Commentator Kenani backs blunt Chakwera as ‘Concerned Citizens’ censor slurs on Mutharika over Malawi electricity crisis

Geneva-based social-economic commentator Stanley Kenani has backed leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera who has dared President Peter Mutharika to demonstrate seriousness to resolve the energy crisis facing the country by fast-tracking interim solutions to extended power outages but a group of  individuals sympathetic with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  calling themselves Concerned Citizens has registered their disapproval on the tone used by Chakwera .

Kenani: I summarice Chakwera’s speech that ‘The President is incompetent, a liar and a thief’

Chakwera: Instead of a strategic leader that is moved by your plight as Malawians, we have a President in Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika who seems clueless, directionless and insensitive to the people’s misery and suffering

The so called concerned citizens addressing reporters in Lilongwe

Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, who accused President Peter Mutharika of being “clueless, directionless and insensitive” to the people’s misery and suffering  inflicted by power blackouts.

He asked Mutharika to demonstrate seriousness resolve the electricity crisis facing the country.

Taking his comments to the social media, Kenani backed Chakwera for being blunt in his statement.

“If I were to summarise the Leader of Opposition’s speech on the State House shenanigans at Escom, I would say, ‘The President is incompetent, a liar and a thief.’ First, the President and his people ran Escom into the ground by stealing from it endlessly – to the extent that the Director of Finance [Betty Mahuka] resigned as she did not want to be stealing on behalf of State House.

“Now, even at Escom/Egenco’s darkest hour, all State House can think of is how to siphon $74 million from Escom/Egenco in the name of supplying generators. Meanwhile, the President stands at the podium and tells lies about the generators’ delivery dates. He knows that we Malawians will do nothing, apart from typing a few status updates on Facebook complaining about black-outs,” Kenani wrote on his Facebook page.

He continued: “As comedian, the late John Nyanga starring as Izeki once said, ‘We Malawians behave as though we borrowed this country from elsewhere, as though when we’re done misusing it, we will give it back to the real owners and retreat to the Malawi that is truly ours, the Malawi we can really care about.”

However, a group of the so called Concerned Citizens  led by Phillip Kamangira, Fredrick Malata, Gerald Mhone and Kennedy Mwene Munyapala said Chakwera’s tonne was “disrespectful” to Mutharika.

“We are particularly worried with the conduct of Dr Chakwera, a man who calls himself reverend and who would therefore have been expected to be among the first to preach peace and order in this nation.

“In the years that he has been in politics he has proved to be a man who so loves violence and enjoys spreading hate. To him, that is politics but to us that is destruction and we will not allow it,” Kamangira pointed out.

The group said in the spirit of national building, Chakwera as opposition leader should be coming forward by offering solutions to the current challenges that the current is facing as opposed to repeating the problems on podiums which is insulting to Malawians.

They said they have noted with dismay that MCP President is using the energy crisis currently prevailing as a stepping stone to power instead of providing an alternative vision.

“The issue of blackouts needs a sober approach and mature leadership to deal with. We all know that for more than 50 years which include 31 years of MCP rule, Malawi has not made any significant investment in the sector.

“It is only this government which has initiated reforms and is making huge investments in the sector. Rev Chakwera knows this but he opts to use people’s emotions and suffering to gain political mileage,” he said.

Chakwera has  asked the President to punish officers involved in the botched multi-million dollar standby generators procurement deal at Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom).

He said: “Instead of a strategic leader that is moved by your plight as Malawians, we have a President in Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika who seems clueless, directionless and insensitive to the people’s misery and suffering inflicted through these blackouts.

“I personally can see that the country in which we are living has literary been plunged into darkness by the incessant blackouts as a result of Escom’s load-shedding and, figuratively, into darkness of hopelessness, as there seems to be no end to the blackouts and other economic problems plaguing this nation.”

Chakwera was referring to the botched deal to source generators to add 78 megawatts (MW) to the national grid to ease power supply woes effective October this year.

Escom messed up the generators deal some few months ago when it went against own recommendation to award the supply of generators to a company called Aggreko. The deal was cancelled and Electricity Generation Company (Egenco)  – which sells its power to Escom for supply to consumers -had to start all over again.

During a news conference in Lilongwe, Chakwera implicated Chief Secretary Lloyd Muhara and President’s Special Aide Collins Magalasi to be involved in the genset deal.

