Mutharika with fragile mandate tipped on Sona: Malawi leader ‘shouldn’t throw baby with bath-water’

President Peter Mutharika  has been urged to  give an honest status  of the Malawi situation when he will deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) this Friday  amid  opposition challenging the legitimacy of his recent re-election, based on widespread allegations of vote-rigging.

President Mutharika will this Friday deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) amid a crisis surrounding his legitimacy

Both political analysts and economists as well as newspaper editorial comment, the President is being advised that as he will deliver his first Sona in his second and mandatory final term of office, he should strike a balance “for the good of mother Malawi.”

“The President must assure Malawians how he will deal with rampant corruption, graft and theft of public resources. The economy cannot grow, let alone be turned into a middle income economy when these vices are still on the rise,” said economic commentator Gilbert Kachamba in quotes reported by The Nation newspaper.

A political analyst Ernest Thindwa of the University of Malawi pointed out that Mutharika also need to frame how he wants Malawians and the international community to view him in the context of the post-election disputes and weak governing mandate in a country facing a cocktail of challenges that are deepening poverty.

Said Thindwa: “The biggest expectation that people have from the President’s [Sona] is to come out clearly on how he can achieve country unity that is now at the lowest ebb.

“In my view, the President needs to accept that there is something very wrong with our electoral laws that leaves people more divided. We will all be very disappointed if he does not prescribe how the roots of this discord can be dealt with.”

In its extended coverage, The Nation in an editorial comment pointed out that Mutharika mustered 38.57 percent of the votes in the presidential elections, “meaning that at least 60 percent of the electorate do not fully agree with his vision for Malawi.”

The paper also advised Mutharika to tweak his Sona and adopt “grand plans” that were articulated by his political competitors, especially Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima, aimed at moving the country forward.

It said Mutharika’s address may not just need to provide a roadmap for the country based on his party’s manifesto, but also from his rivals’ policy proposals.

“To strike a balance, Mutharika, through his Sona, should blend some of the brilliant ideas by his challengers, including fighting corruption and revision of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp). We believe it will not be plagiarism, but for the national good,” reads the editorial comment in part.

It pointed out that ignoring some of the brilliant ideas outline that the President will be seen to be missing the point in his Sona and “throwing the baby out with bathwater.”

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TOSH
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ALL THESE HAPPENING BKOZ OF THESE ANSAH

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Constitution constitution say
Now this is done by mwians and can be revaluated not just bcoz its done.
Bwanji okubawa amaba akudziwa kuti lamulo sililola?
Awa self imposed presdent.
I mean we are such dull that we cant see kuti tiolotse munthu akamamila olo kutengedwa ndi madzi just bcoz amati madzi ndioopsa!!
Stinky ideas

Maria
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Maria

Hear

Nambewe
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Nambewe

SONA?

Sona Moyo
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Sona Moyo

Is Mutharika addressing the Nation as what or as who? Teach me do we have the President in Malawi? This is a serious question, please educate me.

Biggie
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Biggie

The constitution allows that there be no vaccum….He was elected in just ended elections…. Was sworn in by the judiciary…..

Central
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Central

Nawenso ‘pumbwa’ iwe, he was not elected but imposed on us through “Tipp-Ex” by Jane…………..!! Elected? Fotseki zako Biggie wamvaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

Smart Aunt Sally
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The constitution allows you to exploit all loopholes and let criminals reap the rewards. If you do not like it, seek sanctuary in your religion…the opium of the masses.

Graham
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Graham

How do u expect a thief to assure Malawians on how to deal with rampant corruption when he is swimming in it? At 85 he is still thirsty for more and the young generations to come will have nothing but a dry country.

Malemu Professor Arthur P Stole K145 million
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Mr. Tippex president, how does it feel to steal at 80? This is how someone feels. At 80, the specter of dementia or stroke looms. A third of one’s contemporaries are dead, and many more, with profound mental or physical damage, are trapped in a tragic and minimal existence. At 80 the marks of decay are all too visible. One’s reactions are a little slower, names more frequently elude one, and one’s energies must be husbanded, but even so, one may often feel full of energy and life and not at all “old.”

Smart Aunt Sally
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I need more tippex.

Thengo
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It is good advice. But with the “palibe chikuchitika” disease, do you think the opposition is ready to embrace such level of clean politics for the betterment of the country? I feel currently, the biggest problem is the opposition.

Musundu
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Not tolerate such type of elections he has to go.He is illegitimate president.His DPP can be there for100yrs no aid tivutika ndife amumudzi.