Chakwera faults poor Malawi leadership for driving citizens to be economic migrants

Poor leadership in Malawi perpetuating poverty are a fertile background promoting migration of individuals in search of better life in South Africa and other countries,  president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  Lazarus Chakwera has said.

Chakwera on SABC

Chakwera said this on  South African Broadcasting Coorperation’s (SABC)  Agenda programme  monitored by Nyasa Times on Friday.

Speaking from Cape Town, Chakwera  attacked the  Democratic Progressive Praty (DPP) led government  for its ineptness  to provide economic transformation.

He said many Malawians are denied  dignified life s only a few are enjoying economic development hence  Malawians flock to South Africa to get jobs with some of them ending up victims of xenophobic attacks.

“Many of the struggles we [Africans] face are because we have not provided economic transformation for our citizens,” said Chakwera  SABC.

He continued:”We must understand the context that Africa we must not be divided, not just South Africa but in a way that gives confidence to all countries.”

Chakwer, further, said inadequate human and economic development forces people to migrate.

“We tend to create cliques that rule and this creates a certain amount of hatred from unfulfilled promises. We need to face up to the fact that as people, we must be responsible to our people. If we run for office as politicians, we must be honest and be people of integrity serving the interest of other people rather than our own, create the jobs, create the environment in which true development can take place,” he said.

During the interview, Chakwera called for coexistenc among people following days of looting and violence in South Africa targeting foreigners in which five people died..

“ If we are not accountable, we become a worst kind of enemy, our own enemy. So as leaders we must educate our people to say, we are but one people so we must live right with  our neighbours,” Chakwera said.

South Africa has become a magnet for migrants from other parts of Africa. It has one of the continent’s biggest and most developed economies.

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Paradigm shift
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Paradigm shift

This is true leadership that Malawi needs than illegitimate, and insensitive APM who only cares about his false victory. Malawi needs more than self imposed leadership that lives only in utopia whilst poverty spreads like a deadly virus. It’s very unfortunate so called educated fools cling to power with no solutions, and no wonder Malawi is 4th poorest country in the world with 50.7 percent of the population living below the poverty line and 25 percent living in extreme poverty. Xenophobia won’t stop until corrupt leadership is completely wiped out in the country & the rest of Africa.

Joloza
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Koma mbusa wonama ngati Chakwera sindinamuone. Mmmmm Mulungu akukhululukire ndithu mbusa iwe. Tikukhulupilirani bwanji abusa Kuti mutatenga dziko muzayendetsa bwino pamene Moyo wanu ndiwabodza komanso kulodza Chala anzanu? Mpachione Mulungu anakukanani kulamulira dziko. Mtima wanu sulibwino. Nkhani ya xenophobia siyopangira ndale abusa. Ndivuto lokhuza continent yonse Reverend. Ku SA kuli anthu amayiko onse amu Africa muphatikizapo amene Chuma chawo chikuyenda bwino. Mukufuna mundiuze Kuti Simbi wa Khato anathawa mavuto Ku Malawi? People’s destinies are connected to different countries according to God’s plan. The only thing you can do is to condemn the barbaric act of xenophobia. Otherwise kuyankhula kwanu ndikowapatsa… Read more »

dalo
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dalo

Basi anthu kumangopanga ndale paliponse?? walakwachani Chakwela kubwela kuno? Anthu anzerutu mwawaona nanga wa DPP wabwela kuno ndani? Mbuzi za a malawi dpp dpp ndiye kacahani

Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu
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Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu

Inalitu meeting ya otsutsa boma. Too inferior for DPP to attend.

tizanka
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tizanka

This is a problem when you are filled with hate in your heart for a person and even worse when you have serious hunger for power, you lose your nuts

Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu
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Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu

Malawians have always been migrants starting from the colonial era, through the MCP regime what this behavior worsened with political persecution by the party of death and darkness till this day. It is undue political mileage and preposterous to attribute the current xenophobia debacle in South Africa to the elections loss by the fake accent ex-reverend foolish Nyolonyo Lazarus Chakwera. This stupid man should have rather kept quite.

tung'ande
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tung'ande

If this country had a proper foundation in the 31 years of MCP rule, we should not have had all these labour migrants. MCP has institutionalise labour migration by what the called WEnala and most people had to run away from atrocities and high level nepotism where the chewas took all the jobs. If a house has a strong foundation what you do is just do maintainance but because MCP built a weak foundation for this country that is why we all have these problems. Even when you dont feed a child properly when it is growing dont expect it… Read more »

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

Chakwera is boring. Does he mean Mozambique, Zambia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Namibia, etc., all have poor leaders? Even during MCP era, Malawians were trekking SA. By his comment, Kamuzu also provided poor leadership. Is Chakwera’s head moving?

Taxy
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Taxy

I also wonder if this man’s mental faculty is working properly. In fact if anything it is MCP to blame for most of the problems the country is facing today. 31 years of MCP’s rule was too long a time compared to the developments this country enjoyed. MCP never laid a foundation for the country’s development. I don’t think Chakwera is visionary enough to propel this country to prosperity.May be Chilima but surely not the MCP leader.

braveheart
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talking rubbish Chakwera.Which country do not have economic migrants in this world? speaking careless like that on SABC is like fuelling the same.What R u doing in CapeTown?Why can’t u make ur statement right here in Malawi?those attacks got to that extent koz others were making careless statements like what u are doing.But there’s no doubt u have ur own looters back home here so u can speak shit like that.Go to hell!

Andrew
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Andrew

I would like to know if we have so many Rwandans in RSA just like the other nationals, I believe politics aside there’s sense in what Chakwera is saying.only if as a country we change our leadership style and populace mindset we can improve,17 million people in a resource rich country like Malawi shouldn’t accept migration of such magnitude.we need such labour to develop our transport,mining, energy and other important sectors.zomwe tilinazo muno ndizokwanila tonse wina osapitanso ku joweni but dyela,usatana ndi kupanda mzeru kwa a ndale since multiparty era.we have very competitive human resource kunjaku in both technical and… Read more »

ayaka
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ayaka

Nothing good can come out of this Chakwera. He is as fake as his accent.