract with your own facts..but bringing up his age,work experience and the platforms he chooses to create awareness on does not actually mean anything but making you sound emotional..

FIRE MABOMBA
1 month ago
Reply to  JO GALU WAFA

am also puzzled with nyasa time obsession with these facebook self made analysis. just because they have double figure blind followers or gossip hungry followers its an accreditation that they are expert on everything. these people are just empty headed individuals with no vast knowledge in topic they jump into. they are people who have failed to get job in well known media houses or NGOs and they have nothing but to spend much time on social media pretending to be working.

Revolutionary
1 month ago
Reply to  JO GALU WAFA

Stanley onjezani Kenani is an objective international civil servant don’t comment on personalities that you don’t know… He is a social commentator who calls a spade by its name, a kamuzu academy and polytechnic trained accountant, a kamuzu relation from kasungu but he is first a malawian before he is a chewa and doesn’t support mcp blindly like some of you who think Tony Blair can change our fortunes when he is a guy who contributed to the mess that the world is in by pursuing weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein didn’t have and u trust such a… Read more »

Touch down
Touch down
1 month ago

Why do we take these stupid whites to be more superior than blacks .when u live with them u realise that all that glitters ain’t gold

When did u ever hear white governments importing African politicians to come help them run their government

ASATI PUSITSE AWA
TO HELL

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago

kodi tinatani??? tili serious kukoza dziko.
kuno ku Mw timapeleka
Nyumba
Cigalimoto mafuta ake
Garden boy
Maid
Londa
zokudya every week

ma units a phone
Allowances
can we build schools and give proper shelter to these malawian kids akuphuzila panja.
It will be a shame to see the Govt officials kukaona komwe Mvula yaononga kaya ma school building or ovulala. NO SHAME???????MET DEPT alengeza za nyengo nthawi ikubwerayi. ARE WE TOGETHER. Pano tili busy kushainila coz of dzimagalimoto dzopuma.
maiko ena kulibe zimenezo.
nde dziko tikonza????????

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