It’s time for Chakwera to walk the talk – Analyst

A political science lecturer at Blantyre International University,  Sheriff Kaisi, has said it’s time for Chakwera to walk the talk in pulling the country out of poverty which he blamed on past governments.

MDF General Vincent Nundwe and acting Police chief George Kainja wwith President Chakwera.-Photo by Lisa Kadango

In his address to parliament Friday, Chakwera dismissed a notion that Malawi is a poor country, saying  the poverty for which Malawi is renowned is man-made.

Kaisi said if Chakwera is to live by his words, “it means it is now time for work.”

Added Kaisi: “No more promises. Malawians want to see 1 million jobs, want to see universal subsidy of fertilizers, trimming down the cost of passports. Those things, which already promised, and now they just live on those promises.”

Chakwera unseated former leader Peter Mutharika in a June 23 re-run election after the 2019 polls were overturned by a court, citing irregularities.

Addressing lawmakers in parliament, Chakwera said public debt had risen to 4.1 trillion Malawi kwacha ($5.53 billion), or 59% of gross domestic product.

He repeated promises to crack down on corruption, saying it was holding back economic growth.

“The success of Malawi’s economy going forward, … we will not tolerate corruption nor will we interfere in the affairs of institutions fighting corruption, we will observe the rule of law in order to provide predictability of the political and economic environment,” he said.

In the agriculture sector — a lifeline in Malawi’s economy — Chakwera announced the start of an “affordable inputs program,” in which 4.3 million smallholder farmers will receive subsidized seeds and fertilizers.

He said this will improve tremendously the level of productivity in the sector, which currently contributes 30 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

Betchani Tchereni, an economics lecturer at the University of Malawi, said Chakwera’s speech was inspiring.

“Well, the speech is giving some hope in the sense that the president has been able to explain to us why the economy is behaving as it is behaving now, and what are the solutions,” he said. “And because there are solutions, one would say that, yes, indeed, I think there is some hope that can come under way.”

Eyes now are on Chakwera’s national budget, Tchereni said, which the finance minister Fleix Mlusu is expected to deliver during the sitting of parliament that begins Monday.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Sharing is caring!

Follow us in Twitter
14 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Tizanka
Tizanka
9 months ago

President talk talk

jocker
9 months ago

Dont get cheated my Mother Malawi read your bible and prophesy and at the same time look because we are living in the end time so never expect something good from these politicians. The only remedy for all these problems we are facing is JESUS CHRIST the pillar of everything not once again these Muthalika’s, Chakwera’s Chilima’s, Banda’s

Phil Nundwe
9 months ago
Reply to  jocker

What we want to see is Abusa a Chakwera as a man of God should fulfill what he promised us. We voted for him because what he promised plus our hard work, we will develop our families and our country Malawi. Let me remind him what he promised:

  1. Universal Fertilizer Subsidy for all Malawians and cheapest fertilizer to 1million poorest Malawians.
  2. 1 million jobs to Malawians
  3. A week of duty Free for all goods entering Malawi
  4. Cheap passport of MK14,000
  5. Car Licence which is permanent
  6. No taxes for salaries from MK100,000 and below
Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Malawi is awash with naysayers. There is a lot of negativity. We are not positive people. I think tazunzika kwambiri with udf and dpp. Udf did not do anything for 10 years. Bakili amangolalata za John Tembo and Chakuwamba for 10 years. At least Bingu did something during his first term but he was horrible from 2009 to his death. He was the one who started the Lomwelization of the public service which Chakwera will struggle with. He has to reverse this and unite Malawi.

Real rights activist
Real rights activist
9 months ago

In your right senses, what has this goat chakwera reversed? Isn’t he promoting chewalisation? When dpp did the same, it was nepotism, your goat chakwera is doing the same and you call it merit. You dont know what you are saying. Stupid dog!

Neserare Noiz
Neserare Noiz
9 months ago

And this is a positive post for you???

MUMU Families
9 months ago

Mukuwona ngati azingodya za ulere ku State House. All of us have to take part in developing the country. We have to move away from the lazy culture and kumangokhalira kugwetsa mitengo for makala. Ikatha mitengo what next? This country has gone backwards. Mbewa zokhazokha along the roads. Nyau paliponse. The mode of transport being kabaza from City Lines. Poor road network in townships. Poor refuse collection and dumping. No streetlights. All these are signs of poverty. This is manmade poverty and the men are thieves that ruled Malawi from 1994. They destroyed education, agriculture and other systems like transport… Read more »

Real rights activist
Real rights activist
9 months ago
Reply to  MUMU Families

Do you know how much Kamuzu stole from Malawians? Go back read your history books with sober mind if you were not there

Sorry But True.
Sorry But True.
9 months ago

You must remember that Talk-Talk Chakwera is an evangelist preacher. It is part of his job to put on a good suit and Talk-Talk to his congregation.
This sadly is what he is doing as President. There will be no development or progress under Chakwera. It will be Talk- Talk only by Chakwera until SKC takes over. MCP is the biggest loser because of Chakwera. MCP deserves a better leader than Rev Chakwera.

Last edited 9 months ago by Sorry But True.
Professor Mkandawire Gaborone
Professor Mkandawire Gaborone
9 months ago

100 percent true Bravo for diagnosing the problem with Talk Talk President Chakwera. We should indeed not expect anything but poverty and suffering with him as President.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Makadeti kulira. Pansi pezani zina zochita. dpp sidzabweranso.

Sorry But True
Sorry But True
9 months ago

You appear to be ignorant of facts. Who told you that I am DPP. I am not I am MCP from It’s heartland in Linthipi. So grow up. People like you create dictators. Speak truth to power or else the power will be answerable to no one.

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 months ago

This man talks a lot and does little..imagine the things he used to blame his friends are exactly what he is doing. Employing friends, relatives and tribesmen. Just conduct an inventory of all the people he has hired at state house. Only Brian Banda is not related to him.

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
9 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Mr Zio ine,
You are wrong to think that he could have employed someone he doesn’t know to state house

shares
Read previous post:
From rango to regal: How Monica Chakwera is redefining class as Malawi First Lady

Calm, collected and visibly in control, First Lady Monica Chakwera stepped majestically in Parliament in Lilongwe on Friday to witness...

Close