Chakwera slurs Mutharika for behaving like an amnesia patient: ‘MCP promises to make Malawi great’

Leader of opposition in parliament and  president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lazarus Chakwera, says his party is the “best” option for Malawi to being  much needed change to a fundamentally corrupt system and economy, reiterating that President Peter Mutharika has “failed” the nation.

Chakwera (right) on Times TV with host Brian Banda

In an interview on Times Exclusive  television program by host Brian Banda on Saturday, monitored on Times TV by Nyasa Times, Chakwera said his party will bring about meaningful change once it takes over the reins of power in 2019.

“We will come up with policies that will inspire Malawians,” said Chakwera.

According to Chakwera, he has “a game plan” to turn things around in the country but refused to tell it out saying it was not yet time.

He said if he were Malawian leader, he would be better off.

“I could have done things differently,” he said but could not reveal the ‘Chakwera-conomics’ that he has.

The pastor-turned-politician bemoaned the heightening corruption levels in Malawi, and said it was heart-rending that the country’s leadership was casting a blind eye on it.

“Government is stealing to buy loyalty from people by way of handouts. This is sad,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera said he does “not regret” calling Mutharika a “failed” President in as far as managing this country is concerned.

The MCP president said he was sticking to his words he said recently that Mutharika has failed Malawians because for, among others, failing to live a modest lifestyle; failing to make Malawi a secure place for investment; failing to lure donors.

He said: “If Mutharika was serious about fighting corruption, he would have implemented this solution right now. These are simple solutions that can turn our nation’s fortunes around seem impossible for this government to implement, not because they are too difficult, but because they require the kind of integrity of leadership that Mutharika and his cronies clearly do not have.”

Chakwera also justified his call for Mutharika to appear before the National Assembly to answer questions from legislators.

“It is a enshrined in the constitution for Mutharika to come back to parliament to answer questions. The president is supposed to interact with parliament,” he justified.

Asked if bringing Mutharika to parliament would change things, Chakwera was skeptical.

“It may not change things but at least it will demonstrate that we’re upholding our constitution [as a country],” he said.

According to Chakwera, he has “not lost hope” for Malawi but said there are a number of things that need to be annihilated.

“The cancer of corruption, for instance, must be handled with decisiveness,” he said.

During the interview, Chakwera also accused President Mutharika of changing statements as if he has memory loss.

“The way President Mutharika behaves these days it’s like he is suffering from Amnesia. He says this today and tomorrow he speaks completely oppositite,” said Chakwera.

Amnesia  happens when a person loses the ability to remember information and events they would normally be able to recall.

It could be something that happened seconds or minutes ago, or a memorable event that occurred in the past. The loss of memory may have started suddenly, or it may have been getting worse over the last year or so.

It’s normal to become a bit forgetful as one get older and Mutharika is 76 years old.

However, memory loss could be a symptom of something more serious  that needs medical check.

Chakwera came second in Malawi’s first ever tripartite elections in May 2014. He has remained vocal in as far as trying to make President Mutharika and his government accountable to the citizens.

He challenged Malawians that for this country to develop and move forward, everything has to start with Malawians themselves.

Chakwera stressed that his leadership is set to bring both the MCP and Malawi as a nation back on track to realise its dreams and vision.

He   said the new MCP offers hope to the people that have been looking for leadership that is selfless and that would be servant leadership.

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Mpunga Woviika.....
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Chakwera is power hungry …how can he say he can reveal his good economic policies now,yet he is saying malawians are suffering.Help your country now if u have solutions.People should wait for 2019 zoona izi.Stupid pastor

