Mutharika  in sobering New Year message, ‘put Malawi first’

President Peter Mutharika has used his new year message to  tell citizens that the year 2019 provides Malawians a chance to make a choice and decide the country’s destiny during the May 21 Tripartite elections.

President Mutharika:  Together, we must continue on our path to make Malawi a great country

“The year 2019 is a year of elections. It is a year we will decide the fate of this country. The fate of this nation lies in the decision you and I will make this year. This is the year we will make a better Malawi or destroy our country,” said Mutharika.

In a sobering New Year message, the President  said the country’s electoral laws prescribe a 60-day period to the polling day as official campaign period when the public broadcaster MBC  is expected to allocate slots to contesting political parties and  the electoral body  can enforce its code of conduct.

However, political parties are already in full-swing election campaign.

Mutharika appealed to Malawians to practise clean politics that entrenches love, unity and peace, saying the electorate should  “reject politics of castigation” and smear campaigns.

“Elections come and go. But this country will remain our country. This election, this campaign will come to pass. But you and I will remain Malawians.

“Let us agree to practise civilised politics in the spirit of peace, love and unity. Let us reject politics of castigation. Reject politics of hate. Let us learn to forgive one another. Beyond politics, we are all Malawians,” said the Malawi leader.

With an election of  a President, 193 members of Parliament (MPs) and 462 ward councillors pending, Mutharika pledged to end electricity blackouts which has been bedeviling the nation, crippling industry and economic growth.

“Blackouts will be history soon,” he said.

Mutharika also lauded his success  that the country was on the right track  under his administration as the Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index ranked it among top 10 nations in the world and one of the only two countries in Africa committed to progressive taxation system.

In apparent reference to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Credit Facility programme performance, the President said the Bretton Woods institution has since 2015 consistently given Malawi a high rating for economic performance.

He said: “The IMF is conf ident that we are economically over-performing as a country. The latest 2018 IMF report says it all.”

Mutharika, who is seeking  re-election for a second and mandatory final five-year term,   said time has come for politicians to rise above petty politics and put Malawi first.

He said: “Say NO to savage politics of rudeness. Say NO to politics of lies!”

Mutharika said politicians  from his  governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF), UTM party,  People’s Party (PP), Malawi Congress Party (MCP) should know that  Malawians want them  to focus on solving the long-term problems of thes country.

“Malawians are tired of poverty. Malawians want us to compete on our policies and programmes. Let us listen to the voice of the people. Together, we must continue on our path to make Malawi a great country,” he said.

However, in his New Year message, Lazarus Chakwera, the  MCP leader,  wished Malawians a blessed a New Year and said 2019 is an important year as major decisions will be made on the direction of the country.

Said the MCP president: “Malawians will take up the responsibility to make the right decision, to put right leaders in right places. As a party, we are geared to winning the elections and we ask them to make their right decision in 2019.”

He said MCP has faced some challenges in preparing for the 2019 elections.

Said Chakwera: “We had a lot of challenges. We started the year with issues of the court but by God’s grace, we were able to overcome such challenges and consolidate our position as a party that is ready to build a new Malawi.”

On May 21 this year, Malawians will go to the polls to elect a president, MPs and councillors to govern the country for the next five years.

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Fck
Fck
1 year ago

Mr President that’s impostering don’t cheat us you have decided Malawi with your nepotistic and corrupt practices too little too late we have made our decision to change infact to remove you because you have failed us no appollogy see what you vice has said about you and your people plunder the resources ai poti paja analapa akuti pachipanda iye inu simukanawina sindiye umbava
tikuudandaulaa lero umeneu Mr President

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
1 year ago

We are not going to destroy the country, it i already destroyed.
Put Malawi first borrowed from Trump America first

NoName
NoName
1 year ago

Well put…Time to make the decision to take you and your poor & pathetic administration down. Tazunzika kokwana

Kawawa
Kawawa
1 year ago

What hypocrisy! That speech should be rammed down the throats of cadets, Mr President. They are the ones practising politics of castigation and violence.

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
1 year ago
Reply to  Kawawa

Honesty Is The Best Policy, so goes the saying. But in Malawi we have Gogos lying (through their teeth) and stealing in broad day light at the same time expecting the majority of Malawians to behave differently. Ati integrity and patriotism.
Very weird!

Favour of Yahweh
1 year ago

Mr president, osandaula, tiri okonzeka kale, tithetse mnyozi. Please continue planning for great development, the office is still yours .

Nambewe
Nambewe
1 year ago

Excellent speech APM. If Malawians even did half of what you are saying Malawi would be much further than we are.Developing a nation is the DUTY of every Malawian not just the president!!!! Please do your bit every day and make sure we are moving forward NOT BACKWARD. Don’t steal. Cash-gate is stealing. Don’t lie. Work hard> Love your country don’t run mother Malawi down . Please recognize that every citizen is responsible for the advancement of Malawi so that we can all live in comfort.

Luka
Luka
1 year ago

It’s always the same story: ‘The Malawi economy is doing great. All the international economists say so.’ Meanwhile, Malawians have been watching their standards of living steadily deteriorate. It’s time to put MALAWIANS first. It seems that statistics can be manipulated to prove anything you want about a country. If my children are wearing the same faded clothes they were wearing this time last year, and if they are tired of the same old telele from gogo’s garden, it’s time to be the change that 99% of us need. If on average, Malawi is doing great, it just means that… Read more »

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
1 year ago

If you had put Malawi first you wouldnt have stolen MK145M and deposited it in your account fool, you wouldnt have allowed looting of public funds by your government

Stanley Mdala
Stanley Mdala
1 year ago

MCP was in court due to weak leadership of Chakwera. He failed to show his leadership skills by letting his then Secretary General Kaliwo take control of the serious issues the party was facing as a result there was division into two opposing groups of Kaliwo and Msowoya against Chakwera. The Jumbes and Kabwila issues exacerbated the disagreements that took courts to sort out. By this time the damage was already done. Church leadership and political leadership are two different games. We shall see how it pans out on 23rd May.

Moya
Moya
1 year ago

Mr president this country is already destroyed we can only make a better Malawi decision on may 19th or choose to remain destroyed under ur leadership. Malawi let’s make Malawi better by choosing anything but not DPP. Wakumva amva, nothing personal just for the love of my dear poor Nyasaland

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