Dausi says DPP will not enact law on how many children one person can have

Malawi Government has ruled out the possibility of enacting laws that would limit the number of children born per family amid concerns of the country’s population explosion.

Dausi: No child limit law

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi said this on Wednesday in Nsanje when he met District Executive Committee (DEC) members a briefing on the new Communications Act, Electronic Transactions and Cyber Security and Access to Information laws.

Dausi said while government is equally concerned with the country’s rapid population, it has no plans to introduce mandatory measures like limiting the number of children per family.

The minister said the only way to address the situation is to engage the citizens so that they understand the negative effects of rapid population growth.

“The government, media, faith groups and other organizations must relay the information that our population is growing at an alarming rate and that if we want to develop, we need to address this challenge,” he said

Dausi added that the increase in population does not tally with the resources available.

“In 1964, the country had a population of 3 million people but now we are over 17 million in a space of 53 years.

“The land and other resources are not increasing. As a result, people are scrambling for the same resources which were used by a small population 50 years ago,” he said.

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6 thoughts on “Dausi says DPP will not enact law on how many children one person can have”

  1. Albert says:

    It is important to reflect on advantages and disadvantages of overpopulation objectively. If we had a lot of resources in 1964, it seems the country never benefited from that abundance. People were poor, very few achieved secondary education, diseases were uncontrollable. Almost everything bad happened with little intervention from authorities. Again we should tell the difference between poor foresight, failure to plan for the future, plundering of much needed resources and the actual unavailability of resources. The truth is we are where we are because of lack of patriotism, becoming rich on tax payer’s money and unfortunately we are pointing fingers at overpopulation. The gap between the poor and rich is large and others knowingly or not react by unlawful means but this is because of failure to create opportunities (no planning). China is overpopulated, the one child rule is an attempt to slow down the population but does not change the overpopulated status. Current Malawi’s population is not the reason for our bad status.

  2. njoya man says:

    Dausi should stop cheating Malawians especially those from the North and Central regions. The truth is his region,the South, is more than over populated and draining government resources but because DPP’s interest is not people’s welfare but votes they still promote kuswana. Malawi is a tiny country and its both sad n shameful that a section of a tiny country should have a population that exceeds the combined population of Botswana,Lesotho Mauritius and Swaziland. Rats produce heavily because they don’t think like humans n when human follow the way rats multiply then they too think like rats. How can a family have 10 children on average and some educated fools take delight in that to say other regions will not produce a president because of less population. Ok keep on having your presidency n we shall keep on having enough space for farming and b health.

  3. Albert says:

    In 1964, apparently there were not enough resources for all. it is the same today. Also we have so many people that prematurely die. I wonder if this factor was included when the minister made the population observations. we can only develop if we are under pressure to make things happen not when there is nothing to worry about. China has always been overpopulated but now they are the world’s factory, producing almost everything. India too has been overpopulated for many years but now they have a booming economy. Let us think outside the box and turn the overpopulation problem into a growing economy. Just think of it, it means we have the manpower to get things done, what’s wrong with that? Most countries that are developed have a high population including some of the countries in Europe.

    1. Harawara says:

      In 1964 we had plenty of natural resources than we have today. There was plenty of uncultivated land, vegetation, water and wild life. In my home area in late 70s children could not walk 5 km away from home because it was all forest. In my std 8 class we were 32 only. Do you know how many there are now in that class? All that is gone. China developed from the one child policy so dont make reference to it. Boko Haram came partly from poverty among young pipo due to over population. Resources were not adequate. If we stay outside the problem box we wont know whats inside. From today start counting home districts and regions of reported suspected thieves and robbers: Its Zomba, MJ, TO and Bt. why? Tell us. You dont over populate and develop. Develop first that’s what your examples did. Populations of your examples are static now and there are fears of shortage of young and energetic work force. Over population bring alot social problems

  4. Mopiya Mulupare says:

    We are sitting on timed land mine Mr Nick. This is not politics: For 52 years we have engaged the media and family planning providers and yet the population growth is sky rocketing. Read current MDHS report and you will be shocked to note very low family uptake in rural areas. Over populated South is now straining resources in Centre and North. And you want that to worsen. God have mercy on you.
    Reasons why DPP won’t sign a law to limit number of children are:
    a. Dausi is a Catholic who does believe in modern family planning services: Remember what Filipinos said to your Pope who denies them modern family planning. Durtete is now killing the over populated Filipinos who turn in gangs, killers , rapists and gamblers
    b. DPP wants more people to keep it in government. It values votes more than human development
    c. With over population Malawians will be in perennial hunger and poverty which DPP cherishes because poor people with broken souls and spirits are dependent on handouts
    This type of politics Mr. Dausi destructive, very destructive and sickening

    1. Morgan Heritage says:

      YOU ARE RIGHT MOPIYA. POLITICIANS LIKE DAUSI CAN NEVER MAKE A BOLD DECISION ON POPULATION GROWTH. BUT THE REALITY IS THAT WE WILL BE 40 MILLION BY 2050 AND THE RESOURCES WILL NOT BE ENOUGH FOR THE HUGE POPULATION. THE LIKES OF DAUSI WILL BE DEAD AFTER HAVING LED THIS COUNTRY TO THIS DISASTER.
      I APPEAL TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE MAJORITY NOT TO SUPPORT THE DAUSI TYPES AND TAKE THEIR OWN ACTION ABOUT THIS POPULATION DISASTER.
      AFTER ALL THE RESOURCES ARE ALREADY NOT ENOUGH AS THE LOOTING DAUSI GOVT IF FAILING TO PROVIDE BASIC HEALTH AND EDUCATION SERVICES.

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