DPP’s Mpinganjira  waters down Sona: ‘President Chakwera is Mr Talk-talk’

The newly-appointed spokesperson for opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Brown Mpinganjira has described the State of the Nation Address (SONA) presented by President Lazarus Chakwera in Parliament on Friday as  not a true reflection of what is on the ground.

Mpinganjira:  The President is just a Mr Talk-Talk

He has said President Chakwera is “Mr Talk-talk'” who speaks good English full of eloquence but lacks the necessary vision to take the country forward.

In an interview, Mpinganjira said while Malawi is mired in many deep and seemingly intractable problems, the President thought is wise to announce that his government would build official offices  for Members  of Palriament in all the 193 constituencies.

“If that is not an insult to struggling Malawians, then insult has lost its meaning. MPs have access to parliamentary loans: they receive various allowances; and they receive salaries. What is wise about constructing offices  for people who are already managing  when teachers, nurses and many public servants are living in mud and grass-thatched houses?

“That was the most horrible part of his speech. The President could have done better,” said Mpinganjira, who is popularly known as ‘BJ’.

BJ said among the problems confronting Malawi today are the weak state of the economy, poor roads infrastructure, housing, lack of essential drugs, inadequate schools and teaching and learning materials and high level of unemployment, hunger and the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, among others.

He said the President never adequately address these issues and articulate realistic approaches to address the same.

BJ said many state-owned companies including ADMARC, Blantyre Water Board, Malawi Posts Corporation, ESCOM and MACOHA are now technically insolvent.

The President should told the nation how his government intends to turn around these loss-making entities instead of exalting court judges for putting him in his seat, he argued.

“These companies and others continue to offer a huge burden on the government’s finances, due to the damage done to them through mismanagement and abuse. What should be the remedy, if I may ask the President. I am not impressed at all,” said BJ.

Veteran journalist turned  political commentator Dickson Kashoti has also harshly attacked President Chakwera’s SONA.

Writing on his Facebook page, said the President’s “unnecessaryuse of flowery English language which ended up in verbal diarrhoea”.

“Great and important national issues and facts hidden in the useless show off of mastery of English language.

“President Dr Lazarus Chakwera’s speech writer can do better next time. The whole purpose of SONA is to communicate to Malawians and other interest groups on the state of the nation politically, economically and socially, not a show off that somebody mastered the Queen’s language.

“I think the President is making too many promises which he will not fulfill,” Kashoti argues.

However, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa  said the Democratic Progressive Party will respond to the speech on Monday.

In his one hours  and 20 minutes address which was themed “Restoring warmth to the Heart of Africa,”Chakwera—who was elected in a court-sanctioned June 23 presidential election—also repeated the vow to trim the powers of the presidency and answer questions from Members of Parliament—a thing no President has done since independence.

The President, who has already declared his assets, affirmed his desire to roll out the Access to Information (ATI) law, free up state broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) and Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (Macra) from political abuse and empower the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

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msundwe
msundwe
8 months ago

A chitsiruwa basi kubwera kuzavomereza kuti DPP yasiya malawi ali mmavuto? Pamenepa siwavomereza kuti DPP failed? Brown Mpinganjira choose amadziwa ndi kukwata akazi a eni ake basi. Ndiye ku opposition no dollar azikwata ogulitsa tomaoto

Marumbo
8 months ago

Mpinganjira is right. Chakwera’s speech is empty, with nothing developmental in it.

Nyirenda Tobious
Nyirenda Tobious
8 months ago

Take it or leave it, this Mpinganjira is none other than a manipulator…. None will listen to him today, how far is Thom Mpinganjira’s case?? We need conclusion

Masharubu
Masharubu
8 months ago

I thought the tradition is that the official Opposition Party will not comment on a SONA delivered by the Head of State in Parliament until after the official Leader of Opposition in the August House has made his response.
Isn’t Mr BJ Mpinganjira preempting and rendering Kondwani Nankhumwa’s official response expected to be delivered in parliament next Monday almost superfluous and irrelevant? Put your house in order DPP, and try and keep BJ in check. You cannot have a mere party spokesperson usurping the role of your official and recognised leader in parliament on issues pertsining to Parliament.

Mojo Philip
Mojo Philip
8 months ago

President Talk Talk, I love it.

Proudly Cadet
Proudly Cadet
8 months ago

DPP stop wasting your wisdom on these know it all people. Their blunders are your gain. Malawians are not stupid. Do something for a change, try alleviating the suffering of Malawians even when in opposition. There are still people centred projects which you can implement even when in opposition. Didn’t you establish donor channels when you were in power?

laws
laws
8 months ago

Thumbs up BJ.Mr Talk talk has lost direction this very short period,ash! over my dead body

Quarantina
Quarantina
8 months ago

Mpinganjira and Kashoti are simply jealous of Chakwera’s communication skills. BJ, as a politician, is jealous of LMC’s oratory gymnastics. He’s a loser. Kashoti, as a journalist, is jealous of LMC’s flowery language.He wishes he could articulate like him. He is a big time loser.

Kambewa ngozo
8 months ago

Foseki
Bj you are have failed in every single thing you have done. You had your own party NDA. It ended like Makatani. Bj you are so dumb that each patty you join you always mess up. You were in UDF. NDA.. PP. Back to DPP.
My advice is don’t go for other people’s Wives.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

What about nkhalamba NTCHONA? Thief thief.

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