Minister Botomani ‘walk to work’ comments too insensitive, insulting

Even without a single case of the deadly coronavirus (Covid-19) registered, Malawians are already feeling the pinch of the pandemic.

Botomani: Malawianscan walk to work instead of taking a minibus.

Our two main key trading partners, Tanzania and South Africa, are on a lockdown.

This, already, has pushed prices up as demand of goods is soaring against supply.

Even as government is banning social and  public gatherings which helps millions to earn a living, they surely know that millions in this country will feel the economic pinch.

In fact, as they announced the reduction of the number of people in public transport, government was well aware that it will hit the local people even harder.

Just after  a day, prices of minibuses, taxis and buses; shot up by 100 percent—the worst nightmare to have ever hit this country.

If you are from Area 25 in Lilongwe, and you paid K500 to get to work in town, you should have been dead shock to learn that you will now be paying K1000.

Against stagnant salaries, the 100 percent increase is a nail on the coffin of millions in this country who lives below a dollar a day.

What struggling Malawians expected in these painful times  is a motherly and comforting government that will announce measures to insulate them from these abominable pains caused by Covid-19.

They expected, from Mark Botomani, government spokesperson, to be saying measures his government has put in place to lessen the suffering of Malawians.

Not Botomani.

Not this government.

In his splendid stupor, Botomani or his government has played the devil-in-chief with remarks so insensitive, so disdaining, so insulting to Malawians.

In fact, even in his most embarrassing career as a government spokesperson, the irritating Nicholas  Dausi never hit such a rock bottom, insulting Malawians the way Botomani has.

By telling Malawians to walk to work if they can’t afford the 100 percent public transport hike, Botomani has only confirmed the brutal and uncaring nature of the government he works for.

Unless another government official comes to refute him, Malawians today are self-evident that they are on their own—this government is not part of them.

Across the world, governments are doing what they can to insulate their people from the pains of lockdowns and restrictions emanating for Covid-19.

They are cutting interest rates in Kenya, they are suspending water bills in South Africa, they are removing PAYE for lowest workers in Botswana —all these are sensitive measures by responsible governments to show they care for their people.

Not Botomani.

Not this government.

The tragedy of it all is that, despite insulting people he was appointed to serve, Botomani will still be at ease, in that latest Prado TX, making rounds as if nothing happens.

Because he works for an irresponsible government, Botomani will be rewarded with the medal of still being our Minister of Information.

That is  the DPP  government for you—good at protecting elements that keep destroying their repute.

But even as Botomani still clings to serving people he insults, he needs to understand that he has just gone down in history as that government spokesperson who told off his people to “walk to work” when his government endorsed a 100 percent hike of public transport.

He will be remembered as that drunk Marie Antoinette, the 17th century princess of France, who when her people complained of mass hunger she told them off, saying: “let them eat cake”.

No, Botomani; Malawians won’t eat cake, won’t walk to work—you will eat cake but walk back, empty, to Zomba shortly.

Apologise.

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Citizen Number 1
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Citizen Number 1

Mark Botomani, Lero mwakwera pamsana pa njovu musamati kulibe mame. Dikirani mukatsikapo muwaona mamewo. Ukakhala pabwino, poipa pamakuitana ndipo kuno ndi kunja kumayanja lichelo!

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

Bwana anthu asamakudyeleni mkazi koma ku local.government uku. Mukupusatu! Anzanu akukudyelani.

Ngambwe
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Ngambwe

Mark Botomani is a useless minister, Government thrown to the dogs

Kenako
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Kenako

Dausi too insulted Malawians when he showered insults to the albinos as they demonstrated to State House! Now it’s Mark, these people enjoy to see people suffer but the truth shall one day catch up with them one day!

Sandram
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Sandram

Botomani you’re so stupid. A goat is much far better than you. You can’t talk like this to people that are feeding you. We don’t need cretin people in government like u. Mbuzi iwe kwabasi.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Sad that a minister had the audacity to say that we, the poor, should be walking to work while he is driven to work thanks to our tax. Mr. Botoman is an classic example of people who do not care about the people.

Jane Kalunga
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Jane Kalunga

No fucken black minister from Africa has cared for his people, these heartless thieves care for themselves only

Mw Army
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A person should take his measure of his brain, his is protecting not as what we think.

Some of the countries are in lockdown. There’s no taxi to carry passengers

Mw Army
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Be a person in full.

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

thats when we need public transport eg ma buss aja akale a boma aja,ntengo wake unali umodzi bcoz we knew fare wuold not just change overnite. was our taxes. and muluzu scapped them all out and brought in free ,democracy he said, minibuses and dubai was the shoprite we bought much of the one day zigoba. coz u go to dubai, they have stable cars.imagine home many people perished and noone got proper charges if not washout with a bribe to the police. and no insurances. its this small country where 99.9 percent of the cars have dentted bonnets, boots,… Read more »

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

Privatization ijaaaa zotsatila zake ndi zimenezi.
tinagulitsa David whitehead, pano tikusoka tokha ma mask just like some african countries, komatu ai tibadikila China.

Malawi walero
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Malawi walero

So u writer of this article whats your point of this? Looks u have been sent here. Taxies association are the ones to be questionable here to where did they get theses rules?

Malawi Citizen
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Malawi Citizen

Your stupid, .. can’t you see that comment or statement made by Minister of information?… idiot.

Maxwell mapemba
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The concern of the writer is what has been commented by the minister nothing else so I don’t understand your complaint

Wakwithu
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Wakwithu

Childish minister of misinformation who doesn’t know why he is an elected public official

K.kagalu.
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K.kagalu.

I wonder if Malawi has even people who are really Malawians, I mean those who are is it in power or those who are forcing themselves to be in power I guess. Look at the response from the Minister,,,,it is a total shame to the World, I mean you tell me that this is the type of Minister Malawians wanted? I some times ask myself,, what is wrong with us?? Is it that we are so peace loving creature? I mean the whole World, it is only Malawi that has sleeping people or I should say mad people. Someone called… Read more »

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