Nankhumwa preaches to Chakwera in Sona response: ‘You will not prevail against God’

Leader of opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa said unlike President Lazarus Chakwera who as opposition leader used the Parliamentary podium to attack the country’s leadership, he vowed that he will not attack personalities because he is not used to that.

Leader of opposition Nankhumwa: We shall not fear

Nankhumwa was speaking in Parliament on Monday when he was giving an official response to the President’s State of the nation address (Sona) delivered in the House on Friday.

The opposition leader, who is also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  vice-president for  South,  cautioned  President Chakwera and his government to “tread carefully on wanton firing, redeployment and arrests of innocent and qualified public sector employees for the simple sin that they are sympathetic to the DPP.”

He accused the Chakwera government of sacking a number of Principal secretaries without justification.

“This is uncalled for, retrogressive and anti-development,” he said.

Nankhumwa mentioned a number of PSs that have been redeployed for what he called “no apparent reason except that they are perceived to be DPP sympathizers.”

Among them, he said were; Stuart Ligomeka (from Statutory Corporations to OPC Special Duties), Sungani Mandala (from Accountant General to OPC Special Duties), Ben Botolo (from Foreign Affairs to OPC Special Duties), Hillalio Chimota (from Department of Human Resource to OPC Special Duties), Gertrude Hiwa (from Solicitor General to OPC Special Duties) and   Grey Nyandule Phiri (from Agriculture to OPC Special Duties).

Others he said are;  Justin Saidi  (from Education to OPC Special Duties), Joseph Mwandidya (  removed as PS Lands), Kisswell Dakamau (removed as PS Industry), Macford  Somanje (removed as head of National Registration Bureau ), Wilson Moleni , Elvis Thodi (PS Energy ) and Dr Dan Namarika  removed as PS for Health.

“It is my sincere hope that the President will soon take heed of a strong legal advice by the Attorney General Dr Chikosa Silungwe that these willy-nilly transfers and dismissals shall soon backfire and cost more poor Malawians as taxpayers,” said Nankhumwa attracting applause for Silungwe from opposition lawmakers.

Nankhumwa also revealed that Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje have not yet received letters of appointment from the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) as demanded by public employment conditions, yet their colleagues from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and other parties have received their letters of appointment.

Then Nankhumwa, who likes quoting the Bible, gave a sermon of response to the Sona by warning President Chakwera to stop attacking DPP members.

He reminded Chakwera, an Evangelical and former preacher,  the scriptures.

“Saul planned to kill David, but he was the first to die before David; Jezebel planned to kill Elijah, but God took him and Jezebel died and was eaten by dogs; Haman planned to hang Mordecai, but he ended up being hanged himself;

“Governors and Satraps in Babylon plotted that Daniel must be eaten by the lions, but they ended up being eaten themselves;   Judas planned to kill Jesus, but Judas was the one who died first before Jesus; and Herod the great planned to kill Jesus but he was the first to die,” said Nankhumwa.

The opposition leader continued: “We shall not fear those who plan against our lives because we are aware that there is God in Heaven who has our days recorded in His book.

“We are aware that the devil shall come like a flood but the Spirit of the Lord shall rise up the banner to stop him. Our enemies shall come from one direction but they shall run away in seven directions. We belong to the Highest God and we do not need to be dismayed or confused.”

Nankhumwa said: “If you attack us, you attack God and therefore you will not prevail against God.

“For my fellow DPP and UDF members, I say please take comfort in the word of God from the Bible, Joshua Chapter 1 verse 9 and I quote: ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’”

Members from the government side  reacted angrily to some of the comments by Nankhumwa  and they have ganged up in tearing apart  the leader of opposition’s response with some bringing in personal attacks, accusing the DPP  parliamentary leader of carrying a gun “to terrorise President Chakwera” during the opening of Parliament on Friday.

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mtete
mtete
9 months ago

All those transferred to OPC were planted in their positions to assist in the plunder of taxpayers money and to ensure no one other than Lhomwe/Mulakho gets top positions in the civil service or Statutory Bodies. Have you seen how institutions like MACRA MERA ESCOM Water Boards etc are infested with unqualified personnel? Bwana Nankhumwa, himself party to fleecing parastatals, should know that this is part of the cleaning excercise the Tonse Alliance undertook to do. My understanding is that the SONA outlines what is planned to be done in the coming five years. It does not contain specifics, otherwise… Read more »

msundwe
msundwe
9 months ago

kodi George Nayeja akuyembekezera nyasi zomwe DPP yasiya m’boma 6 yrs chakwera azipange clear 2 months? Akufunika 12 months ya tunthu yongomanga kaye mbava zomse then azayambe kulongosola zinthu. Mzako ndi uyu Godfrey Masina anali ku MACRA

President Chisokonezo
9 months ago

But civil servants are supposed to be impartial.

Medson
Medson
9 months ago

Hahahaha SONA full of nyenkhwe
I was expecting to hear fertilizer passport water electricity all are down.
From the state house to parliament story only about Nundwe.
Shame on you Abusa.

mtete
mtete
9 months ago
Reply to  Medson

Ofcource that’s what you were expecting, not most Malawians.

Atokwene
Atokwene
9 months ago

That was SONA address itself. Lazaro Chakwera has started a sad note. He has been schooled on the state of the Nation . Fertilizer still 23,000 kwacha, Passport at 90,000kwacha instead of 14000 kwacha as promised by SKC. Our children still loitering in the streets with degrees looking for jobs. Water and Electricity connection fees still there and difficult to get assisted than before. Lazaro ankayesa phada kuyendetsa boma lero ma Judge anakuikani pa mpando mwa chinyengo ndiye muzioona . I I am happy to hear that Lazaro himself admiited that judges are corrupt just is as the Legislature and… Read more »

mimu
9 months ago
Reply to  Atokwene

eee koma o chakwera/ochilima munalonjeza zoposa nthumba la Malawi.tikudikira tax bracket ya 150000 with arrears from July 2020,that should be prioritised

Mphatso M
Mphatso M
9 months ago

Hahahaha! Kondwani, you never cease to amaze me ( in a negative way, that is). You are a joker, or perhaps an imbecile. How dare you? All of thos quotations you took from the Bible were supposed to be read and directed to Arthur Peter Mutharika. They are the exact references for APM ( your President, not our Tonse Alliance government leader). Considering that APM, while he was just titivating in the State House, wanted to send our Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda to an early and forced retirement, and subsequently, he himself (APM) tasted his own salt at the end.… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Mphatso M
SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
9 months ago

What about Lomwelisation? Are you clean yourself???

Kharupa
9 months ago

Well done Nankhumwa. Please continue teaching this judicial-coup president how to run government.

msundwe
msundwe
9 months ago
Reply to  Kharupa

Muchira koma mochedwa

Gerald Chiweza
9 months ago

You would have talked sense. In your government you fired who ever you wanted to. You have seen how painful it is now. They are supposed to be removed so that they should not frustrate government developments. Joice Banda did not fire such and they are the ones you used in 2014 to steal elections victory. You won’t do the same in 2025.

Amadeus
9 months ago

Excellent rhetorical response. What perhaps kills everything in it is the conclusion which refers to the failures of DPP which are unrealistically expected to have been addressed in three months. The reference to scripture is even worse as it refers more to the character of DPP than the new government. And the constant insistence on details in SONA on how to implement plans is uncalled for as SONA is not supposed to be a marshal plan but an outline of policy direction.

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