Chakwera  unfazed by ‘Siku’ tag: In Karonga to launch police houses, Nkhatabay tomorrow for tree planting

President Lazarus Chakwera who has faced scathing criticism from an influential newspaper columnist that  he is inspecting some infrastructure projects by his predecessor, is today in the northern border district of Karonga

Chakwara makes a speech behind education offices on arrival in Mzuzu, pic Gracian Jeke – Mana
MCP supporters welcome Chakwera in Mzuzu, pic by Gracian Jeke – Mana

to launch construction of 10 000 houses for the country’s security agencies.

The project was initiated by the previous government but the current administration will implement it.

Chakwera arrived in the northern region on Monday and speaking to people in Mzuzu, said he is committed for the  Northern Region development plan which includes plans to construct the Orton Chirwa International Airport in Mzuzu.

The President Chakwera said government will source funds for big projects in the region and will continue with the development activities, including the Njakwa- Livingstonia Road and Rumphi-Nyika –Nthalire Road.

From Karonga, Chakwera will head to Nkhata Bay on Wednesday where he will launch national tree planting program.

The Malawi leader has faced criticism for his local travels  performing among other mundane tasks that someone who is serious about governing would not even think of indulging in.

Chakwera has been given a tag of Siku Transport Limited  popular slogan ‘Here today there tomorrow’.

In his ‘Chut-the-chaff’ column, The Nation newspaper’s managing editor, Ephraim Munthali rapped Chakwera that he wants to attend every function he has been invited to.

“Instead of tiring the sun out like sekeru Vilemi Dazi, President Lazarus Chakwera should work for Malawians as he promised and so far, his idea of working is speechifying and travelling around,” reads part of the column.

The newspaper columnists pointed out that as Chakwera talks and visits—sometimes embroidering himself in scandals (the Bushiri-gate in South Africa and Covid-gate in Botswana)—things are falling apart in Malawi as his job of leading this country suffers.

“Poor citizens, including women—some of whom come with infants—are spending weeks waiting for subsidised farm inputs that Chakwera and his governing partners promised would go smoothly and reach every farming family with ease. We now know that was a lie as a huge number of deserving poor people have been left out and the lucky ones who are actually getting, are literally sweating for it.

“As he talks and talks, his cronies and close aides are auctioning the country to the highest bidder. As he jets around, his administration is failing to pay civil servants on time and disburse funding to ministries, departments, agencies and councils.

“And when he finally sits on his office chair to do something, it is to do crazy things such as signing off hefty allowances for members of Parliament, the majority of who belong to his Malawi Congress Party and alliance partners,” reads the column.

According the Munthali, when you look back and try to reflect on what Chakwera has done during his time as President since June 23 fresh presidential elections,  “the results are underwhelming: binders full of speeches here today and there tomorrow; more or less like the transporter. Now, that sounds like a one-term record.”

Chakwera campaigned on a ticket to transform Malawi into a middle-income economy by building a capable democratic developmental state.

His approach to governance has five core pillars  which he brands as Hi-5: he values servant leadership; uniting Malawians; prospering together; ending corruption; judicial independence and rule of law.

Chakwera has outlined several key initiatives, including a universal fertilizer subsidy to guarantee food security for every household, and has promised to create 1 million jobs by revamping industries that would add value to the crops of Malawian farmers.

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Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
7 months ago

Matako akana pansi

Gwalidi
7 months ago

Trans- Kujendajenda Siku transport yafika Karonga kikiki. I hope he shall say something on 1 million jobs. Nanga si izi zodya katatuzi akungodya yekha Lazaro.

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
7 months ago
Reply to  Gwalidi

zovuta kwambiri

iyamw
iyamw
7 months ago

bwana Chakwera, please be serious and endulge in pure strategic roles, Emphraim deserves a part on his back, much as he has the priviledge to write in his column, he has spoken for many of us who are with his view, your travels, locally, and within the region, ku Zimbabwe (luckily no scandal, koma what will we benefit from this country) South Africa (the Bushiri saga), Zambia (pure holiday), Botswana (the Air Malawi flight clue saga), Tanzania (pure holiday) is in our honest opinion a waste of our resources, the travels for us are nothing but mere “Siku” like movements,… Read more »

Nabanda
Nabanda
7 months ago
Reply to  iyamw

Keep on crying cadets Chakwera will rule this country whether you like or not

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
7 months ago

The president can work anywhere in Malawi, he does have to be at Kamuzu Palace.

KK Big
KK Big
7 months ago
Reply to  nyarugwe

He has to be at the Kamuzu Palace. That’s his work place

Nabanda
Nabanda
7 months ago
Reply to  KK Big

Ukunamatu uyu si Peter uja amangokhala ku kamuzu palace ma cadet nkumaba iyeyo osadziwa awa abwera kudzakonza zinthu kwachaaaaaa

BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago

There is no “current government”, lets stop this useless thought process. Can you imagine a road that is being planned in Liverpool UK being claimed as if personally funded by a political party?

These are national development plans, funded by the nation and demanded by the people. Party doesnt come into it.

Moqtadar al Sadir
7 months ago

Mbuzi. You want things to stop just because someone initiated the project? Did he implement the project? Kamuzu started the Mulanje Blantyre via Thyolo road but it was opened by Bakili. Ma cadet mukwatsa kutsutsa for the next 50 years?

Zio ine
Zio ine
7 months ago

I said it before that Chakwera will be even worst than APM the man has no direction and doesn’t know what he is doing. He does not live his words. Last time he said he doesn’t not want to disrupt business because he is passing and today his police arrest Kunje he said wants to reduce power but today he removes Kaxhale as DPP because he wants to put his stooge at ACB the whole state house is full of relatives and friends who are busy stealing like Kapondamgaga kalumbu and Kampindeni. Chakwera has literally been captured by Chimwendo Banda,… Read more »

Nabanda
Nabanda
7 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Keep on crying useless thieves

Nabanda
Nabanda
7 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Who is kunje?an ugly evil woman

Katswiri
Katswiri
7 months ago

Takhalani pansi bwana, create a proper development strategy for the country and start implementing it, 5 years ndipafupi bwana. Try to emulate Bingu’s first term, more developmental projects, less travel and hard on corruption.

Nabanda
Nabanda
7 months ago
Reply to  Katswiri

Nzimene akupangazo ndipo muchita manyazi muona

Dave van
Dave van
7 months ago

Doesn’t matter who started the project and who opens it,here let’s talk of the country moving forward and money circulation,pipo don’t eat projects

The one
The one
7 months ago

kkkkkkkk Mfana wa shipongwe ameneyi heavy, akuti “here today, there tomorrow”

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