Nankhumwa says DPP will not take Malawians for granted: Outlines vision, hails  Mutharika

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development  has  appealed to Malawians to trust the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government because it has the best laid out plans to continue developing this country.

Nankhumwa: I am deeply indebted to President Mutharika for showing so much faith in me

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times in Lilongwe on Sunday, June 23, 2019, Nankhumwa said under the visionary leadership of President Peter Mutharika, this country is set to develop to higher levels, socially and economically, based on DPP government’s past performance and what the President outlined in State of the Nation Address when he opened the sitting of Parliament on last Friday.

Following his appointment as Agriculture Minister as well as Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Nankhumwa thanked President Mutharika for yet again entrusting him with these responsibilities, promising not to fail the President and the country.

“I am deeply indebted to President Mutharika for showing so much faith in me to serve in these two roles: first as Minister of Agriculture and secondly as Leader of Government Business in Parliament,” he said.

“You know the economy of this country is agro-based, meaning it relies heavily on agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture is key in sustaining the wheels of our economy from a production perspective.

“I will  ensure that we have a good vision for this ministry and also that we engage all partners so that there is adequate  food security in this country at household level and also enough  surplus for commercial purposes,” said Nankhumwa.

He said that as Leader of the House, he will ensure that there is unity of purpose on both sides of the isle, government and opposition, to ensure that politics does not boggle down important business in the House.

“I am glad that most parliamentarians have returned to Parliament, and congratulations to them, but I am also aware that others are new and that has a tendency to erode the institutional memory of the august House. This needs concerted efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that all members are up to speed with parliamentary procedures and that Parliament is fully functioning and professionally discharging its legislative, oversight and representation duties.

“I am glad that we have some of the most motivated minds at the moment both in Parliament and outside who are willing to be involved and I am positive that soon, we will be on a good road,” added Nankhumwa.

He reiterated what President Mutharika said about all Cabinet Ministers being equal saying that would help to promote team work, and ensure that the Cabinet is result oriented. He said he, and Cabinet colleagues are more than ready to deliver a government for the people and one which responds to the detailed requirements of common Malawians.

“As you know, our DPP has just been given another mandate to govern for the next five years and this underlines the trust that Malawians have in our performance.  However, that should not make us to be complacent or to take the people for granted. Instead, we must redouble our efforts; to invest fully in uplifting of the socioeconomic status of the people,” said Nankhumwa.

“I have worked with almost all my Cabinet colleagues. I absolutely don’t have any doubt about their abilities, and I know together we will deliver a people’s government, which will comprehensively and sustainably respond to the daily requirements of Malawians. Some of us are relatively younger in terms of age and experience, but we are privileged because we will be able to tap from the experience of our more experienced colleagues,” he said.

The Mulanje Central legislator said politics being what it is, cannot just be a stroll in the park, and said he expects that there will also be differences of opinion among themselves, which he said is healthy.

He said what is imperative is teamwork and focus to ensure that the laid down objectives are attained and sustained.

Nankhumwa said this country is at a critical juncture on its social and economic development path and that it is crucial that those that are appointed to serve in critical positions such as Cabinet Ministers understand that theirs is a higher calling to be servants of the people, and to always put national interests ahead of their personal interests.

“Experience has taught us that many duty bearers are easily swayed from their terms of reference due to the effects of power, but that is exactly what we should try to resist as Ministers. I believe we can do that; I believe we will do it,” he said.

Nankhumwa’s unifying and reasonable voice may prove extremely important at this crucial moment when this country is going through some turbulent political times following the disputed May 21 tripartite elections.

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Malawians open up your eyes! I for one strongly believe that Kondwani Nankhumwa has been sent to agriculture to milk the World Bank funded agriculture commercialization project money [$95 million, almost K76 billion] that his brother Teddie Nankhumwa has been contracted to head………………………..!! This is a strategic arrangement and movement……………………….!

MwiniMunda
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MwiniMunda

Nankhumwa, you are an absolute liar. DPP is the worst entity to have ever existed in Malawi which is taking Malawians for fools. The corruption happening at Safe Motherhood, MERA, NOCMA are just few examples of the many. Look at what NOCMA and MERA are doing now, giving transportation contracts to foreigners like Tanzanians to transport Malawian fuel, ignoring Malawian transporters who most are closing down businesses. Some big cats in DPP government are getting millions of dollars in bribes from Tanzanians in order give them those contracts. DPP must go. What kind of economics is that? There are just… Read more »

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

Eeeeee. We are tired of DPP pliz. Save us from this nonsense. If there is nothing to write about…..it’s better you give us a blank page. We care less about this satanic government full of thieves, crooks. God burn them right here on Earth and they must never see heaven!!!!! They are torturing us. Save us in whatever way you can Lord. Amen.

Toka
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Toka

Wait for court Mr. Nakhumwa. Soon this govt is going bcoz court will order for a rerun. Osatha mawu.

Childrenata
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Childrenata

Why do media such as Nyasa Times bother interviewing chaff? And don’t you have competent personnel to conduct such if you have nothing else to offer readers? Why didn’t the interviewer remind the respondent of the DPP ills that affected agriculture in Malawi to the detriment of household food security and agro-based export base? Why should Nyasa Times use their time and resources celebrate thieves and murders in their media outlets? Disappointed with you!

BigMan
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BigMan

nobody cares Mr Nankhumwa, your government is illegitimate.

Ntumbuka Mwenecho
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Ntumbuka Mwenecho

Congratulations Honourable Minister and Leader of the House. This message is clear and best wishes as you deliver. Do not listen to your detractors.

Tariq
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Tariq

Zitsilu zakuba izi

Phingo Walusa
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Phingo Walusa

Visionary leadership yakupha anthu achialubino? Yakuba MK145m mkumati sikuba mmaso muli gwaa? Yopanga manipulate laws and procedures kuti ziwakomere? and above all yobera mavoti mpaka ndi tippex? Which malawians you will not take for granted, and, how? by priotizing construction of stadiums when collapsing school blocks are killing kids? by cheating them that you subsidize farm inputs while you pocket 70% of the allocation? by diverting monies meant for construction projects into your pockets and give substandard work? You mean we can be fooled to think alomwe agawana mipando in all ministries, departments and parastatals and things will change? Kumpheto… Read more »

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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

Should we trust you this time?