Dzuka Malawi: Let us all make sacrifices, Your Excellency as time is a savage

I agree with President Lazarus Chakwera’s key message on coronavirus pandemic – we should all take responsibility to tackle the pandemic that is now killing an average of 10 Malawians since January 6th.

Chakwera: Covid-19 strategy

Again, I agree more resources should be put towards testing, close down schools and buy more equipment, and everyone taking again more responsibilities in keeping safe distance, sanitising or washing with soap and masking up.

But that is where our agreement end with President Lazarus Chakwera who seemed to have been jolted from his fasting after he lost two friends and Cabinet Ministers Sidik Mia and Lingson Belekanyama.

So far, until a few days ago, the President delegated to Khumbize  Kandodo Chiponda- the Minister of Health and Dr. John Phuka as the face of Covid 19. He went on business as usual, moving up and down that earned him a name Vilemi Dazi or Siku, his party went to the campaign so too Dr. Saulosi Chilima was inspecting 335 projects left by the DPP regime.

Elsewhere voices of reason were said to be scare mongers. When people spoke against such excessive travel, they were termed Cadets. There is an innuendo asking the DPP cadets “to heal”. Unfortunately, time is a savage.

Whilst his deputy has audacity to ask Malawians to harvest before they ask about when they will start eating three times a day, the President messed up otherwise his good speech by asking Malawians to forgo all his promises as there is Covid-19.

I am having difficulties with Chakwera speeches. They are always a mixture of statesman and servant leadership mixed with Bakili Muluzi, Joyce Banda and Peter Mutharika spite on anyone who dares to ask the questions.

President Chakwera can’t be Jacob Zuma and Nelson Mandela at the same time. He is either the servant leader or the politician his predecessors have always been. Malawians are not very amused. If he has critical voices, let him visit markets and rural areas, everyone thinks he just talks too much and does not do anything. Hence getting nicknames such as ‘Mr Talk-Talk’.

He speciafically asked Malawians not to ask about campaign promises and cabinet reshuffles. In his wisdom, the President is saying shut up until Covid 19 is gone and then we can talk. It was a big political gaffe to include that paragraph.

No, a big NO your Excellency, Malawians cannot have you shield incompetent Ministers being paid by the tax payer because there is Covid-19.

At the rate of misinformation, conspiracy theories and what a view- we strongly believe the Ministry of Civic Education should be abolished. You promised five month review, it has nothing to do we Covid-19. Actually you are doing disservice to Covid-19 if we keep such grossly incompetent Ministers who are eating and doing nothing.

I am not sure about the Minister of Health. But the President’s speech mentioned 143 testing sites and most of the things he said cannot be proven on ground. The expenditure and delivery is quite different.

Actually Yours Excellency one Malawian Onjezani Kenani has managed to deliver 40 sets of oxygen systems in our hospitals for a mere K17 million. For K6 billion mentioned, we should have had a lot of equipment and bed space.

Your Excellency, why we refuse to shut up is that in other countries Covid-19 is creating jobs. You voluntarily promised 1 million jobs by June 23, 2021. We did not ask you to promise, but you did. Your Excellency this is 7th month which Covid has attacked us, we should at least have half and even Covid related jobs created. The truth Your Excellency you know time is running out, as you blamed Peter Mutharika and DPP, you are using Covid-19 as an excuse.

Your Excellency reducing Government expenditure is part of Covid -19 necessity, if you want all of us to take you seriously, suspend 100 percent increments to members of parliament. The K2 billion expenditure caused by the increment should be channelled to Covid 19. If you can’t do that, don’t ask us to shut up on our reminders that we too- the citizens – are waiting for windfall like our MPs.

Your Excellency, you did sound hollow. Deep hollow. Donors might have been laughing at you asking for resources to fight Covid 19 when your Government just approved a K5 billion payment to you and your deputy personal lawyers. Seriously, you could not invite your lawyers and ask them to spread the payments especially after Covid 19 stabilises.

Your Excellency, I would support your sentiments fully to be sincere an honest if you announced suspension of procurement of luxury cars, reduction in fuel allocation for Ministers, PSs and a football team of your advisers and direct that fuel to oxygen cylinders and reduction of Ministers to 20. Peter Mutharika did it for 5 years.

