Chakwera’s inauguration speech hailed as ‘inspiring’: To haul Malawi from poor economic status

Prominent Malawians and ordinary citizens roundly  hailed President Lazarus Chakwera’s  speech at inauguration ceremony at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe  as “inspiring” and said it reflected his vision and resolve to build a new Malawi.

President Chakwera: We have a country to build and not a moment to waste. So, let’s all get to work
President Chakwera hailed for  preaching accountability and hard work “to haul Malawi from the poor economic status it is in”.

Business tycoon Jimmy Koreia Mpatsa described Chakwera’s inaugural address as unprecedented and historic which has infused new energy, trust, and pride among the countrymen.

“My God, what a powerful speech by our President, a moving speech I’ve never heard from any of our past leaders except Kamuzu  Banda in the early part of his leadership.

“At this moment I am a proud Malawian,”  said Mpatsa, owner of Mpatsa Holdings Limited.

A member of erstwhile ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Helen Buluma said  with Chakwera, a “hope for a new Malawi restored.”

Buluma said Malawi is now on a path of renewal, growth and development that trickles down to all, not just a few.

Chakwera was inaugurated at Malawi Defence Force Headquarters, Kamuzu Barracks, in Lilongwe, before a sizeable audience strictly admitted in with total adherence to coronavirus preventive measures.

He said Malawi requires rebuilding “from the rubble of corruption, passivism, laziness and donor dependency” among others.

Chakwera, among others, pledged to reduce presidential powers and empower institutions to operate independently, including Parliament and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

President Chakwera said apart from declaring his assets each year, he will be going to Parliament to be questioned by legislators  about state affairs.

“We must clear the rubble of impunity, for it has left our governance institutions in ruins,” he said.

Chakwera also committed to meeting with the leader of opposition personally every three months to listen to alternative ways of running government affairs.

He also took to time to request development partners to respect the “vision and plans for our own country and to partner with us in ways that respect our dignity and sovereignty, not ways that undermine it.”

Chakwera further challenged development partners to respect the country’s vision and plans and to partner with Malawi in ways that respect the dignity of the people and sovereignty of the country; not ways that undermine it.

Social media influencer Chimwemwe John-Paul Manyozo  praised the speech as “so inspiring.”

He said: “ I heard it. I felt it. After that speech you can’t help but go back to the field and start working. Good food for the hardworking person.”

Editor-In-Chief of Malawi’s media giant, Times Group, George Kasakula who was giving live television commentary at the inauguration, said the speech was inspiring and farsighted.

“It was  a powerful inspiring speech,” noted Kasakula.

Newspaper columnist and prolific journalist Golden Matonga said “Chakwera’s speech was brilliant. But we must now hold him to account for his every word. If he delivers, this country will never be the same. If he fails, we will let him know what a waste this beautiful speech was.”

Zambian-based Malawian social-commentator and journalist Idriss Ali Nassah branded the speech as rabble- rousing, saying : “Presidential speeches are not supposed to be orgasmic, but that damn near was. Good Lord, this sure feels good!”

A political science lecture at Blantyre International University, Sheriff Kaisi, said Chakwera’s speech was full of hope for Malawians, but he expressed doubt the new  Malawi leader would fulfil his promises.

“My worry is, is Dr. Chakwera going to live by his own word? Because such words are not new in the ears of Malawians,” Kaisi said in quotes reported by Voice of America (VOA).

Martha Kaluma, who operates a hair dressing salon in Blantyre, also told VOA that although Chakwera’s speech sounded good, she is worried that he will not fulfil his promises.

“I cannot believe him or trust him [100] percent,” she said. “Maybe I can give him 50 percent for now. The other 50 percent will come as we go along.”

A critic of immediate past president Peter Mutharika,  Allan Ntata said the commitments President Chakwera made in his inaugural speech  “offers so much hope for Malawi. This President is serious.”

Governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali said “best speech so far from President Chakwera. Provides a good basis for accountability.”

Dr Mathews  Mtumbuka said a great speech is characterised by structure, styles, message, delivery and connection with audience which Chakwera had all in it.

Chief executive officer of Nation Publications Limited, Mbumba Banda commented : “What we needed to hear. Great start. Now is the time to work. As the leadership does its part, everyone must also do their part. Everyone must hold everyone else to account.”

Chakwera emerged winner in the June 23 fresh election in which he amassed about 59 percent beating Peter Mutharika.

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Bwande
Bwande
7 months ago

The problems with Malawian we have more anticipation from our President and the Vice. Everyday we hear Sugar will be MK500 , Bread MK250 , Tizidya kanayi patsiku -up to the point of not going to garden waiting for Chilima and Chakwela to give us food. Tikachukisa zokhomba , Tizakhumundwa mwachangu lets pray for our Leaders because World Bank and IMF amalamulira Dziko not our leaders

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
7 months ago

This was the best speech ever. Malawi can now count herself fortunate for having what me and many believe to be the best leadership. The combination of Chakwera and Chilima is surely the dream ticket and game changer that Malawi has been crying for. God bless you and God bless Malawi.

Youth Leaguer
Youth Leaguer
7 months ago

This was a sermon and not a speech. There is a difference. Of course church goers will hail it as the best utterance ever on a national level since sermons are usually not delivered on a national podium.

Mwana wa ndevu
Mwana wa ndevu
7 months ago

The message was well structured and presented and inspiring; however, the reducing of powers of the president should not be done at the expense of accountability. The president should know that all positions and activities done by his subjects are delegated. He should delegate to the right people or reduce powers appropriately but not delegating accountability. key is keeping the promise.

mwana wolimba mtima
mwana wolimba mtima
7 months ago

work hard, hard ,hard, hard, and be smart, koma Dr. Laz ndilibe nanu mau, wake up malawians and lets develop our country. He is the last of their generation and would want to pass the mantle on a high. Congrats Mr President

Analyst
Analyst
7 months ago

The goodness about Chakwera’s speech is that he made all the promises at his inauguration and not during campaign for presidency. Therefore, it can be trusted. He is bound to do exactly what he has promised. He demonstrated that he has nothing to fear and nothing to hide.

Wikleaks
Wikleaks
7 months ago

You are praising a hyena in sheeps skin. what do you expect to hear from Kasaakula, Idrissa and their felllow useless journalist. This man you are praising will be the worst dicatator. If indded he will be transpranet, let him disclose who has been sponsoring his campaign and how he is going to pay them. I am told the Msungama boys who sponsored the five cars have already visited ESCom, BWB looking for orders. There are many of such terrorist all over threatening heads of parastatals to give them orders.

God is with Us = Emmanuel

The rubble which the President talked about to clear should include the environmental degradation that we have seen over the past 26 years. Our forests continue to be depleted due to charcoal and the ministry of forestry must be revamped as it used to be to ensure reafforestation of the once beautiful mountains of Dedza, Zomba and Chikangawa. We should not see charcoal along the roads. The leaders that were responsible for looting our money must face the consequences. The houses that have been built in all areas must be investigated. Most of these houses are built from stolen money.… Read more »

Jabir Jabir
Jabir Jabir
7 months ago

Speechless

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
7 months ago

This is all a joke. The greatest speech was the one delivered by bingo in 2004. Not the crap we heard dxulo.

Chayamba
Chayamba
7 months ago
Reply to  Chiswa B

Kodi cadet zidakakuwawabe???? Pola moto m’bale and start to work hard. Time for handouts is gone. Work hard.

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