Harry Mkandawire accuses DPP of mere sweet-talk: Gov’t side silent, angry
Mzimba West parliamentarian and Mzuzu-based business magnate, Harry Mkandawire, has echoed many other quarters in blatantly accusing the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration of failure to deliver on its promises.
Mkandawire said in parliament while contributing to President Peter Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered on Friday last week during the opening of the 3rd meeting in the 47th session of Parliament and 2018/2019 budget meeting.
“They told us they would build Mombera University in Mzimba. Four years down the line, a foundation stone is just lying on the site,” said Mkandawire in his deep Tumbuka accent, sending the House into stitches of laughter.
“Tchaya. Yowoya iwe (Go on. Tell them),” opposition MPs cheered on Mkandawire and clapped for him.
Directly facing and gesturing at the government side, Mkandawire continued, “Where are the 500 houses you promised to build for our policemen and women? It is sad that our esteemed law enforcers continue to live in “buckets”.
The word “buckets” attracted disapproval from First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje and the whole government side.
Home Affairs Minister Cecilia Chazama quickly rose on a point of order.
“Madam First Deputy Speaker, it is unfair for the honourable member to refer to policemen as living in “buckets”. No one can live in a “bucket,” complained Chazama.
However, Mkandawire defended himself.
“Actually, it was a roadblock policeman who told me to report to the house that they continue to live in “buckets”.
More drama ensued when Mkandawire brought to the attention of the house the new Mzuzu Youth Center, another project which has suffered due to the DPP administration’s disease of not fulfilling promises.
The project, despite having financial allocation in previous budgets, is far from taking shape.
“There are two foundation stones on the site of the project laid by two former Ministers of Youth. The two ministers are looking at me as I’m speaking,” said Mkandawire pointing at the government side but referring to no one in particular.
Opposition legislators broke into laughter and cheers while those on the government side fell silent, angered.
Minister of Culture and Civic Education Grace Obama Chiume hurriedly rose on a “suspicious” point of order whose validity even the First Deputy Speaker did not understand.
Earlier in his speech, Mkandawire joined President Peter Mutharika and Vice President Saulos Chilima in condemning the violence perpetrated by marauding DPP cadets during the opening of Parliament.
A Times Group cameraman was beaten up while two DPP Parliamentarians Patricia Kaliati and Noel Masangwi were harassed and denied access to the Parliament building.
He has since asked the office of the Speaker of Parliament and police to investigate the matter and ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
Where is the Mzuzu University Library now promised a couple of months ago when the Big Man was in the north.
The government should live by its promises.
Tanzania, our neighbor is beating us by far with development projects whole US are busy thinking of how to syphon money from government ministries…
Curse on all thieves in the government.
Unfulfilled promises just confirms the fact that this DDP government cannot even understand basic reality in life that “TALK IS CHEAP BUT MONEY BUYS WHISKEY”. DPP MANIFESTO is a clear testimony, bu now DPP is at it again “promising a railway line from Lilongwe to Mbeya” but they CONVENIENTLY choose to say NOTHING on Nsanje Inland Port.
It’s like having a eslf-delusional, irresponsible father who cannot even afford a push bike but foolishly promises his kids he will buy them a motorbike.
SHAME on thieves!!!
Send rich people whose purses are already full to Parliament is an honest investment send paupers to the August house you’ve given a full license to plunder from Account number One especially the gangsters from abroad plus these cheap MPs who can campaign on stolen beds from Mponela one of the poorest health facilities Harry drive your message for the benefit don’t soil your good name by engaging in political prostitution. You’re one of the giants of the North because you speak from your heart not sugarcoating
Two Launch Foundation stones at the Mzuzu Youth Center? I think this calls for a Commission of Enquiry. hehehehe
This is a midnight govt analumbiritsidwa usiku zochita zao nzausikunso myala ya mazikoyo amaika masana usiku nkumaba ndalama za boma agulukunyinda mbava athakathi mudzafa usiku nso midnight
They also promised to remove quota but up to now there is silence even the leader of opposition is silent
Harry remain them of chikangawa forest and MULI
Support the leader to develop Malawi, this is his time, don’t frustrate him please.
Northerners realy sidelined by the so called APMe administration.Lets wait for Hon Kamlepo Kalua to debate on the SONA
Kalua adakhuta mabanzi a DPP eti! IWE VVVVVVV ndi zimene ukutanthauza, waila kuti Kalua adaulula cashgate ya Chaponda, ungamukhulupilire, DPP ikupitadi USA ndi APM come May 2019. Harry Mkandawire awuze amvetse kuti alephera agulukunyinda amenewa.