Chakwera called for a public inquiry into the foiled generators deal, saying asa a result of the blackouts many businesses have virtually failed and are closing shop:  butcheries are seeing their meat turned to rot, salons cannot operate, maize mills cannot mill, welders cannot weld, hatcheries cannot hatch, students cannot study, hospitals have turned into death-zones as operating theatres cannot operate and vaccines cannot be stored, factories are operating at half-mast and incurring heavy losses; ordinary families with refrigerated foodstocks are suffering losses.

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Santana
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During Joyce Banda’s 2 year reign we had no black outs as it used to be during Bingu’s 8 years reign. I am sure black out are synonymous with dpp. When MCP goes into government in 2019 blackouts will be history.

zamadula
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zamadula

The problem of extended blackouts has reached intolerable proportions. The nation needs full information on this burning issue. Journalists, opposition politicians and NGOs such as CAMA need to provide adequate information to the masses. The “Generatorgate” should be disclosed with a detailed timeline showing what actually happened, against what was supposed to happen. Names of all the people who were involved in the scam should be disclosed – as was the case with “cashgate”. Another thing that needs explanation is comparison with JB. How exactly did JB drastically reduce blackouts? The chief executive of ENGENCO dismissed JB’s improvement as being… Read more »

nsanai kugwe
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nsanai kugwe

zisilu izi. sakuziwa kukhala concerned citizen nkutani. so inuyo+ wakutumaniyo nose mapwala anu dunderheads avionani mitu kusongoka ubongo wodzaza ndi mafinya.bwanji osawauza anthu zoona zake

Kapinga
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Kapinga

Ati concerned citizen, nkhope ngati zigumu yoyo, tikuonelani ndi umbuliwo kuti mukafika kuti, zidempete za wanthu

Fake Petros
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Guys, these faces do not look like faces of ‘concerned citizens’. In the first place they do not even look like concerned at all. Kaya mwina ndi chithunzi’cho or sindikuona bwino ndine. These are THUGS.
Trust me these are faces of thugs. If one was to check THEM right here definitely s/he will find at least a pistol or chikwanje. Zigawenga za ddp tu izi!!! Chenjelani nazo izi!!!

Nyoko
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Kodi amphawiwo ati concerned citizens awapasa zingati? Ngonyasa ndinkhope zomwe ngati Wa atumayo

jigo
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jigo

Pepani kuti mwina munangoyamba kukambirana osamufusa Pitalayo chifukwa iye akudziwa kuti A Chakwera akunena zoona.

Chikondi
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Chikondi

Not surprising that the photo of the so-called concerned citizens is blurred. These guys are not actually concerned at all. All that they can think of is to censor the Leader of Opposition. Shame on you!

Kent Y.G. Mphepo
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Kent Y.G. Mphepo

Countrymen, I have read and heard with keen interest comments that Malawians have made on various fora on the Leader of Opposition’s speech made a few days ago. One interesting aspect that some of his critics on these fora have raised is that he is taking things personal with the Lomwe people as a tribe such that some plan to leave Malawi to another country in an event that MCP wins the 2019 General Elections and Chakwera becomes the Malawi President for fear that Llomwes will be persecuted. These people feel that MCP, and Chakwera in particular, hate Llomwe people.… Read more »

Lt. Fraser Chakhaza
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Hi Kent Y. G. Mphepo. I salute you for your prudent and unbiased analysis of the speech by Dr. Chakwera. Malawi needs people who are able to critically analyze issues with sober and independent minds. I don’t think there is any sane person who dispute and challenge your analytical comment. I think you should also put your comment in the coming weekend papers (both THE NATION and Malawi News). I am really inspired by your honest review of Dr. Chakwera’s speech. Can the rest of us readers emulate this envious good example and ensure we follow his model of commenting… Read more »

Omex70
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Omex70

These stupid people are just a waste of time. Chakwera has spoken nothing but the truth. But because you have pocketed some few kwachas from DPP you organize a press conference to utter rubbish. It is only your wives and kids who can clap hands for you. You are making us sick. It could have been much better if you had sealed your stinking mouths.

gonozo
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gonozo

kkkkkkkkk we are the voters who will decide. not the so called commentators who are just wasting thier time. a good citizen comes up with suggestions that helps those in authority to govern well. enanu timakuziwa ndinu MCP. u voted chackwera and u will vote for chakwera again and fail again believe me . ADVICE; we have a legimate president who looks after the Nation the best is to advice him. mr chakwera to offer solutions. not politics he should wait 2019 elections and if he will manage to sell us his manifesto we will vote for him but not… Read more »

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