Chakwera should say which manifesto govt is implementing—Nankhumwa

Leader of Opposition (LoP) Kondwani Nankhumwa has said it is disheartening that the Tonse Alliance-government continues to inspire no hope for the people of Malawi, as “the past ten months have been characterized by cumbersome delivery of campaign promises.”

Tonse Alliance is a partnership of 11 political parties in the country, that dislodged the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in last year’s June 23 Fresh Presidential Elections, and the major partners are Malawi Congress Party (MCP)—led by President Lazarus Chakwera—and UTM Party, led by his vice Saulos Chilima.

Lip service

In his response to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) that President Chakwera delivered last Wednesday, Nankhumwa—who has a huge following in the DPP and might become the party’s president at the next convention—said it was now an open secret that the Tonse administration wasn’t being practical in terms of linking its promises to its current delivery and what it intended to do in the future.

The former journalist pressed on President Chakwera to start walking his talk, saying Malawians were eagerly waiting to hear from him especially on how the promises were being implemented so far.

Leader of opposition Nankhumwa: challenging the government, holding it to account and scrutinising legislation.

“Among a litany of the promises, the youths were promised 1 million jobs within the first 12 months, and Malawians are waiting to know how many jobs have been created so far as we near the end of that timeline.

“This is equally the case with other telling promises such as free electricity and water connections; cheap cement; affordable passports; and duty-free week for businesses, among others.

“Would the President come out clear about which manifesto his government is implementing? Is it the MCP Super Hi-5 or an amalgamated manifesto from Tonse Alliance partners?” wondered Nankhumwa amid applause from opposition benches.

High cost of living

According to Nankhumwa, following a statement by Chakwera during last parliament’s budget review meeting that he would bring about radical improvements in their social and economic status it was sad that “very little has changed on the ground.”

He said: “Today, 10 months since the Tonse Alliance came to power, the cost of living has risen tenfold. Today, Malawians pay K12 000 for a bottle of cooking oil, up from K5 000 a few months ago; the prices of sugar, salt, matches and other essential commodities have also gone up. Rural farmers and ‘Kabaza’ operators now buy a bicycle tyre at K6 000 from K3 000.”

The Mulanje Central legislator also alleged favoritism in the disbursement of National Economic Empowerment Fund (NEEF) which, he said, were only benefitting MCP members.

“The President submitted that his government is currently rolling out these loans, but I can challenge anyone here to take a brief walk on the streets and ask how many people have accessed these loans. You would be shocked with the stories from the angry people as only those that support the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are able to get the loans,” said Nankhumwa

He said the youth of Malawi, who make up 70 percent of the population, were interested to know if they would indeed get a fair share of the loans as promised.

President Chakwera is expected to return to Parliament next Wednesday where he is expected to take questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) on issues of national concern.

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Chimbwimtuwa
Chimbwimtuwa
26 days ago

This man Nankhumwa though he is one of the members of the just gone corrupt government but i can see him talking sense mafuta adula ,matayala adula shaaa , but my question in board is where was he all the this time back when malawi was already in shambles? Anyway ,keep on pushing for the betterment of our beloved state hence nchachidziwikire kut with Tonse boma this Malawi will be redeemed from all the atrocities we have been faced in the previous govt


Poor Malawian
Poor Malawian
27 days ago

First is the dpp manifesto then we do PP then finally Tonse alliance. Munkangoyika miyala kufuna kupusitsa Amalawi. Nobody can listen to you . Munthu odelera Professor Mulupare

Let
Let
27 days ago

Guys politics aside Malawi has become extremely expensive. Funny I indeed bought bicycle tyres last week at k6,200. Terrible.

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
27 days ago

We have a new vision 2063. All political parties should be implementing that

Justice for all
Justice for all
27 days ago

Am not nankhumwa’s fun but to say the truth this government hasn’t yet implement anything we are still at the stand watching

Lego
26 days ago

They can not implement everything at once.You Malawians you are full of jealous of everything.How many years has Tonse been in government?

Medsonchimudima3@gmail.com
23 days ago
Reply to  Lego

But only to increase the price of cooking oil
BRAVO Tonse government

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
27 days ago

khalani pasi a cirhanki. mungonamiza anthu inu munaonetsa kuba za COVID
NOT INSPIRING

Thakaraka
Thakaraka
27 days ago

Bwana LOP pa mafuta ophikilapo ndiye mwalasa. Pitilizani kutilankhulila chifukwa ndiy popanda anthu ngati inu awa atipha ndiiiiith

Shona
26 days ago
Reply to  Thakaraka

Paja A Kapito anadya chibanzii.Kuli zii.

Get a life
Get a life
27 days ago

Which manifesto did DPP follow??? ……The kuba manifesto ??????

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
27 days ago

On this point alone like him or hate him BUT he said the truth cos it is so confusing we really don’t know which is which? If it is MCP’s well just come in the open & say.

WikiLeaks
27 days ago

Wadya za Covid-19 uyu angakhale president? Ku prison yes. Za 1 million jobs mukafunse Chlilma. A MCP sizikuwakhudza.

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