Chakwera dismisses DPP charges in fiery HEQs: ‘Nankhumwa’s rhetoric littered with fantasies’

President Lazarus Chakwera  during His Excellency’s Questions (HEQs) in Parliament on Thursday rejected assertions by former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials, notably Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa that the new Tonse Alliance administration was persecuting its rank and file.

Chakwera takes on Nankhumwa duirng fiery HEQs.-Photo by Lisa Kadango
President Chakwera: DPP  significantly slowed the pace of our development.-Photo by Lisa Kadango

Nankhumwa has accused Chakwera of “arbitrarily arresting” former DPP  “supporters” and that “ the President needs to exercise caution in clearing the rubble.”.

However, Chakwera rapped Nankhumwa, saying “reality has not yet sunk in for the leader of opposition for his rhetoric is litered with fantasies.”

The President said: “I must hasten ti add that he must also take off his partisan lenses when assessing the arrests effected by the police against suspected law-breakers, for as far as I know, no official of the DPP has been arrested, unless we are speaking of arrested development.

“But if those public servants who have been arrested are DPP members, let the Leader of Opposition tell us plainly.”

President Chakwera continued: “ In any event, neither I nor the Vice-President [ Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima] have any involvement in the decisions made by law enforcement agencies about whom to arrest, for they are now enjoying the independence from political interference they were denied by the DPP administration.

Chakwera also lashed at Nankhumwa for what he said deceiving Malawians that the DPP  set a pace of development, saying in reality “DPP  significantly slowed the pace of our development.”

Said Chakwera: “ After all, Malawi is neither the Singapore nor the Europe that the DPP promised. One of the reasons that Malawians fired his party from the government is because it significantly slowed the pace of our development.”

The Malawi leader also rubbished Nankhumwa’s accusation that his State of the Nation Address (Sona) did not articulate the issues if risk allowances for teachers, saying it should be left to the Tonse Alliance government to deal with.

“It is, therefore, amusing that even though he was a Cabinet minister a few months ago and supported the budget presented by his party, he did not, that time, have insight to include the risk allowances for teachers that he is now advocating for.

“His clarity of vision is only useful for looking back at his own failures and has no help in looking forward,” said Chakwera.

He also attacked DPP for its past atrocities, saying they sent police officers “to bomb and teargas MCP offices, including the MCP Headquarters while the American Ambassador was paying me a courtesy call.”

On why he had failed to address the issues of climate change in his maiden Sona, Chakwera said he will soon deliver a comprehensive address on the matter following consultations with experts, including the eminent Professor Sosten Chiotha; hence avoided pre-empting the issues in Sona.

He also skipped questions in economic projects, saying Minister of Finance Felix Mlusu will cover some of the requested information when he delivers the Tonse Alliance’s maiden national budget this Friday morning.

The fiscal plan is expected to cover a litany if promises that the Tonse Alliance made ahead of the June 23 Fresh Presidential Elections as well as Chakwera’s first Sona.

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FORGIVE THEM
FORGIVE THEM
8 months ago

Mudzazindikira bwino patsogolo
Panopa nyozani, tukwanani,
Koma mudzazindikira bwino patsogolo,
It took you cadets 6 years to destroy this country, and you want Tonse alliance to rebuild it in 3 months,
Rome was not built in a day,
TSOKONOMBWE ANATHA MTUNDA NKUDUMPHA

Guideon
Guideon
8 months ago

Kodi pamene amayankha mafutso Chilima analipo coz akuluwa matama akula abusa otaya chipangano mwana wathandizira kuwina koma pano nditukumutumu ngati anakatha kuwina kuwina powokha without SKC bwezi muli be ku opposition coz APM amukudereni kuti simunakatha kuwina

Noxy
8 months ago

The problem of squeezing idiots into government is paying the heavy price.

CHIMBENENE NDICHOSA
CHIMBENENE NDICHOSA
8 months ago

THE CAUSE OF THOSE ATROCITIES WHICH MALAWI WITNESSED DURING POST 2019 TRIPATITE ELECTION WAS BECAUSE OF APM AND JANE ANSAH SO THE FIRST PEOPLE TO BE ARRESTED SHOULD BE JANE ANSAH FOR ATTEMPTING TO RIG ELECTION AND APM FOR NOT TAKING HID TO MALAWIANS CALL TO FIRE ANSAH FOR THE SAME BECAUSE THE DEMOS WERE DONE BECAUSE OF APM AND JANE ANSAH ARROGANCE

Atokwene
Atokwene
8 months ago

Malawians have now the dull man as a president of the nation. Mr. Talk Talk who has nothing to offer us Malawians. One who promised universal subsidy during campaign only to change to targetted input three months later. One who promised tax free bracket of 100,000 Malawi kwacha only backtrack later, one who promised minimum wage of 50,000MK but nothing has come out yet. We are waiting for good salaries ife ma Civil Servants from the budget yanuyi. Saulosi told us our salaries will be like our friends in private sector. Wa degree in government should receive same salary like… Read more »

jocker
8 months ago

Chitsiri ichi

Zio ine
Zio ine
8 months ago

I would believe Chakwera rhetoric if he would arrest Masangwi for being connected with the murder of Robert Chasowa and engaged in smuggling with a certain beer importer in Chilobwe. If he would arrest Ntambo for leading violent demonstrations where a police woman was undressed, a policeman was killed, Goods and property destroyed. It’s a mockery to appoint Ntambo as minister of Unity. This is like appointing a murderer who killed your parents . I hate you Ntambo.

Richard Steel
Richard Steel
8 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

I agree with you on Masangwi, but not on Mtambo. The MPS fueled violence by carelessly handling the mob that gathered for demonstrations. The DPP officials also promoted violence by asserting that the demos were politically motivated, and by mobilizing counter demonstrations using their cadets. Mtambo was a human rights advocate, so he did what he was supposed to do, only that the political environment was not as good. Mtambo has no case to answer on this matter.

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