Chakwera says Malawi ‘poverty by choice’: Calls for national development agenda

Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera argues that while Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world the continued impoverishment is no longer of circumstances but by choice.

Chakwera:

Chakwera: Poverty by choice

Chakwera told parliament that the country needs to develop an inclusive and long term agenda for the development of the nation.

“It is unacceptable that 50 years after independence, the majority of our people are poorer and worse than before,” said Chakwera.

He said it is “inexcusable” that Malawi is still ranked amongst the poorest in the world.

“Ours is no longer poverty of circumstances but poverty by choice, perpetuated by leaders too cowardly to make the top choices that can move us forward,” stated Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president.

“Someone actually said – Why Africa’s people are poor is because their leaders have made this choice. “

Chakwera advocates for the national development agenda which he said requires collaboration between all sections of society and effective courageous leadership from government.

“In a society with social and economic divisions as deep as ours, neither social nor economic transformation is possible without a capable, viable and functioning state. The state provides institutions and infrastructure that enable the economy and society to operate based on a reformed electoral system that everyone has trust in,” said Chakwera whose party maintains his election victory in 2014 was robbed by DPP for Peter Mutharika the incumbent.

Chakwera accused the Mutharika administration of failing to alleviate poverty but hell bent on leaders’ wrongful self-enrichment.

“On behalf of every Malawian who wants justice and on behalf of every Malawian who is waiting for a government that will have nothing for us without us, I say that we are not impressed with this administration,” said Chakwera.

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Romeo Hastings Bandawe
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WHAT IS CHAKWERA DOING TO HELP GOVERNMENT ALEVIATE POVERTY?

Teacher
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Well said. But it’s not only government at fault. It’s all Malawians. Malawians embraced poverty long time ago. Malawians are lazy. Malawians lack creativity because of their lazy minds. Malawians go for the cheap way out of everything. That’s why they urinate anywhere, they litter anyhow even in the bus, they eat anything as long as it’s food, they beg even the president goes begging. Unless the mindset is changed, nothing will.

Teacher
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Well said. But it’s not only government at fault. It’s all Malawians. Malawians embraced poverty long time ago. Malawians are lazy. Malawians lack creativity because of their lazy minds. Malawians go for the cheap way out of everythings. That’s why they urinate anywhere, they litter anyhow even in the bus, they eat anything as long as it’s food, they beg even the president goes begging. Unless the mindset is changed, nothing will.

mbwiye karonga karonga
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mbwiye karonga karonga

ngati kuli mbutuma yayikilu kumalawi ndi chakwera will never rule Malawi

makwinjaishmael
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The MCP president is right, “Poverty by Choice,environmental degradation by choice aswell and hunger is by Choice too. Let start by Cleaning the gentleman so called Watipatsa, during the time his Dadie was at political roggerheads with DPP, he could make alot of noise regarding electricity . He seemed to be a useful engine towards environment. He was claiming to bring a competitor to Escom and make electricity cheap.These remarks from his political sharpen mouth made us have trust in this young man. The moment he was Picked by the DPP to be min of Mines and what- what, we… Read more »
Christian life
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We will get to know the best by majorities interest and it is currently dpp a party that can claim support beyond its base in the south, the only party that has repeated its rule on Malawians regardless of peoples claim. How do you become a president if you can’t get out of of your house (your selected central region districts)

bernard
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i supot this point that the truth shall prevail, juses was crusfied becos h was speaking the truth.Many wil come after coruption,we r in last day wat bible says wil come to pas read 2 timothy 3 vs 5 going down

Mvula J. Mvula
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Also advocate for introduction of identity cards to eliminate dubious voters during the election years!

haga
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im sure this Chakwere guy is becoming sane.im sure this is not the right time to assess peter.how could he accuse peter for failling to alliviate poverty when he has been a president for less than a year.kamuzu ruled malawi for 31 years,muluzi for ten and bingu for 12 years but u have the courage to accuse peter.what are these agendas you have in mind that will transform malawi to greater hieghts?outline your agendas now.were tired of your poems buddy.now i see your chances of winning the 2019 elections getting slim,with udf getting swallowed by dpp and the death of… Read more »
Weni weni m'malawi
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Abusa chakwera, ndati ndingokukumbutsaniko kuti boza nditchimo pamaso pa mulungu, kodi mukunena zowona kuti uphawi uli m’malawi muno it by choice?,ndikuti ndi azitsogoleri ndiwomwe anatisakhira umphawi uwu?, sinanga nanutso muli m’gulu lomwelo?,kodi inu osauthetsa bwanji umphawiwo?, bodza musiye ababo inu mungazalangidwe nalo, khalani chitsazo chabwino kwa amalawi anse ngati m’busa.

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