DPP-led govt should to rise above its pettiness to focus on issues – Paper

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government has been urged to rise about “its pettiness” and focus on issues that will benefit the country.

Mussa: Malawi governmen tresponse to Nkhoma pastoral letter is “pettiness”, according to the press 

The advice is contained in the editorial comment of Malawi’s leading daily newspaper, The Nation, following   “a flurry” of press statements issued by Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Henry Mussa on various issues raised in the public domain.

A statement from government spokesman was responding to a scathing pastoral letter issued on Sunday by Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) urging its faithful to vote, in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, for an upright president who is development-conscious and will get rid of the rampant corruption, tribalism and regionalism.

Government in its response accuses the church of misappropriating donor funds meant for water, sanitation and hygiene project five years ago.

But the paper said while government has the right to reply to any issue, the response to Nkhoma pastoral letter is “disturbing” because of its “pettiness.”

In the six-point response, Mussa admits that corruption is a serious problem that is eating on the fabric of Malawi society.

“One would expect the next sentence to offer what government is doing to end corruption. But lo and behold, Mussa took this as an opportunity to throw shade at the synod that was once implicated in corruption,” observed the paper. “He fell short of telling Nkhoma Synod that it had no moral ground to accuse the DPP-led government of corruption.”

The influential daily said Mussa’s response is “unfortunate and worrying”, saying the government spokesperson should know that government runs on tax payers’ money and therefore, it is open to public scrutiny as they are the ones who pay the taxes.

The paper said Malawians expect more from their leadership than throwing jibes at every one who criticises government.

Mzuzu-based political commentator Emily Mkamanga and University of Livingstonia political science lecturer George Phiri have also faulted government reaction to the pastoral letter.

Mkamanga observed that people have generally applauded the contents of the letter which points out a number of issues the DPP administration has failed to address during President Peter Mutharika’s five-year reign.

Said Mkamanga in quotes reported by the paper: “I think it is not proper for government to respond. There are a number of issues which were previously raised. CSOs [civil society organisations] raised the same concerns, but government has never responded. Why is it responding to the church? There is nowhere it can go with that? By the way the church admitted its failures in public.”

On his part, Phiri also observed that government will not benefit from finger pointing because it “has no power to influence the church at this time”.

He said: “I do not think government should take a church as its competitor at this time. It will not win the game. I think it should have stayed quiet.”

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From Likoma
From Likoma
3 years ago

DPP can’t get anything right. You wonder what they are smoking over there. Not inspiring at all. How many criticisms are you going to react to? Musanduka minister responsible for press statements a mussa.

3 years ago

I am a thief. My leader is a thief. We are both very happy.

Khundited above.
Khundited above.
3 years ago

These are the effects of nepotism, this Mussa guy is not fit to even be a wedding committee chairman, let alone a minister. How he’s found himself at that position is beyond me, he’s always a master of incompetence since he’s been in the public eye. He does not put too much or any thought at all in his activities. He is nothing more than a thick bearded Nikolas Jausi or whatever you call him. It’s about time, he’s got to go.

Wa Aford
3 years ago

Nyasatimes you are a failure. Mwachepaaaaa. DPP booooooomaaaaaa. Thanks.

3 years ago

Game saiphula

3 years ago

Zipikisanani ndi anthu aMulungu choncho muzipitiriza kuyendabe mmatembelero choncho

joseph Banda
joseph Banda
3 years ago

ZONAMA Mwalemba apa. The contributors are morally and mentally bankrupt. Why one sided Nyasa times?

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