Chakwera says Zimbabwean billionaire to provide Malawi with ventilators: Analyst calls for ‘decisive leadership’ to combat Covid-19

As Malawi grapples with Covid-19 with virus cases continue to spike,  President Lazarus Chakwera has  said he is  talking to UK-based Zimbabwean billionaire businessman and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa, who has promised to provide ventilators and investment.

President Chakwera: This is a serious challenge
UK-based Zimbabwean billionaire businessman and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa, has promised to provide ventilators and investment.

Chakwera disclosed this in quotes reported by The Guardian newspaper of UK.

“This is a serious challenge,” Chakwera said, one that he is quick to point out could affect his ability to keep his promises in the short term.

Zimbabwean Masiyiwa, the founder of Econet Wireless, said he is interested to work and help Chakwera administration as he used to during the reign of Joyce Banda.

“I have a long history with Malawi and its a country I enjoy visiting,” said Masiyiwa.

He added,”Under the leadership of Joyce Banda (who I call big sister) I used to ‘drop in’ unannouced with friends. I once went with Bill and Chelsea Clinton, and we had a beautiful time.”

Masiyiwa said he is going to work very hard for Malawi again, “and I  will once again begin to ‘drop in’ and send investors to the country, real investors.”

Ministry of Health chief of health services Charles Mwansambo said major hospitals are facing soaring demand of oxygen supplie, saying Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) consumption is way above normal where “one person is using three cylinders a day each costing K152 000 a month.”

Meanwhile,  governance analyst Makhumbo Munthali has told Nyasa Times that with the rising confirmed cases of Covid-19 and deaths, it’s critical that the Tonse Alliance-led government must demonstrate “decisive leadership” to combat the pandemic.

“The current state of laxity remains a great concern. Government must not only act on Covid-19 but also be seen to be acting on the same,” said Munthali.

He continued: “Truth be told, there’s is no excuse to justify government’s failure to act decisively on Covid-19 especially mindful of the fact we passed the elections.

“Besides, the issue of lack of trust in the previous regime which undermined efforts to fight pandemic is now history following the election of new government with a more increased legitimacy command. It is in such a context that the Tonse Alliance government can utilize this increased legitimacy to lead in the fight against Covid-19.”

Ministry of Health’s Kuunika Team projected that without interventions, Malawi would register as many as 16 million infections and 50 000 Covid-19 deaths.

The concerned citizens, that included bottle store owners, Prophet David Mbewe and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), challenged  Covid-19 measures restrictions the immediate past president Peter Mutharika issued including a lockdown.

A judicial review process on lockdown was then certified as a constitutional matter by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda.

In their submission to the court dated July 20 2020, Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) argued that coronavirus prevention measures such as lockdown are not appropriate because they could impinge on people’s livelihood on access to food and health care.

The medical doctors, with specific reference to lockdown, acknowledged the potential utility of such a measure to curb the spread of the contagium, but cast doubt on effective implementation of the measure.

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Wawa
Wawa
6 months ago

Mr. President , why have you just hand picked this Guy? This is against what U preached on Tonse Campaign rallies. You told the nation that procurement of services and goods will be advertised. And every Malawian will have an equal opportunity to bid. Is this what u meant? U seriously practicing chikondi cha nkhwangwa chokoma pokwera. We know Masiyiwa has money, but try as much as possible to stick to ur promises.

Noxy
6 months ago

Malawi is going nowhere

Wikleaks
Wikleaks
6 months ago

i better understand strive because I was in Zimbabwe when he was struggling to set his business. However let me appeal to him to help his fellow country men and leave Malawi thieves alone

Steve
Steve
6 months ago

If you don’t know Strive Masiiwa its better to keep quiet, as we speak his company Econet in Zimbabwe is the biggest employer and the biggest taxpayer, the guys fear God, all those lawsuits some are talking about are fake I can say persecution. Masiiwa can change Malawi for good.

Kennedy
Kennedy
6 months ago

Take back the stolen money and use it to fight pandemic, why are you soft on corrupt individuals? Take back our billions from peter, thom, muli, ben, kasaila and many more.

Ungwelu
Ungwelu
6 months ago

First things first. May I know what is happening with the court process. Your Excellency there is a problem with COVID-19 in this country. Attorney General promised to accelerate the case. This disease is spreading like hell fires. What are we doing. This is not the time for praying games with illicit investors. Make a decision to save lives. We are NOT all at Kamuzu Palace. PLEASE ACT NOW.

D THONDOYA
D THONDOYA
6 months ago

Zimbabwe is also struggling with covid 19 , how many ventilators he provided there ? His business has been closed down in Zimbabwe due to fraud and dodgy transactions. What is the president up to ??

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
6 months ago

tyeni tipemphere basi. billionaire yu kwao ku Zim ndikomwe atayambe. dont let this guys’ ventilators come here. ma fugitive awa

Marumbo
6 months ago

This initiative by Chakwera is not inspiring any hope at all. Who is masiyiwa after all? Abusa musatitukwanitse, just do the needful.

Ken Phiri
Ken Phiri
6 months ago

As a country we can’t fold our arms waiting for a Zimbabwean so called billionnaire to help us. We can do it for ourselves. We can prioritize this

Why is the billionnaire not supplying the ventillators to his homeland; zimbabwe? What does he want in return from Malawi?

I feel uncomfortable with this deal. I would say NO to this deal. It is a toxic deal.

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