Your Excellency, I would support your call for responsibility if the Task force stopped paying allowances, adopted digital means of meeting or meet at any Government office not hotels. Every meeting of the Task Force costs us 4 ventilators.

You cannot be asking us Your Excellency to take the pinch and not remind you of your promises you made while aware Covid-19 was around. This like reduction of your powers, reduction of expenditure, free water and electricity, reduced passport and licence and firing incompetent people, replacing expensive prado’s with cheaper versions, suspending MPs salary hike, all that bwana, Dzukani Bwana, needs political will, with or without Covid-19, you can, that is if you are sincere and honest you want to do it, otherwise, stop gagging us from measuring your time in office. 3.5 years to go. 2024 is for campaign!

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Kutola chikwama
Kutola chikwama
1 month ago

Joe gwaradi for president. We dont need fancy pantys here kutinyenga ndi chala. Nkumanama kuti its in there. Joe gwaradi basi. Oro kabweretseni mayi athu Madame Joyce . Osati nyengaso ndi ma namaba abodza.


President Mkango Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Manthakanjenjemereza
1 month ago

I think this is a fallacy of false statistics. How much was given to covid MK 5 bn. How much is Malawi budget MK 2.2 trilion. what is the percentage = 5/2000 = 0.25%. Can this hinder development agendas. It is too immaterial

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
1 month ago

Indeed the campaign promises are the KPIs given to us by Tonse Alliance. Chakwera and Chilima will be be scored by these in 2025 without any compromise, COVID or no COVID. These two guys are just busy digging their own political graves to be buried easily and for good in the end.

Ngoni
Ngoni
1 month ago

I can’t be fooled by Chakwera. He cannot deliver. Period! When his budget was announced everyone who reasons knew that he had failed. I don’t expect him to fulfill everything. He may have failed to employe 1 million people (which he cannot do anyway even if he is given ten years to do that simply because our economy cannot support that) but at least his government could have employed at least ten thousand people in the current budget, not just talking of job centres. For crying out loud, what has covid 19 to do with failure to cut presidential powers?… Read more »

Sindyeka Dekhani
Sindyeka Dekhani
1 month ago

Funny how idiots sobber up when they’re on the back foot.

Mwadzidzimuka mutasanduka kale Otsutsa!

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
1 month ago

Nthawi zina chauta amatero kuti zitsiru zonama zionekere padela. The writing is on the wall that these can’t bring change.

We know you are on government payroll to defend it on media. Covidiots

Khumbo Zeleza
1 month ago

This Chakwera and Chilima things. I don’t see anything working with them. Chilima lied with his reforms but nothing tangible has come out. At one point in time he praised the Judiciary as putting their things in order but you hear up to date there is no Chairman at Industrial Court and all cases have stalled. Chakwera is adamant he can’t even care the high inflation the country is having and the high prices of goods. How dare can he stop Malawians from asking him to fulfil his promises which he made during the time of his campaign. This is… Read more »

che
che
1 month ago
Reply to  Khumbo Zeleza

pokhayo ponena kuti bwato lakumana ndi namondwe panandiwawa.ndinaziguguda pamtima

Ndata Boy
1 month ago

useless article, have just wasted my precious time reading

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
1 month ago
Reply to  Ndata Boy

That’s what happens when you are part of crooks. You can’t see sense in this.

Medson
Medson
1 month ago

Kodi wa mcp alikuti
Our president is acting nyenkhwelious indeed.
He can’t say shut up ur mouth to the voters.
Azitemberera abusa tiwonana 2025 bola moyo.

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago

Chilima and Chakwera are both certified crooks who wanted to get to the top through crooked ways. They cheated Malawians knowing well they can not fulfil any of the promises because what they wanted is to get their unemployable relatives jobs in government

ABUSA
ABUSA
1 month ago

Thanks for the nice advisable article, but this Chakwela will not take anything from this article because he is serving the devil now, the love of money. He has no love for humanity. A fallen man of God. His promises were out of reason. His promises were without knowledge, wisdom and fear of God. I wished if Onjezani Kenani could be our State President.

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