Kaliati tells critics to ‘shut up’: Malawi govt reforms on course

Minister of Information, Communications Technology and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati has told critics of the President Peter Mutharika initiated public sector reforms program to be “shut up”, saying they cannot criticize a program they do not know much.

Kaliati: Lashed out at people criticising reforms

Kaliati: Lashed out at people criticising reforms

“It is His Excellency the President and the DPP (the Democratic Progressive Party) who brought this program. You do not know anything about this program therefore you cannot criticize it, just keep quiet,” said Kaliati.

The outspoken minister was speaking in a radio program on Timveni Radio.

“Let me ask you,” said Kaliati in her usual interviewee trademark with a reporter, “if your wife tells you she is one month old pregnant and next day you discover she has given birth, is that normal?” she asked rhetorically.

She asked people to be patient with the reform program, saying they are bound to give positive results though the results cannot be instant.

Kaliati, who is also government official spokesperson, said some reforms will take a shorter period to give positive results and have a positive impact on people whilst others will take much longer time therefore there was need for patience.

The Minister of Information also said some of the campaign promises of the DPP will be effected soon whilst others will take time saying there are several factors that affect implementation of programs such as campaign promises.

She said the Access to Information Bill will be tabled in parliament in the forthcoming meeting of parliament which starts on May 20 and will run for four weeks.

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So Malawians should wait even if there is no decent jobs. Poor infrastructure. Shame to be Malawian.


Wait a minute. The reforms impact Malawians and this minister proudly says Malawians don’t know anything about? Isn’t it appropriate for the government to tell the people what is going on? Are they proud that they are keeping people in the dark? How then can they get feedback on the reforms or suggestions?
That’s the biggest problem .

If we take this country and just for dpp no wonder we are way deep in this pickle..

Little Bwana

Maybe there is some merit to the reforms, but lashing out at critics is hardly professional. DPP must overcome the reputation they have created for themselves – they have no right to be shocked when a citizen assumes an initiative will fail or go bankrupt because they have demonstrated to all of us a certain level of incompetent governance. They have a long road ahead of regaining our trust, so please no more lashing out. Understand our frustration and use these opportunities as teachable moments to make your case as to why we should have faith in the new reforms.


What will you say about midnight six honable? Kkkkkkkkk was it slip of toungue?

john phiri
I agree with the DPP on reforms and surely as per Kaliati’s rants it will take time to bear fruits. I have so many friends in government who disgust me a lot. Imagine an employee going wherever they want to go and whenever.Government department should be productive and profitable. Look at the road traffic and immigration for example. They cant meet our demands because of laziness. These two departments can always collect enough to fund our budget but nay! Waterboard and Escom are the other two examples of areas which fund our budget. But they also wait for funding due… Read more »

Akweni is absolutely right

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