Malawi paper says honeymoon over for Chakwera, Tonse government

Malawi’s leading daily newspaper, The Nation, has used its editorial comment to point out that 60 days since  President Lazarus Chakwera assumed the high office,  dust has now settled on the election campaign euphoria and Malawians are expecting the change they were promised.

President Chakwera: The jury is out there watching action and not talk shop

‘Honeymoon over for Chakwera, team,’ the paper’s editorial headline reads as it stated that tie for rhetoric is now over and it is time to deliver on the campaign  pledges of Tonse Alliance, which were mostly a blend promises of Malawi Congress Party 9MCP) and UTM Party of Vice-President Saulos Chilima.

The honeymoon period is a metaphor that is used to compare the new president coming to power and his first few months with the honeymoon of a newly-married couple.

Just as the newly-married couple are deeply in love with each other and can’t find any fault in their partner, so the country trusts so much in the new president and in the promises that they made in their election campaign that they cut them a lot of slack in their first few months.

“If truth be told, the Tonse Alliance raised the hoped of many Malawians as its leadership promised to do things differently and, above all, fight corruption, economically empower the masses and ensure fairness in recruitment as well as award of contracts,” observed the editorial.

The paper noted that Malawians are hurting with the impact of coronavirus which has seen up to 273 000 losing their job during the first half of this year. It also noted that many others are struggling to make ends meet and looking forward to bailouts from government in form of cash transfers to ease the pain.

The comment  said Chakwera rightly acknowledged  in his remarks at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe when he opened a two-day orientation and training for Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers that time for talking is over but  matching the governing Tonse Alliance’s campaign promises with action on the ground.

“The starting point should be changing mindset by employing a results–based approach to undertaking government business. Talk less and do more,” the paper said

The President said the 32-member Cabinet will hold its first full Cabinet meeting in “a few days” after the orientation session.

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Main Actor
Main Actor
9 months ago

60 days have passed the MDAs are operating without boards. We need Canabis Regulatory Authority now. Time is running out. You promised on sport actions. We need them now.

Willard Month
Willard Month
9 months ago

Malawians do you remember how in 1994 after Muluzi won the first multi party elections, Kamuzu and JZU Tembo were arrested and tried for the murder of Mwanza 6? What happened? Nothing as Kamuzu and JZU were released. Malawians do you remember when under Bingu Bakili was arrested at the airport and flown to Blantyre? What happened? nothing. No development no progress but Muluzi and Bingu focused on looting. Bingu even failed to ensure Muluzi was tried successfully and sent to prison. Nothing, nothing will happen under the Tonse government to the looters who have bled our country dry. No… Read more »

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phiriwaphiri
9 months ago

phiriwaphiri tangosankha chete, that how dictotors are made, has MBC CHANGED? 60 days down the likne do you see that coming? no 2-ZODIAK YALOWA BOMA NANGA SI A GOSPEL ALIKONKO HEHEHDE POWER IS SWEET, KODI AKAZAKO AKADZASIYA MPANDO , WILL ZBS REMAIN NUETRAL? KUKACHA PRESIDENT THIS, PRESIDENT THAT, BOLA RAINBOW NOW ADAYS IF ZBS WILL SCOOP THE TOP AWARD THIS YEAR, I WILL DIE

Wawa
Wawa
9 months ago

Time for showmanship is over. We need actions now-Bullet train ku 18, Nchesi, ndi Kawale. Our mothers’ r looking forward to their promised monthly allowances. My brothers r waiting for a part of one million jobs

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
9 months ago

Tonse alliance has no internal or external strategy to move Malawi out of poverty. First it believes that ending corruption is only way to develop the country. But what about production, of commodities, exports, change from relying on outdated tobacco, diversification of economy including large scale mining.

Tsogolo langa lafika
Tsogolo langa lafika
9 months ago

Are people just deliberately turning a blind eye to what Tonse Government is doing??? or they they just want to be negative for the sake of being negative, and also can we wait for the budget to be passed!!!!

Wawa
Wawa
9 months ago

What have they done? plz show us

Mbava
Mbava
9 months ago

Stop the nonse! DPP had 6yrs and you never said anything, you watched while they plundered all the money and you stood and watched, You never raised a voice and sat non the benches and cheered them on, Now you have the nerve to say what????

Materbule
9 months ago
Reply to  Mbava

Is there anyone who has been convicted so far as having had a hand on the plunder of public resources? Please! Do not be myopic, the writing is on the wall for everyone to see. These Tonse guys are clueless. For sure they have nothing to offer on the table. You should as well stop talking about the DPP. Peter Mutharika and his team did their part. Let us see if there is anyone who will go to jail on grounds of misappropriation of public resources.

Shonai
9 months ago

He did well to authorize to employ even your family members as long tas they can deliver.Employers are now Free to employ at will.Who will ask.

Jack B.
Jack B.
9 months ago
Reply to  Shonai

Who cares for hypocrites like you

Medson
Medson
9 months ago

Oooh my words
Two months gone into drain

ERUTU
ERUTU
9 months ago
Reply to  Medson

Cadet Brigadier 💪🏾🇲🇼 nanga 6 years ya APM ndi 10 years ya BM utinji bakha 🦆 phweeeeeeee

Materbule
9 months ago
Reply to  ERUTU

Choka wa Pioneer iwe

Mr Piri Piri Chicken
Mr Piri Piri Chicken
9 months ago

Chakewra is a Mr Talk Talk President. There is no delivery on the promises made. And sadly there will be no delivery ever on the promises made. Chakwera is as much a failure already as Muluzi, Bingu, Mama Corruption Joyce Banda and APM were. Only that Chakwera with a bigger family has more to feather his on nest for. Corruption remains strife. UTM and MCP do not show brotherly love. Lets wait and watch. This Tonse business enterprise is to loot, loot and loot and will definitely not end well for us Malawians.

My old chun
My old chun
9 months ago

Take a deep breath, do the sign of the cross, count one to twenty backwards. Good boy. Now see your anger dissipate.

ERUTU
ERUTU
9 months ago

IDIOT 🚮

Kwacha
Kwacha
9 months ago
Reply to  ERUTU

Piri Piri is no idiot you Young Pioner. Read what he says and argue your case. Grow up so that we can use these blog for grown up debates.

Materbule
9 months ago

Mr Piri Pire Chicken, you deserve a pat on the back. The idiots are clueless. They are running government business on trial and error basis.

Orton Chingoli Snr Chief
Orton Chingoli Snr Chief
9 months ago
Reply to  Materbule

Poor SKC, he thinks running a country is like running Airtel, where truth be told it was the expatriate Indians from India who were running the country, with SKC as a figurehead CEO.
SKC should realise that running a country is not the same. Same as Chakwera sooner he realises that running the country as a Pastor with his hand in the charity box helping himself to enrich himself, will not work. Remember those who make evolution impossible make revolution possible.

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