LUhana
Guest
Just for a while, let us compare what is on the ground and what Chakwera says. later on lets analyse what Peter does regarding problems in the country. If we soberly look at that then one would entirely agree with Chakwera that the country has no leader. Look, our govt is always on the defensive drive even if it is obvious that very little is moving. on Chakwera providing solutions to the current problems, I thought it is upon the one in power to acknowledge the problems and solve them. what Chakwera is doing is more of an advisory role… Read more »
Mgoloso
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Chakwera – that is how someone behaves if he/she is so much power hungry. You make so many mistakes than ever before. Tikungoyang’ana . NthawiNthawi ikwana yoti nafenso tiyankhule kudzera mu Ballot Box

winston msowoya
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Chakwera,you have not come in the open to tell the people of Malawi what you would do if elected in 2019 elections since you were elected the President of the dreaded Malawi Confusionist Party.Be informed that it would be too tough to keep on hoodwinking Malawians for the last 52 years.Just a word for you,this is Muthalika’s final term,Malawians are tired of being turned into football each President comes into power.Afterall,you have not condemned your predecessor for unprecedented oppression and brutality carried out by him and his surrogates on innocent Malawians.This is not a progressive sign of the high priest,what… Read more »
Mario pei
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@Winston Msowoya,its all in the MCP manifesto..You should be aware that those who want to get rich join the ruling Dpp e.g uyu wakwinu Kenneth Msonda.. We have had several governments since independence but it seems like you are stuck in the past and you have forgotten that your father was was part of the one party system and a member of thevyouth league (wa yufi), your mother used to shake her bottoms dancing for kamuzu,, kukwera truck all the way from Karonga to blantyre yet you never condemned your parents.. You should also be aware that the past you… Read more »
Tororo
Guest

Winston Msowoya, Just look for MCP manifesto you will read and know what Chakwera would do if in power simple.

wa Mwale
Guest
Better to be mcp and not reveal Tue policies as some surgests, then having an empty headed so called president like bwampini amene alipoyo, who can not find what to do when a minister abuses his office in maizegate, and go ahead introducing comkision of enquiry without suspending the same people involved. Its a shame whatever Chakwela says is better hope than mutalika himself. If dpp thinks that their 2019 is this bwampini, am sure they are they are same as having nobody at all. Dxanja lalemba nkhangw zaona, I am tired we are tired, we gave you support but… Read more »
Psyuta
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kkkkikkkkkk Aonanso mmene ajudulilidwe !6t

Matako
Guest
Most of the people criticizing Dr Chakwera sound as if they have just heard him speak for the first time. These critics are either deliberately playing damn or its sheer stupidity for them to say Chakwera does not reveal what he believes are solutions to the our ailing economy. Here is my response in his defense. If you are a learned person and have been following the debate on corruption in our country, I would suggest you go and read the SONA Dr Chakwera gave about a month ago or so. In it he outlines what he believes are the… Read more »
daniel
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Cadet yasintha strategy kkkkkkkk Ali tiziyika ma comment oyipa a chakwera,sizithekabe

h.
Guest

Walemba ma comments apamwambawa ndi omwe akuba ndalama zaboma Dpp machinanery imeneyi. Mulungu akuwona tsiku lina mumva kuwawa sure. Moti zoti president wanuyo pamodzi ndi nonsenu a Dpp nzeru zakutherani ndipo mwawononga dziko lino Chakwera akunama?? Vuto munthu wakuba sadziwa kuti ndiwakuba

santana
Guest

A Chakwera mukuona ngati kuyendetsa dziko ndikopweka ngati kubatiza anthu m’charichi? Why are you hiding your policies? I thought as a leader of opposition it is your duty to give solutions to the govt? We said it that the opposition is good at pointing at mistakes of the govt but it does have nothing to offer for solutions. If you were a true man of God why did he not favour you in the 2014 elections? You are a curse, Chakwera.

Mario pei
Guest
@Winston Msowoya,its all in the MCP manifesto..You should be aware that those who want to get rich join the ruling Dpp e.g uyu wakwinu Kenneth Msonda.. We have had several governments since independence but it seems like you are stuck in the past and you have forgotten that your father was was part of the one party system and a member of thevyouth league (wa yufi), your mother used to shake her bottoms dancing for kamuzu,, kukwera truck all the way from Karonga to blantyre yet you never condemned your parents.. You should also be aware that the past you… Read more »
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