MCP leader gives a glimpse of a ‘new Malawi enjoyed by everyone’ not the few

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, who is also leader of opposition in parliament, used the State of the Nation Address (SONA)  response as a platform to outline his party’s plans for the country should the MCP govern after next year’s elections.

Chakwera(right) A new Malawi enjoyed for everybody will be under MCP government.

Chakwera in more militant tone told Parliament that his detractors, who accuse him of merely criticising government without giving it solutions, should know such solutions and suggestions are in all his speeches in the House, adding that the government is too arrogant to adopt any of them.

 “We are not in this mess because of a lack of good ideas or alternatives, but because of the DPP’s lack of political will to use any of the alternative ideas,” he said.

Chakwera outlined an  alternative vision for Malawi.

“So now I am determined to partner with young Malawians in pursuing the alternative vision I have for the country, since the DPP is too infected to make a healthy partner for development, as a certain political party has found out. But Mr. Speaker, Sir, this alternative vision is not one I created or manufactured alone, but one that young Malawians themselves have helped curate and entrusted to my care as I have interacted with them across the country, from the tea estates of Mulanje and Thyolo to the plateaus of Rumphi and Karonga.

“ It is an alternative vision for Malawi that I have heard young Malawians in Nsanje and Chikwawa describe as they have narrated their suffering to me after failing to secure a job at the only company in their communities. It is an alternative vision for Malawi that young Malawians in Rumphi, Mzimba, and Nkhata-Bay have etched on my heart as they described the pain of failing to afford or qualify for University after passing MSCE exams with flying colours. It is an alternative vision for Malawi that young Malawians in Machinga, Mangochi, Zomba, Ntcheu, and Balaka have fuelled in me as they have told me their frustrations with unemployment and their struggle to start or grow a business in a country where the DPP government has allowed market terms and conditions to be dictated by foreigners,” said Chakwera in his American accent.

Chakwera said he would pursue his vision as a servant-leader and provide change of direction   for a “new Malawi to be enjoyed by everyone”.

“That is what our people want, and that is what we promise to deliver if trusted to govern,” he said.

 

He called for the country to look to a better future under an MCP government.

“ A New Malawi Enjoyed by Everyone will be a country with economic opportunities for all. We will invest in infrastructure critical to economic activity. I am talking about guaranteeing electricity for industry throughout the day and creating a Solar Energy National Subsidy Effort (SENSE) to make electricity accessible to homes even off the grid.  I am talking about making our cities attractive for investment by making dirt-roads in our cities a thing of the past. I am talking about implementing irrigation schemes and employing irrigation technologies to make our farms productive in and out of season. 

“I am talking about scaling up import substitution opportunities in order to improve the country’s trade balance and overall current account status. I am talking about adopting an aggressive policy that promotes the production of exportable commodities. I am talking about expanding the infant agro-industrial manufacturing even if it means initially substituting the imported food commodities which the country can produce for itself. I am talking about giving private sector businesses tax breaks for giving young people under the age of 30 part-time jobs, so that more young people have a chance to start earning an income.” 

Rubbishing Mutharika’s address, Chakwera said it  was sad to note that the only thing the President had to offer young people was the construction of more stadiums, probably with borrowed money.

“The irony is that when the President was a young man, he was given opportunities to study, to work, to build a career, and to build an income, and yet as an older man, he is offering young people nothing more than stadiums that remain empty most of the year and cost millions to maintain and manage,” he said.

Chakwera said his administration on ‘ A New Malawi Enjoyed by Everyone’  will be a country with basic services for all.

“ Here, I am talking about access to education, health, water, and sanitation. No Malawian citizen should sleep on the floor in a hospital, or spend a whole day in the hospital without being seen by a doctor, or be sent to a private pharmacy to buy medicines that have been stolen from public hospital, or end up in the hospital because the Government made them drink sewage water,” he said. 

He said his administration would embrace good governance where institutions will be measured by a credit score, mobilise financial resources needed to carry out the key investments in infrastructure and services and spend public resources judiciously on the key priorities, among others.

