Jappie chides donors, mocks Malawi journalists over Information bill

Information minister Jappie Mhango says government will not be stampeded into passing the Access to Information bill into law under pressure from donors.

Jappie Mhango :Journalists are still reporting what access to information are they looking for, am puzzled

Jappie Mhango :Journalists are still reporting what access to information are they looking for, am puzzled

Mhango said this Thursday during an interview with Capital Radio’s Day Break Malawi program after a journalist told him that the delay in passing the bill is holding K80 billion in European donor money.

“When we are working, we don’t work under pressure, we can’t work just because some people are pushing us. We work for Malawians,” said Mhango in apparent reference to donors demand.

The European Union has given the government up to December 31 to pass the bill otherwise it would withhold the K80 billion.

Malawi is facing the worst economic woes since 1992 when donors withdrew aid to force the country embrace multiparty system of government.

Mhango, in the interview insinuated the European Union is free to withhold the aid package but the government would not be forced to call for an emergency meeting of parliament before the December 31 deadline expires.

The Information minister also wondered why the powerful media owners and managers have decided to petition President Peter Mutharika on the matter in newspapers and radios where they are placing petition advertisements.

“You don’t serve a petition to government through newspapers, you write the government,” he said.

He said President Mutharika is ready to meet Leonard Chikadya, Times Group managing director, Mbumba Banda, Nation Publications Limited chief executive officer and Gospel Kadzako, managing director of Zodiak among others who signed the petition on Access to Information bill.

“He is willing to meet the media owners, audience was already granted only that he has been busy, his schedule has been tight,” said Mhango.

Mhango could not however say the inconsistencies that led to the delay in submitting the bill to parliament in the last seating of parliament, saying they will be known after the cabinet committee on legal affairs have met to scrutinise the bill.

He wondered why journalists are pressing for the bill when everyday their newspapers are covered with news back to back and radios in the country have news aired all day long.

“I wonder what type of information you want, you the media puzzle me,” said Mhango.

Mhango claimed he had not seen the petition advertisements in newspapers although he had heard about them.

Executive director of Media Council of Malawi Vales Machila said he has not received communication from the government since they started putting the petition advertisements in the media.

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AMhango inu. Musatipange anzanu ngati tilibe nzeru. Mukuononga zinthu zathu zambiri ndiye mukufuna kuti ife tisamadziwe.

Lloyd Mpofu

We are already surviving without your support: go away with your silly conditions. We don’t need your money anymore


Koma azungu amenewa they r still kutilamulira one day azatiwudza kuti tikawasambitse kaye ,China keep helping us


Government should have passed this bill in this parliament session, but donors also please be realistic dont give conditions which cannot be acheived , it seems that donors do not want to help Poor malawians whenever time for aid giving comes you bring new conditions. If you dont want to give aid just leave Malawi and go God is with us


If you are going to have your photograph taken remember the flag and your bottle of water!

George Kamanga

Agalu akamakuwa sadikira Kaye kuti ena asiye Kaye kuti amvatsetse zomwe wins akukuwira.

Chimodzimodzi ndi a DPP zomwe amakuwa sizimveka chifukwa one amakuwira nthswi imodzi osamvetsetsa kuti Galu wins akukuwa chifukwa ninji. Amalawi a DPP ngi Agalu otheratu. Lero wina akuwa ichi mawa wina China nkucha wins chinanso. a DPP anakhala anthu bwenzi akuyankhula zomveka koma poti ndi Agalu otheratu asiye azikuya mpaka tsiku
lina azagendedwe ndi myala poti ndi njira yabwino kuthana ndi Agalu achiwewe.


Listen to what’s being said. Otherwise you’re out of order like Jappie the herds boy.
One of the reasons bills are debated is to remove the so called inconsistences. Blind support isn’t good for our country.
Our major worry should be the inconsistence and contradictions displayed by our leadership. Do you think people out there will take us seriously? Are we not a nation of jokers?


DPP when shall this party learn?


Love is the only thing that will make us grow. Without Love we are nothing. Fearing God is the crucial thing here. One who fears God cannot steal, kill, etc. Acts which are under developing our nations. Please lets love our country in order to develop this nation.

The ambassador

Listen my people, it was the whole president who stood in parliament and assured malawians about tabling of the ATI bill.and it just not make sense when the cabinet claims that there are so many discrepancies in it so when did they realized it?does it not vindicate those who say that this president is being remote controlled? how could he openly tell the nation one thing and his cabinet tells the contrary?

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