MCP in ‘Chakwera Hi5’ plagiarism row: Copied from African Development Bank Hi5 initiative

In a bid to outshine opponent political parties for colourful campaign initiative, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) had ended up shooting itself in the leg. It has committed a sin of plagiarism.

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MCP shoots itself in the leg by pragiarising an AfDB Hi5 initiative

It has emerged that the Hi5 initiative the party has been parading as if it were their own brainchild, is in fact an African Development Bank (AfDB) initiative for stepping up development by focusing on five priorities that are crucial for accelerating Africa’s economic transformation.

The AFDB’s “Hi5s” include; Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

AFDB President Akinwumi Adesina started the initiative in September 2015 during his inaugural speech.

On the other hand, Chakwera’s MCP Hi-5 is premised on; servant leadership, prospering together, ending corruption, rule of law and national unity. It is said this is the new anthem that has replaced the four cornerstones of loyalty, obedience, unity and discipline.

Chakwera has been riding on the Hi5 mantra as MCP slogan in the campaign for the 2019 general elections.

“If MCP had acknowledged the origin of the concept it could been treated different. But the mere fact that they tried to pass it on as their own is an act of gross dishonesty. And that speaks volumes for the leadership. Not only does it expose a dishonest character but lack of creativity in the MCP leadership,” said a political observer Nyakuchena Ganda in an interview with Nyasa Times.

“It is act of plagiarism. In academic circles, plagiarism amounts to stealing somebody’s work and presenting it as your own. It is a serious crime punishable by, but not limited to; failure on an assignment, grade reduction or course failure, suspension, and possibly dismissal.”

“In some cases in United States of America (USA) it can attract a fine or prison sentence. Many people have ended up serving prison terms because of this,” added Ganda.

“Don’t ask me what we should do with Chakwera. You have the power to vote. The question you should be asking is whether we should vote for a dishonest character or not?” he said.

Plagarism scandals is not new in African political parties. In Nigeria, the  ruling All Progressive’s Congress (APC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari was been accused of plagiarism after its manifesto declared it was dedicated to “keeping America safe and secure”.

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Dagobert
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Dagobert

Stupid article! Nothing more important than looking at election campaign slogans ?
Look at the party memoranda or candidates, explain them to us the voters instead of bothering us with trivialities !

Nyankhoma
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Nyankhoma

Do i not hear UTM use the phrase “draining the swamp ” which was Donald Trump’s “slogan” in 2016?

JAMES TWAPA
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JAMES TWAPA

IF THE INITIATIVE IS EFFECTIVE WHY NOT COPYING, COZ FROM WHAT I CAN SEE HI 5 MAY LEAD TO GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT IN VARIOUS SECTORS OF OUR BELOVED NATION.

njoka
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njoka

Author, what is plagiarism? Understand this first and go back to your article.

Francis
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Francis

MCP ili busy kutsitsa fundo zodzatukulira Malawi pamene DPP ili busy kutukwana MCP WOOOOOYEEEE

Mkanda
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Mkanda

Hi5 has been a mantra for many. There also used to be a social media before facebook was an inthing. Even the African Development Bank Hi5, might have not been theirs. I do not see any sense of plagarism and the academic you have quoted should have been from an unknown institution.

Cadet 1
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Cadet 1

Chakwera HI 5…MCP Boma

Sizwe Bongo
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Sizwe Bongo

Sour grapes and kicks of a dying horse. UTM says draining the swamp which is a Donald Trump and Republican catch phrase , Rwanda copied Malawi’s vision 2020 did these guys ever acknowledged their source ? Why pick on MCP with its High 5 , I think the the Hi 5 is causing shivers to many parties and is resonating well with the masses hence the jealous voices from various quarters.. I am beginning to doubt the credentials of this half backed writer he has shown that he has never done any research in his career.Nyasatimes editors always take some… Read more »

mtete
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mtete

It would have been an issue were the points in Chakwera’s Hi5 the same as those in AfDB’s. They are completely different. The author wants to school us on penalties meted for plagiarism. Rubbish. Be quiet if you’ve nothing better to wright.

In any case, AfDB is a public institution such that Malawi may have taken part in crafting the Hi5 you are obsessed with

Girl lady
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Girl lady

Muona kuti mupanga bwanji CHAKWERA HIE 5 woyeeee!!!!

Mbava za 2014
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Mbava za 2014

Chakwera Woyeeee. Viva MCP

Muthalika and Chilima tinakuvoterani 2014. Pano ndi Chakwera basi.