Dausi slams ‘political tantrum’ opposition attack on Malawi govt unfinished projects

Government spokesperson and Minister of Information, Communications and Technology Nicholas Dausi has dismisses suggestions that the  delayed completion of some projects  were being used to siphon money from public coffers claimed by the opposition.

Dausi: The statement by the opposition are fallacious, erroneous, wrong and merely political rhetoric and spurious

Nyasa Times reported on Friday September 29 2017 that  opposition parties told journalists in Lilongwe that the delay to complete the projects was a deliberate ploy by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration to defraud taxpayers money.

The opposition leaders, who included Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi Congress Party-MCP), Sam Mpasu (New Labour Party), Mark Katsonga (Progressive People’s Movement-PPM) and George Nnensa (Malawi Forum for Unity and Development-Mafunde), in their 12–paged presentation which they took turns to read out, outlined 20 projects that have stagnated despite Parliament allocating funding year-in and year-out.

They mentioned the Liwonde to Nsanama Road which they said has stalled for 10 years, the Zomba-Jali-Phalombe-Chitakale Road, the Blantyre Police Station project which started 15 years ago and this year got K500 million but construction is yet to start .

The leaders also mentioned he idle Nsanje World Inland Port, saying  the   project  was  started,  completed  and  officially  opened  at  a  cost  of  MK4  billion  over  7  years  ago.

“ It remains unused and is a monument to needless waste. We are today asking this Government to explain this,” said Chakwera

“Rampant corruption, theft, waste and embezzlement of public funds and resources at the highest levels of government has destroyed the developmental impact of all these massive investments. It is a cost which is borne by the tax-payer,” the leaders statement said.

“It is massive amounts of money going down the drain. Many  of  the  roads  were  abandoned  and  the  money  disappeared  into  private  pockets.  Road  contractors  openly  talk  of  budgeting  for  bribes  to  government  officials  and  giving  10%  to  the  ruling  party.”

Chakwera mentioned the 650 metres dual carriage way from Illovo Sugar roundabout to Midima roundabout in Limbe which has cost government double the amount due to delays.

“The dual carriage way had stalled when contract price escalated to around twice the original price due to implementation delay and change of designs.  The project has been handed over to Fargo, the initial contractor for a contract price of K400 million. The  strange  thing  is  that  President  Peter Mutharika  uses  this  stretch  of  road  every  time  he  drives  to  his  home.  No one cares and he does not care either,” said Chakwera.

But reacting to the statement, Dausi said  infrastructure projects take time to complete because of technicalities.

“It is mere political tantrums from the opposition and should be dismissed with contempt it deserves,” said Dausi.

Dausi said it was not fair to allege that the projects were being used to defraud the public.

“This is politics of inertia by Chakwera, mere political tantrums,” said Dausi.

He asserted: “The statement by the opposition are fallacious, erroneous, wrong and merely political rhetoric and spurious .”

 Dausi said Chakwera, as leader of Opposition, should appreciate various initiatives government has employed to tackle corruption, hunger, water and electricity problems.

He challenged those with information to that effect to report to agencies such as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Meanwhile, MCP deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka has attacked the “morally bankrupt” arguments by Dausi.

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Benjie
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Dziko Lili mmanja mwa agalu, useless Govt.

Hatton
Guest

Hon. Dausi, you are right. Infrastructure development takes time to complete. Bwana Chakwera can bear testimony to your observation Hon. Minister. How long has he been constructing his maula mansion using funds from unexplained sources. If a house costing K800 million can take this long, how about national roads and similar projects?
Malawians, I have been warning you never intrust the leadership of this country to such novices who gathered to display their lack of knowledge to run state affairs.

CHAMBU NJUWI
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INDEED EVERYBODY BY NOW MUST HAVE KNOWN WE HAVE A USELESS OPPOSITION WHO ONLY RESORTS TO ISSUEING ULTIMATUMS AND WHEN THEY FAIL CALL FOR PRESS CONFERENCES. IF IT WERE AN ORGANIZED AND THOUGHTFUL OPPOSITION WHY DOES IT KEEP APPROVING MORE BUDGETARY ALLOCATIONS TO PROJECTS WHICH HAVE STALLED FOR DECADES SPANNING TWO REGIMES BETWEEN THEM IN THE NAME OF PP AND DPP IN CASE OF THE BLANTYRE POLICE STATION FOR EXAMPLE. SHAME ON THEM FOR APPROVING SUCH THINGS

Mahera
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Everyone knows we have a heavily corrupt, uncaring and dull government. Malawi has never had a failed government like this one.

Patrick Phiri
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Everybody knows we have a useless opposition in Malawi.

Kaitano
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We all know we have stupid Government led by educated fools!!

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