Mutharika’s ‘mis-titled’ address dominates Malawi media: Opposition hits at ‘Prince of Thieves’

Malawian newspapers on Tuesday November 14  feasted on the  reaction of  opposition leaders to President Peter Mutharika’s opening address to the 47th Session of Parliament  with Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president  Lazarous Chakwera hitting strongly on allegations of corruption and fraud  in government, saying  anybody who asks about them never gets a straight answer because the Mutharika  government effected its divorce from the truth the day it took office.

Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera: Mutharika has failed to demonstrate that he is not a Prince of Thieves presiding over a kleptocrcay

‘Broken promises’ read the bold headline in The Nation which reported that , opposition People’s Party (PP) leader in the House Ralph Mhone and Chakwera—who is also leader of opposition in Parliament—said the Mutharika administration has failed to fulfil the promises made during the 2014 elections campaign trail and in his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) manifesto.

In the speech, Chakwera branded DPP’s blueprint as a “manifesto of lies.”

The paper reported that Chakwera outlined the areas the Mutharika administration has failed including fighting corruption, failing to deliver and not fulfilling promises.

He said instead of addressing the frustration and outcry of Malawians, the President chose to proclaim an “imaginary litany of accomplishments that do not hold up under the scrutiny of basic and well-established facts”.

The paper quoted Chakwera: “His [the President’s] speech, mistitled Rising Above Macroeconomic Stability, will go down in our nation’s history as the latest in a series of missed opportunities to directly and honestly address the deepening plight and delayed aspirations of Malawians.

“And as I said, ignorance of a problem that is a matter of fact may be forgiven, but ignoring the problem you know is there cannot.”

He said the President cannot be trusted because all the promises he made have been broken—from the Electoral Reforms Bill to abolishing of the coupon system for redeeming inputs under the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) and subsidised cement and iron sheets, among others.

In its report, the paper also reported that PP’s  Mhone concurred with Chakwera that  the President “decided to crown his speech with a misplaced economic title Rising Above Macroeconomic Stability.”

Mhone, a practising lawyer, said: “We are saying the title is misplaced because our economy is yet to attain stability.”

He added that the President cited the decline in inflation and interest rates as an indication of economic stability, but failed to mention the real GDP (growth domestic product) growth in the past two years which on average were below 2.5 percent.

According to Mhone, Mutharika only cited a projection of 5.5 percent, whose realisation has already been threatened by the unprecedented power shortages and low farm produce prices.

Both parties have, therefore, said it is good for the President and the leadership to find new ways of improving the country’s economy as the current interventions have failed the country

The Daily Times takes the story further.

“Chakwera hits hard” was its headline where the paper highlighting what the leader of the opposition said branding the President  as “a Prince of Thieves” presiding over the most corrupt administration in recent history.

Mutharika “has failed to demonstrate that he is not a Prince of Thieves presiding over a kleptocrcay”, according to Chakwera, who was quoted by the paper.

The flagship daily added with an editorial comment to the opposition reaction.

‘Mutharika’s failing presidency’, the editorial comment said, describing Chakwera’s address as “scathing angry and fearless.”

The paper said Chakwera offered insights into a presidency that has run of ideas and is “slowly but surely, making a disappearing act.”

It called Mutharika leadership as a “rolling disaster” and that he has displayed “sheer incompetence.”

The editorial comment concluded with a deeper “moral” question to Mutharika’s supporters if they will continue to follow “a standard-earer who has allowed many to suffer untold miseries and fuelled corruption because of his ineptitude?”

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Comrade
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We cannot endure Mutharika’s leadership anymore, we cannot keep silent, change must come!!

Chilungamo Chimawawa
Guest

DPP government has failed us big time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jaja
Guest

Wakupha ndi wakuba akukanganilana fupa 2019 tikufuna Chicano chopanda banga DEPECO chipani chachiyamata khalamba ayi tatopa nazo DEPECO Criss Daza wachisozera osati khalamba zikungotukwanana

Jaja
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Old old DEPECO yiduseko 2019 DEPECO boma!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pension Nenereko
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Those on Chakwera are those Malawians who are used to be lied to. Paja a Malawi tidazolowera biting about the bush instead of calling a spade a spade. Those who call a spade a spade are branded otukwana. We are a bunch of creatures who cannot differentiate the RIGHT from the LEFT because we have been blinded by NEPOTISM

Gome
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Rising Above Macroeconomic Stability or Falling under macroeconomic stability

haward.maloni@yahoo.com
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A lazarus chatsika ndinu abodza ndipo mmene ndawonera comment yanuyi mukudyera limodzi ndalama zakuba za misonkho yathu. Zoti Chakwera wakutsegulani mmaso muwone patali kuti ena dzikoli akulidyera ndiye muziti kutukwana? Zopanda nzeru ndithu basi zakwana mwatengazo kapumeni tiwoneko zina 2019

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Mr Chakwera’s opposing speeches are cheap rhetorics to gain political mileage. One wonders whether he is a true leader or not because there is no paradgm shift in his speeches all the time. He is a centrist with market driven politics. Unfortunately,our media and some poltical analysists are busy churning out many misleading and confusing stories tipping Chakwera to take over after 2019 which is not true. Mind you politics is played by many but is understood by very few number. Surprises are along the curve. If you can remember in zambia, Anderson Mazoka was tipped to take over from… Read more »
yandula
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sceptist – you not saying anything new here – LC was speaking on behalf of malawians; not chipani!

lazarus chatsika
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Munthu akamakhalira kutukwana, kulalata, phudzo chilipo chikumutsata. Mark my words! What is even more bewildering munthuyo nkukhala Mbusa. Ndi zoopsa. The demon of bitterness, vulgarity, hatred and genocide has totally overpowered and overcome this debased pastor. Your reward is awaiting you, Sir. Mark my words! This is a simple principle of life. Even Ababa John Tembo never went that low in politics.

AAlex
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Awaso awa.. Ma ban mutsamwa nawo mukulandilawo..

Minority vote president
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Minority vote president

Facts on the ground Man

Ife ndife a Malawi
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Go to hell with your failed president. Are you that much blind to see and feel the suffering caused by this ‘thievery govt’, or youre one among them

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