“We will subject all governance institutions to be measured by a CREDIT score. This will be a public service performance evaluation system that will annually scrutinize every government department to see if it is Corruption-free, Responsive, Enthusiastic, Disciplined, Innovative, and Timely. I am talking about functional government systems that work for all our people, not dysfunctional government systems that our people are forced to work around.  I am talking about designing and implementing key policy reforms in various areas and sectors, enforcing policies, rules, laws, regulations, and procedures that are currently gathering dust on government shelves. I am talking about going through the whole government sector by sector to remove every element that is a product of nepotism and tribalism practiced at the expense of capacity and results,” he said.

 Chakwera promised to build a lean, efficient state tasked with creating opportunities for people, instead of the bloated, corrupt state that is only dragging  Malawi backwards.

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Mbulunji
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Mbulunji

YOHANE,i think you are a bit confused by calling a human being a THING.i have read Winston’s narrations very closely and I did not see something wrong in all he wrote.By the way,its you who deserves to be called a THING.if you are well informed man,you could have criticised Winston in a civilised manner.By the way,have you been in school in your life-time? Ihope not!!!!!!!!

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Yohane,Iam a human being like you and iam not a thing,this shows me that you have lost your dignity to call your fellow human being a THING.ANYWAY,i do not want to waste my time on a half-human being.It is unfortunate that God can create such baffoons to live among real human beings!!!!!!!!!!!

Hatton
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Hatton

Another wishful thinking. Malawians link people’s ideas with their actions. If people want to work with the youth and the same people chase the youth that were proving more knowledgeable than them, then only fools should believe such people. If people claim to distribute wealthy equally yet they spend over K800 million to have one dwelling house, which fool should believe their assertion? Demonstrate that you are not extravagant. To end the poverty of a church mouse, believed to be the poorest, is very costly and unbearable. Pride is very difficult to accommodate, even in heaven God had to expell… Read more »

teezak
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teezak

I hope he had time to explain how he will finance the “subsidies” he is calling for. This myopic utopian thinking will not take anyone anywhere. I am praying for our own Thomas Sankara in Malawi one of these days, otherwise in this election, we don’t have an alternative.

Venom Viper
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Venom Viper

Eti eti our filthy depot in lilongwe, depot yamu capital city kumanunkha zowona.

Napoleon
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Napoleon

Let us do a soul searching of this man Chakwera. If he has plan for all , which is great, I have a question. When he was at assemblies how many of his congregation improved their life. Did all of his congregation do better. How many have built the house like he has or he is building now. How long did it take for his house to finish. If he could not finish the same year , what gives him confidence that he can chNge the nation at a split of a second. This is not miracle mr. Chakwera. On… Read more »

Ant-APM
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Ant-APM

Enanu mukungodzilimbitsa mtima simukudziwa zili pa ground, Chakwera akuopseza ndpo atenga boma ngat enanu simusamala 2019,,,the guy is visionary,,

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Mr.Chakwera,what a glimpse of a novel Malawi would every Malawian enjoy? Even in Banda’s brutal regime,not massive Malawians enjoyed the fruits of independence.A very few Banda’s dupes lived a sustainable life.Your accusation of DPP that it has not fulfilled its promises,is just a political gimmics to attract support and voters in the next coming national electins of 2019.Mr.Chakwera,talking sweet to the young people of the North,is just a gibberish to attract votes in the North.If you could abandon R.Msowoya and instead,picked Mia an Arab migrant,what does that indicate? Throwing a Malawian and an African in the lion’s jaws,is that an… Read more »

yohane
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yohane

is it the Msowoya thing?

KALINDO
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MALAWI NEEDS AN intelligent /wise leader –not only being a professor /doctor on or by papers NO NO ! Rather somebody who translate his /her brains into solutions for the wellbeing of the people in the north centre and south as one people belonging to one mother Malawi — Full stop !!

Chappe;
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Mr Chakwera has covered all the areas that absolutely need to be addressed if Malawi and its people are to move forward. He should be given the opportunity to lead the country and to put it on the right path to prosperity. He respects the ordinary citizen’s right to health, education and a decent standard of living. The DPP shows no concern for the majority of Malawians and is only interested in feathering the nests of its own elites. It is institutionally corrupt and devoid of all ideas to solve the country’s problems. Under the leadership of the ageing APM… Read more »

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