Times Group Editor-In-Chief George Kasakula has said Malawi needs to seek God’s intervention through prayers to give the country a “game changer” leader, cementing his claims that incompetence of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government is so telling that it can be felt.
Kasakula, who is one of DPP-led government’s most acerbic critics, said during a a radio programm called ‘From the Columnist’ which Nyasa Times monitored on Times Radio [online streaming].
“We should pray to God that He should give Malawi a game changer leader. What we have is a business as usual leader,” said Kasakula.
He heaped blame on the Peter Mutharika administration for the socio-economic woes facing the country.
During the programme, host Wezi Kasambara was discussing the newspaper column ‘Hitting the nail’ which Kasakula authors in the Malawi News.
His recent post was titled ‘What a joke from State House’ in which he wrote about President Peter Mutharika and the First Lady cancellation of African Union summit trip to Addis Ababa because they wanted to preserve money in the national kitty, calling it a “bout of jokes” from State House.
In ‘Hitting the nail’ , Kasakula wrote: “But this is what it is— a joke because memories are still fresh of the President travelling to London just to deliver a lecture to an empty hall that was occupied more by members of his entourage than anybody from Oxford University.”
He queried that if the President is in the mood to save money, why did he undertake “ a senseless trip” to England and then claim that he is saving taxpayers’ money by refraining from travelling to Addis Ababa which has a daily scheduled flight and is only three hours away.
“Memories are also still fresh of once upon a time when he travelled to Addis Ababa on a chartered flight to collect a worthless piece of paper called honorary degree on lies that he has changed our fortunes on water shortage and electricity when the opposite is true.
“He should not have gone to London to address an empty hall like he has done not to travel to Addis Ababa. Malawians demand consistency.”
Kasakula argued the nation is in improverished state, especially in rural areas contrary to how the Peter Mutharika administration “refuses to live the frugality gospel they preach to anybody who cares to listen by going on an orgy of careless expenditure of taxes while refusing to be accountable.”
He also condemned Trade and Industry Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha for “shamelessly” refusing to reveal how much of the tax the government were willing to blow to celebrate “general failure, poverty, deprivation and mediocrity” 53 years of Malawi independence from British colonial rule.
Kasakula argued that Malawians should just lower their expectations of the incumbent President and his government.
“It preaches frugality when the opposite is true thereby cracking jokes with Malawians. But our lives are not a joking matter.”
During the radio programme, Kasakula insisted:“We need game changer leadership. This country needs business unsusual.Malawians should demand for better leadership.”
A beneficiary of British Chevening scholarship at University of Leeds in International Journalism Masters Degree, Kasakula is the Editor-In-Chief of Malawi media giant Times Group.
Kasakula is also attracting wrath of those wielding power recklessly, even criminally, with complete impunity and unaccountability as he is putting them on spot with his no holds barred critique.
Malawi government spokesman Nicholous Dausi is on record saying Kasakula gives “unnecessary irritation”.
He said Kasakula seemed almost emotional in his contributions.
But he has hit back, saying he cannot stop being emotional when the country is going in the wrong direction.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :