Covid-19 affects implementation of Tonse campaign promises

There are growing fears that President Lazarus Chakwera and his Tonse alliance administration might fail to implement some of its campaign promises due to Covid-19.

President Chakwera: Malawians should accept that the scale of the pandemic demands a change of priorities

One of the key campaign promises include the creation of one million jobs.

George Phiri, a political expert with Livingstonia University said the upsurge in new infections and deaths over the last few weeks will make it difficult for the Chakwera administration to fulfil some of its promises.

Phiri says with the Covid-19 situation, government will in the long run find it hard to fulfil promises as tax revenue is likely to drop due to policies such as the K100,000 tax free band.

He has challenged government to prioritize initiatives that will enhance peoples livelihoods in times of Covid-19 pandemic if it is going to maintain public trust.

In a televised address on Sunday, President Chakwera said Malawians should accept that the scale of the pandemic demands a change of priorities.

“This is important to say because there are some who are still obsessed with politics, some who are still obsessed with cabinet appointments and reshuffles, and some who are still obsessed with campaign promises that were made on assumptions and in conditions that no longer hold.

“When a ship is at sea and it comes across unexpected rapids and is hit by an expected storm, only a foolish captain would insist on maintaining the same course,” said Chakwera.

The Malawi leader  – who last week lost two Cabinet ministers in a space  of a day to the virus – said “selfish and  careless behaviour”  fuelling the  pandemic at individual and communal levels must stop.

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Liwolo Lya Alamu
Liwolo Lya Alamu
6 months ago

You campaigned at a time when Covid 19 was around. Your promises therefore can not be negatively be affected. Give us what you promised us

chicco chitekwere
chicco chitekwere
6 months ago

Sakunama, Corona ikachepa zitheka.

Marumbo
6 months ago

A person who keeps changing goal posts and behaves in a monkey style is surely not fit for the presidency. Chakwera is too talkative. Angoti lero wanena ichi mawa wanena ichi. But is Lazaro aware that he is leading Malawians who have eyes, ears and functioning brains and that he is no longer leading empty headed christians at the assemblies of God?

Mwitere
6 months ago

No, Chakwera must not bury his head in the sand and start saying he will not deliver on his campaign promises because of covid-19. He must remember that he made all those promises when corona was already here. He should not begin giving lame excuses now. DPP and APM delivered remarkable development projects despite major problems such as droughts, floods, worms, disease, albino killings, effects of cash gate, endless demonstrations by Chakwera and his mercenaries, ungodly behavior from PAC and catholics, etc etc. APM delivered amidst all these spikes. There are new roads in all city centres and townships of… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Mwitere
Bwana wa Ulesi
Bwana wa Ulesi
6 months ago

Shakwera is a joke hahahaha

Cairo
Cairo
6 months ago

This is highest order of stupidity from a President. They were saying, covid no covid, elections must go on. This time, no excuse, covid no covid, promises must be fulfilled. Jobs must be created, u already created dozens of useless advisers for your office, now those jobs cant be created because of covid. Nonsense, inutu anthu akupanani because ife wont listen to your stupid excuses. Inu za ma passport, water and electricity, we are still waiting. Inutu, I doubt if you will even build a bridge in a village, machuzi mwayamba, we dont have any hope in you and your… Read more »

Pewani
Pewani
6 months ago

I really don’t trust this church property in a form of PULEZIDENTI, very soon fasting will become a law in our country.

Pewani
Pewani
6 months ago

This is the country not a congregation, so bwanawe park your bibles and we need politicians not pastors who are too slow to act.

Pewani
Pewani
6 months ago

Promises were made during covid 19, so is the the implementation should be fulfilled whether in covid or not. Don’t be cowards hides behind the pandemic.

BigMan
BigMan
6 months ago

The whole world is affected negatively by covid, why would we be spared?

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