Chakwera says Tonse ‘civil war’ unacceptable and a disgrace:  Launches housing project

President Lazarus Chakwera has said the political violence in the run up to the November 10, 2020 by-elections un Karonga Central, perpetrated by some members of his Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party of Vice-President Saulos Chilima, was “unacceptable” and “a disgrace” to the Tonse Alliance government.

Chakwera pushing the wheelbarrow at Ipiyana construction site. Pic by- Gracian Jeke-Mana (1)
Chakwera captured digging the ground to mark the official launch of costruction of 10,000 security houses. Pic by- Gracian Jeke 

Speaking on Tuesday  at Karonga Community Ground when he presided over the ground-breaking ceremony for the  construction of 10 000 staff houses for security institutions across the country at Ipiyana in Karonga District.

“That these incidents took place at all in an era of democratic freedom is unacceptable, but that they  perpetrated by fellow members of the Tonse Alliance against each other is a disgrace,” said Chakwera.

The President said everyone is free to support and campaign for any party and candidate they like in an election.

“To intimidate to assault anyone for exercising that constitutional right is travesty,” he said.

The winner of the by-election Leonard Mwalwanda of MCP was introduced to Chakwera at the ceremony while his rival Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo of UTM also attended.

Speaking about the housing project, Chakwera has said the country’s men in uniform deserve decent and durable accommodation for them to maintain peace and order professionally.

“The men in uniform workday and night to maintain peace and order in the country. But for many years, their work has not been recognised and even their welfare is always compromised.

“These are the people who put their lives and those of their families at risk because of the nature of their job.

“But for so long, we have not taken care of their welfare. We want that tendency to be a thing of the past,” said Chakwera.

He then called on the people in the country to appreciate and support the role played by security institutions for order to prevail in the country.

The President then warned the project’s contractors against corruption such as selling building materials, saying such behaviour leads to sub-standard work.

In his remarks, Minister of Lands and Housing, Kezzie Muskwa, said the construction of staff houses for security institutions is part of a lager housing program that government is geared to undertake to address shortage of houses in the country.

“This country is facing acute shortage of decent and permanent houses, not only in rural areas, but even in urban centres.

“The 2008 Population and Housing Census showed that only 21 per cent of the country’s housing stock comprised permanent houses while 34 per cent were semi-permanent.

“This means that the majority of Malawians have limited access to structurally stable and durable houses,” he said.

Msukwa disclosed that construction of the houses will be in phases across the country and that 1,000 will be completed in the first phase.

Malawi Defence Force and Malawi Police Service will get 4000 houses each while Malawi Prison Service and the Department of Immigration will have 1000 houses each.

The project will see 157 houses constructed at Ipyana for police, immigration and prison.

Later, the President also visited a site for the project on the extension of North Rukuru Dyke that will be implemented by the Malawi Defence Force in three months to the tune of K346 million.

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Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
5 months ago

Change is always dangerous. Look how he’s worsening things maulidi

Kwitanda
Kwitanda
5 months ago

It was good that it was MCP and UTM who were fighting. And if Chakwera was a politician he would have known that there is a problem with the alliance. Very soon it will be a fight between Chakwera himself and Chilima. We have seen the Veep has turned himself to bethe president

CULTURE
CULTURE
5 months ago

A bad leader is always mute when his followers do bad thing. He will condemn it after achieving what he wanted. A good leader condemn something just when it is happening. Both Chakwela and Chilima have the same leadership skills. Both were mute when there were battles between supporters of Mwenifumbo (UTM) and Mwalwanda (MCP). Bad leaders indeed.

Ajijo
Ajijo
5 months ago

I was thinking aloud,, to say, the president appointed ministers to do such jobs that he is undertaking. And the ministers would report to him. Kodi ndiye kuti pali ma allowance akayenda? Ndikudabwa nawo abwana away. Servant leadership is now into allowance cash gate. Bwinotu muyamba kwayiwala anthu zomwe munalonjeza.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
5 months ago

okatunga ma 500 litres aja ku zitsime za mwafuta munya mpwelele ngati wa mbuzi.
munazolowera zaulele. lelo mukulephera masamu. n’gooooooo

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Makadeti mukwanitsa kutokota mpaka 2070? You will be in opposition forever. Nobody wants dpp back. Snowball used to ask the Animals, “do you want Mr. Jones back?” The names dpp sends shivers down our spines.

cipher nkhoma
cipher nkhoma
5 months ago

TO me chakwera is the second best president ever ,tikudziwa kuti ambilinu mumkafuna mcp isadzalamulirenso koma zoona zake inuyo si Mulungu you tried ever fomula in the book to broke Gods plan but you failed say whatever you wish to say koma Chakwera is your President until 2025

Jah
Jah
5 months ago
Reply to  cipher nkhoma

Tangonenani zabwino zakezo osati eee mulungu eee God!!!

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
5 months ago
Reply to  cipher nkhoma

Best president on what basis? Talk talk? Now we have fuel prices raised!!!

Kambewa ngozo
5 months ago
Reply to  PelomaPepe

Yes evin in UK fuel is expensive. If you cannot afford why force matters

MASTER NDOTA
5 months ago

ULEMU WANU BWANA CHAKWERA, THE BEST PRESIDENT OF MALAWI, IN MY LANKING. debate on this issue is not attained

Mbanje Legalised
Mbanje Legalised
5 months ago
Reply to  MASTER NDOTA

Mwati ‘Lanking’?

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
5 months ago
Reply to  MASTER NDOTA

In your “lanking” indeed!

Mbwiyembwiye
Mbwiyembwiye
5 months ago
Reply to  PelomaPepe

Awa apitenso nkalasi akadziwe kusiyana kwa Ranking ndi Lanking: After all Lanking mulibe mu dictionary ya Chingerezi koma ya ochewa!!

Ineyo
Ineyo
5 months ago
Reply to  MASTER NDOTA

Mchifukwa chake ali wa MCP, akanakhala wa DPP ma spelling ake sakanakhala amenewa

Mbwiyembwiye
Mbwiyembwiye
5 months ago
Reply to  MASTER NDOTA

Ma

Japan mee
Japan mee
5 months ago

Surely you cant compare Chakwera with this past thief of a president. Chakwera is a man of integrity. Your APM was a very stupid thief and a dull president we have ever witnessed. Be ashamed of yourselves when you try to compare the President and your Chicago mafia.

Mapopa
Mapopa
5 months ago
Reply to  Japan mee

Ahhhhh NO, When it comes to dullness, Chakwera is the dullest, even Bakili Muluzi was better.

phiri
5 months ago

ADEFECTOR, WHY CONDEMING NOW NOT THEN? WEAK LEADERSHIPPPP AND THE WAR IS JUST STARTING NOW HHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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