Malawi citizens critique President Mutharika over 1 million job remark

Malawians have taken up to social media to critique President Peter Mutharika for suggesting that it was impossible to create one million jobs in Malawi in a year.

Mutharika: Nobody can create one million jobs in this country

State Vice-President Saulos Chilima , who is leading the newly established  United Transformation Movement (UTM), has said he would create one million jobs once voted into power.

In a pre-recorded program to be aired on State-controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Mutharika said:

“Nobody can create one million jobs in this country. Never. It can never happen.”

But some Malawians rebuked the President that it was indeed easier to get involved in K145 million alleged kickback than create jobs of such magnitude.

They were referring to the contentious K145 million donation suspected to have been proceeds of crime in much-publicised Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations scam deposited in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) account.

Mutharika is the sole signatory to the DPP account which received the ‘suspicious’ funding.

Those commenting on Facebook argued that Mutharika could not even think of creating jobs, saying his government was failing to employ government trained teachers for two years now.

Zameer Karim’s Pioneer Investments is under Anti-Corruption Bureau probe for a K2.7 billion food rationing scandal.

Following a leaked Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) document which implicated the DPP and President Mutharika in a police food ration scandal, the DPP-led government has come under heavy public criticism with human rights defenders calling for the resignation of President Mutharika.

Reacting to the development, rights activist Gift Trapence, who is also deputy chairperson for Human Rights Defenders Coalition which has been pushing for justice on the matter, said the DPP’s announcement to pay back the money amounts to admission of guilty.

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diso
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diso

atate inso simutha kuchita create 1 m jobs .?simutithandizatu kkkkkkk

Kachindamafuwa
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Kachindamafuwa

Malawi need more teachers, police officers, more nurses, hospital assistants, more business to employ more people….. the more people are employed the more the tax base, the more the economy grow.

Kachindamafuwa
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Kachindamafuwa

How many jobs has DPP government created in the past 4 years?

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

AMalawi kukonda kunamizidwa. It’s simply not possible to create a million jobs in just one year in Malawi. Is Chilima talking about jobs or piece works? (Chilima akunena ntchito kapena ganyu?)

Bola kuche
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Bola kuche

Mulimonsemo kaya ntchito kaya ganyu bola at the end of a day ukhale nkenakake kokadya ku den, SKC bravo

Waku Gauteng
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Waku Gauteng

I would rather hear a president wannabe challenging himself to creating jobs because if he doesn’t we can take him to task. At present we have a hopeless and uninspiring situation that needs to stir up the citizenry. If a president can’t do anything for his people why is he on the throne? The question is, can someone do something about massive unemployment? And it seems someone has a plan. Don’t shout it can’t be done yet. APM is a qualified lawyer, what has he done to improve the judiciary? This is an area he should have excelled but dololo.… Read more »

Kachindamafuwa
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Kachindamafuwa

If APM has said he will create 1 million jobs all those who are say it is not possible could have been saying boma ilo. Npw Chilima has said it mukumva kuwawa

365 watch 24/7
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365 watch 24/7

Dear Mr president If your government was able to save -4 billion/CDF funds = 3, 300 jobs created in 1 year -145 million/pioneer investment=120 jobs created in 1 year -1. 9 billion/escom fuel= 1, 580 jobs in 1 year -40 billion/FISP= 33, 333 jobs in one year -54 billion/escom mid procurement = 45, 00 jobs in 1 year -16 million/beer subsidy BT only = 13 jobs in 1 year All those getting 100-120k a month DPP blue night donations/state owned org = jobs created ???? District councils/money lost = jobs created ???? If indeed you are able to give -Tax… Read more »

Jumbo
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Jumbo

Loud and clear

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Those criticizing lack vision. When President John F. Kennedy announced in 1961 his ambitious plans of sending an American safely to the moon before the end of the decade, I am sure people with the same mentality as APM and most critics here felt that was mission impossible. Eight years later in 1969, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon surface. Vision is the hallmark of a transformational leader. Clearly we need a visionary leader like Kagame, able to transform the country within a short time and APM is nowhere near that visionary leader. Curbing corruption is key… Read more »

M'Malawi Weniweni
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M'Malawi Weniweni

When JFK pronounced the vision to send nan to the moon and return him safely to earth, USA already has an active space program. So the pronouncement was not unrealistic.
Creating 1 million jobs in 1 year in Malawi is unrealistic. The USA, the world’s biggest economy create about 2 million jobs per year. Is it conceivable for Malawi, among the poorest countries, to create half the number of jobs that America creates.?

Kachindamafuwa
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Kachindamafuwa

You know how many jobs USA creates /per year. Do you know how many DPP government has created in the past 4 years?

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Do not start cheating people here. It is not the largest economy that creates jobs, It’s the FASTEST GROWING economy. Most African countries with growing economy could relatively create more jobs than established big economies in the West.
Example mulimi wokhazikika ndi ma farm, zigayo koma for whatever reason sakufuna kukulitsa investment yake ndi wina wachinyamata wanyong akufuna farm yake ikule, he even goes kukatenga loan for that investment, ndani angalembe anthu ambiri pa farm yake? STOP LYING!!!
Ma theory anu achina Goodall are obsolete and FAKE pano.
SHAME!!!

DAVIE C MAKAWA
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petulos mutharica , i have no problem with you but the people surrounding you.

Che Wanimiliyoni
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Che Wanimiliyoni

Malawians let’s stop hero-worshiping and believing that whatever our leaders are saying is gospel truth. Take time to critic what your leaders dangle infront of you. Creating 1 million jobs is not easy and more so in one year. It will require massive investments this poor country cannot afford. For instance let’s take kabaza as the cheapest investment for job creation, with a bicycle, additional fixtures and registration at about k80,000 it will take k80 billion to create 1 million kabaza jobs. Then we will have ask ourselves do we have a market for 1 million kabazas, azikwera ndangati? Further… Read more »

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