DPP mustn’t get away with blue murder
Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera spoke for Malawians in Parliament on Wednesday when he described President Peter Mutharika’s State of the Nation address as empty grandstanding and another campaign rally speech.
We all know we voted last year and the time for campaigning went with that process. What Malawians expect, therefore, is for the DPP to govern and govern well.
And governing does not entail making more empty promises and claiming that you have fulfilled some. Which promises have been fulfilled and how have they been fulfilled?
As far as I am concerned, all DPP flagship programmes such as cement and iron sheets subsidy (basically a response to Joyce Banda’s Mudzi Transformation Initiative in which she built houses for the poor), community colleges and reforming the public service are just taking off and hardly something to write home about.
Their impact on Malawians at the moment is minimal and no president would tout that as a success.
As for the economy, where is the evidence that things are getting better. Economists and accountants believe in figures. Can the President show Malawians the figures to show that their standards of living have improved?
Is it not actually the opposite, as Chakwera said, that tobacco farmers in Bwengu, Nambuma and Jali are feeling the pinch of the kwacha manipulation in December when they bought inputs exorbitantly as the kwacha was in free fall but now they have met a stable one when they are selling their produce?
But the President and his DPP must not be allowed to get away with murder in broad daylight.
The President deliberately ran away from hot potatoes and accounting to Malawians some of the controversial decisions his government has taken recently.
The obvious one that comes to mind is MSB. Chakwera could not have put it any better. When you borrow money from a friend, use it for your own benefit but when time comes for you to pay, you suddenly become clever, there is just one name for you: You are a congenital crook.
DPP supporters borrowed money from MSB by duress. They have not paid back that money. The bank is on the verge of collapse and needs immediate recapitalisation.
After messing it thus, the DPP administration is left with no choice but to sell it to the highest bidder and get rid of the sick baby.
But before selling, the DPP wants to cover the back of their supporters who owe the bank billions and has given MSB K6 billion of our tax to bail out these crooks when they know them and where they are.
As Chakwera said, we have sheriffs in this country who are legally empowered to confiscate property from anybody who owes somebody money and they are refusing to pay.
But in this case, these crooks are special. They have the backing of the DPP administration and then they have money to hire smart lawyers in town to protect them.
All this has one name and it is abuse of power that Malawians gave DPP last year. The tax they are using to bail out their crooked friends who borrowed from MSB is paid by you and me.
Nowhere did we say they should use it in this manner but for our welfare. Paying bank loans for crooks is not our welfare.
This is pure thuggery and murder, the ultimate crime, and the DPP must not be allowed to get away with it.
Malawians are watching and looking up to Parliament and Chakwera started well but the job must be finished.
*The article appeared in the Malawi News under ‘Hititng the Nail’columnFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
You will have to pay back our money that you are stealing from us by any means necessary.
its too early to criticise the president and more over he is able to run the country in zero aid situation thats very recomended hw many times has had the fuel price gone down bt Dr Chakwera u r sirent on that u r using old hatered politics with some sort of jearousy and politicising the whole statement of nation address bt u cnt cheat us we know malawi and what it needs Mr Chakwera do u want the president to fullfil his promises in 364 days thats impossible?
Some comments on this social media cannot be allowed to pass. How can a person in his right senses support what the DPP is doing to use billions of our tax payers money to bail out individuals. This kind of blind support is unimaginable and counter productive. I am sure the likes of Chipwete Chalunda would swallow APMs stool just to show support. This is utter nonsense.
Now we know why MBS is being sold. Malawians don’t allow this to happen. DPP is a party of thieves and crooks
Let’s wait from what happens following the petition the demostrators delivered, otherwise the sale of MSB is another looting
Let me use this forum to air out my cry for the Malawi Nation which has been robed off her wealth by unscrupulous barbaric savages called politicians. Like bob marley said that ‘I would rather live in a country where there are no politicians and no president’, I for one wish the same. Malawi has become impoverished not because it is poor, as Bingu said that it is the people themselves who are poor, but because the poor people who own Malawi loved not their country and used it as a borrowed showel. We have not treated it as our… Read more »
Those who question MPs loans here is your answer; MPs get loans from government including car loans of which is being deducted from their salaries on monthly basis so don’t say we are going to pay for their loans because that claim has no basis at all. The only difference with other loans is that MPs and ministers do not pay interest when paying back as is the case with us ordinary people.
Thats the way to go M r Chakwera, well spoken. If these crooks like Muli dont pay back the money then Fedulo should come in. Tiswanepo apa basi.
Chipwete Chalunda! Chakwera did not lose an election. He only conceded to crooks. Next time we will literally carry him and put him on the presidential chair if these blue crooks do it again.
This tendency of getting the poor ordinary Malawians to settle loans on behalf of the rich is something my mind is still failing to make sense of. First it was the “Horrible MPs”, now it’s business tycoons. Should it not be the other way round? Will somebody please educate me about the logic behind all this?