Mutharika heeds Chilima proposals on Covid-19 fight — UTM

UTM Party has said President Peter Mutharika has taken heed to pleas by Vice President Salous Chilima on Sunday  for the Head of State to constitute an inclusive task force to spearhead the fight against Corornavirus (Covid-19) and to put in place measures to caution the poor and vulnerable groups.

Chilima: His proposals are said to have been adopted by the President in the Covid-19  response strategy

Mutharika on Tuesday delivered a national address in the cover of the night where he announced that he was restructuring the ministerial committee and forming an inclusive Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus that will include Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Public Affairs Committee (PAC), medical experts, professionals and other stakeholders.

UTM publicity secretary Joseph Chidanti Malunga observed that this was in direct response to Chilima’s plea on Sunday for Mutharika to establish an inclusive taskforce that will gain trust from Malawians in the fight against Coronavirus and use of resources.

“President Mutharika should, for once, demonstrate leadership by  inviting opposition leaders, civil society leaders, religious leaders, captains of the industry and even celebrities to be part of the national response,” said Chilima on Sunday in a live televised national address.

The estranged vice-president Chilima, who is also UTM leader,  had also said the inclusive taskforce was very crucial at this stage as it is clear that majority of Malawians are not trusting information on Covid-19 from government officials which is undermining efforts to fight the pandemic.

” It is clear to everyone that government faces serious deficit of trust among majority of Malawians. the public reaction to information from the government on convid-19 proves one key thing-the public does not recognise the current leadership as a credible source of information,” Chilima had lamented.

He said the loss of trust hampers governments efforts to fight the pandemic as people can not cooperate and this leads to people ignoring measures to combat the pandemic.

UTM pointed out that Mutharika has also taken heed to Chilima’s call to put in place measures to caution the poor and the vulnerable before any drastic measures such as lockdown are implemented to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

” Locking people away from their homes without clear and deliberate public health strategy for steering the lockdown is condemning them to hunger. Majority of people would not sustain themselves during lockdown ,” said Chilima.

Mutharika announced that government  will launch an emergency cash transfer programme targeting about 1 million people and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Eligible households will receive a K35 000  ($40) monthly payment, matching the country’s minimum wage, through mobile cash transfer starting in May, Mutharika said.

“This will strengthen livelihoods,” Mutharika said.

Chilima has received praises on social media since last night for his pro-active role to outline measures that would help the fight against Covid-19 and proposals to government to create an all inclusive taskforce, which Mutharika and his government has taken into account.

President Mutharika’s night address downplayed  an allowance scandal that broke out on Monday where his Cabinet ministers are said to be drawing K450 000 per day and MPs K350 000 for doing coronavirus work.

The scandal broke out despite earlier rebuttals by Information Minister Mark Botoman and Health Minister that the ministers were not receiving any allowance.

A video clip has gone viral where Botoman and Mhango are shamelessly conniving to put a spin to the allowance scandal.

The impoverished country, which so far has seen 36 positive cases of Covid-19 and three deaths, has suffered from economic stagnation in recent years, leading to increasing unrest over falling living standards.

The World Bank said last week it had approved a $37m funding package to help Malawi respond to the coronavirus.

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Mpakaten
9 months ago

Nanga a HRDC mwawaiwala mesa nkhani ya injunction inali yomweyi?

Banda
Banda
9 months ago

Chilima is a foul-mouthed fool. He new what the president was going to speak. A lunatic as he is, he came talking about those things as if he is clever by making suggestions. In fact government had said it was working on a package.

Chebiti9
Chebiti9
9 months ago

Does it really matter who initiated it? People please grow up. Regardless of who initiated the idea this is good for the country going forward. Let us not fuel unnecessary animosity where the masses are concerned. This is progressive thinking

Fools day
Fools day
9 months ago

We complained that APM is not including others in the covid 19 committee. He has listened to it and you are boasting that he has borrowed your idea. What good do you expect from him that will make you happy? Learn to appreciate when someone accommodates your request

Mwaononga bukhu
Mwaononga bukhu
9 months ago

Mwahahahaha it was pure coincidence or I suspect eaves dropping by Chilima. His agents may have overheard apm making plans and little spoilt boy rushed out with his unplanned presser. Desparate times for utm

Chiga
Chiga
9 months ago

Please read this breaking news from Uganda and get some wisdom as to how our ‘now listening president’ should tackle the disease of ‘self-enrichment’ that most of our politicians seem to have contracted and refuse to be cured of it! Here we go:– ” Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has blasted MPs for allocating themselves a total of 10billion Uganda shillings (US$2.6 million) to enable each of them to raise awareness about coronavirus.(apparently usurping responsibilities vested in District committees set up for the purpose). President Museveni said he would ask the auditor general to investigate MPs who have already spent the… Read more »

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
9 months ago

In a rear sign of leadership, APM has swallowed his pride and done the needful. But …. this dude is a crooked fellow with shifty eyes. So Malawians, let’s be on our guard! Mkulu ameneyu anazolowera kutipaka mafuta pakamwa, nyama akudya yekha (with a h/t to SKC).

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

Should have done this ages ago. Thanks mr vice president for helping the old man.

ineyo
ineyo
9 months ago

A chilima kupupuluma ngati chule odumpha popanda dzenje. Power hungry. Buluzi oipa uyu

MASO ENA
MASO ENA
9 months ago

BY THE WAY, WHERE IS CHAKWERA?

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