Malawi ex-VP Malewezi speaks on the ‘age-matters’ campaign: Blend the ‘aged’ and ‘babies’

Former Vice Presudent Dr Justin Chimera Malewezi has given his views on age-matters debate following calls  in ruling  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) a]that President Peter Mutharika should rethink contesting again on the grounds of age as he will be celebrating his 79th birthday two months after the 2019 tripartite elections.

Malewezi: There are many successful elderly leaders as well asyouthful ones. Conversely, there have also been old and young “morons” in equal measure.

Anglican youth during the celebrations

But on his take, Saturday during the Anglican church’s memorial ceremony of early missionaries in Chikwawa, Malewezi observed that the country needs a mixture of both young and old politicians for it to achieve meaningful and sustainable socio-economic development.

“It is wrong thinking that one can be a good president just because he is youthful. It is even wrong to say that old people are better leaders. To me, I think the combination of the two can be the best option,” said  Malewezi.

Malewezi, who was also the Guest of Honour at the function, took time to provide social and economic tips to the youth to succeed in life.

“Learn to plan for any financial resources that you may have. Spend money wisely to live an independent life. Don’t rush to get wealth through dubious means,” advised Malewezi.

The opposition to Mutharika’d  second term started within his own family when his sister-in-law, Callista, openly endorsed youthful Vice-President Saulos Chilima, 45, as DPP’s torch-bearer in the 2019 presidential race.

Other party cadres, including national youth director Louis Ngalande ,  legislators Allan Ngumuya, Patricia Kaliati, Noel Masangwi and MP Bon Kalindo, also think Mutharika should indeed rethink contesting again on the grounds of his advanced age.

They are not concerned with  age per se but they have talked of beats in DPP taking advantage of President’s  old age to ransack public coffers and thwart the agenda of poverty reduction.

In his remarks, Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Malawi described the current castigations among members of different political parties as primitive, saying the sad development negatively affects progress in the country’s development.

The Bishop said it was a waste of time for political parties to call one another names instead of focusing on how to get solutions to address challenges the country is facing.

The prelate, however, wondered why people were busy castigating each other because of age presidential candidates. He called on technocrats and professionals to detach themselves from politics and display their ideas and skills to transform Malawi.

“What we would like to see in this country is development. People’s rights and dignity have to be respected. The church will continue to stand up and speak just to make sure that governance issues are on the right path,” he said.

He, therefore, urged members of the Anglican Church to actively participate in the forthcoming tripartite elections as candidates so that parliament has more God-fearing individuals.

Bishop Kalemba said this help the country to place sustainable measures of prioritizing issues of national interest.

“Some of us can’t contest in any elected position because we chose to become priests. However, let me urge you to compete in various political positions,” he appealed.

On youth development, health and education, Bishop Kalemba pointed out that the Anglican Church would continue working in complementing government’s efforts in a bid to register meaningful improvements in the said sectors.

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MzangaDausi
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A Malewezi mwachita bwino mwabwera pa forum ino. Inu kamba kaukalamba dzana lija munkalephera kuyimba belu, cashgator Bakili ndi Mpinganjira akuononga dziko.

Pano kamnyata ka zaka 45 ka Chilima, kakukomba belu, kuwauza aChaponda ndi Mchacha kuti basop kuopsyeza azimayi ndi tima cadet tanuto.

We need youths! Of course not moronic youths like ung’onoun’gono.

Chilima seize the moment! North, south, East West the winds are in your sails.

chitima
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migogo yationengela dziko kwa nthawi yayitali

Central
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Yes a combination of both old and young could be better!

HOWEVER, THE QUALITY AND TYPE OF PERSONS THAT SHOULD BE MADE TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE EQUATION NEED ONLY TO BE THOSE THAT SHOULD SATISFY SOME CRITERIA……………………………………………………!!

Enawa kupanda kuchitapo kanthu mofulumila ationongera dziko……………………………………….!! Remember the adage: “Muvi oonelera umalowa m’manso…………………”……………………………….. ndithudi enawa akomedwa ndipo atipweteka…………………………………………………!! Remember toxic loans Vs our taxes and a chain of cashgate and many other ‘gates’……………………….. nanga ngati ndi zimene a Malewezi akunena ngati?

#DzukaniAmalawi
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Those who stand for (political and socio-economic) change should actively go out to educate the masses, of which over 80% are uneducated and illiterate…….not in terms of which party is better than the other, but rather making them aware that Malawi could be a better place through exercising our constitutional rights, by voting for wise and dynamic leadership. Currently we have this 80% segment of Malawians who don’t know any better; they have been subjected to poverty and hardship for far too long and unfortunately that’s all they know and think that its ok. When we hear of well educated… Read more »
Samuel
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Obaba John Ungapange Tembo pa Zodiak adakambanso zomwezi kuti makanda “babies’ ayambe aphunzira kaye. Mau akulu akoma kagonera. Mau a Mulungu akuti “ubwana ngwachabe.” Muotcha nazo bwengete chifukwa choti anthu sakukumvera, chimenecho ndicho chibwanacho.

Hatton
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You are great Baba. Ali ndi makutu wamva. I salute you bwana former VEEP. Such mbeu ya ma VEEP is rare to find.
I salute you Right Homourable JCM!!!

Cashgate1
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Kikikiki Its a Question of being a “moron” that is helding Malawi back

Cashgate1
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I believe we’ve opportunity that former President’s and their VPs are around. We can have a “Think Tank” that can help Malawi move forward. I pray that some of them can move out of active politics and pray a greater role of advi inde the current leadership as “Think Tank” not individuals to avoid conflict of interest. By the way firm your whatsapp or Telegram Group so that you can connect and Nalawi can learn from your experiences.

Natty Prince
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@master inu masita bola mukanati achinyamata akuuzidwa moipa ngati mmene munaonela lachisanu lija.Kuzipaka peti ndi kumaopyeza ma mp ao omwe osati za matching iyayi ndi ufulu wadzika iliyonse kupanga match pachomwe akuona kuti sizili bwino.

NA CHIKHOSO
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WAKE UP CALL TO THE YOUTHS !! DEAR YOUTHS YOU ARE OUR TOMORROW LEADERS AND THAT TOMORROW IS NOW! –WE HAVE HAD MADALA PRESIDENTS –WE HAVE HAD WOMAN PRESIDENT –NOW IT’S TIME /TURN FOR A YOUTHFUL -VIBRANT -INTELLIGENT – PRESIDENT –DON’T BE FOOLED WITH THESE OLD MADALAS –SHARING MONIES IN PARLIAMENT –PACKING MONIES IN SACKS /PILLOW CASES —WORSE STILL THEY PAINT YOUTHS WITH POISONOUS PAINTS ON OUR BODIES –WAKE-UP YOUTHS !!THIS CHANCE COMES ONCE IN FIVE YEARS OF CRYING !!

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