Parliamentarians from the northern region are going to hold a press briefing to express their dismay over government’s distribution of various development projects that are going to be funded by the Chinese government, Nyasa Times has learnt.
The seven projects, pegged at a whooping K1.3 million dollars, include the construction of Chileka International in the commercial capital Blantyre.
One Member of Parliament (MP) said the press briefing would be “held during the first week” of the next session of the national assembly which reconvenes from tomorrow[Friday].
“We want to express as our reservations,” said the MP who refused that we publish his name. “What government has done has been unfair to us and actually is an insult to all of us who come from the northern region.”
The legislator could not say whether their colleagues from the government side would be part of the presser.
“We’ve extended an invitation to them, and we hope they should take heed of it so that we work in unison,” he said.
Government spokesperson and information minister Jappie Mhango, who also comes from the northern region, was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.
But he told local press last week that government was “justified” with the distribution of the projects.
Commentators have bashed government especially Pres Peter Mutharika for the “unfair distribution.”
Mutharika comes from the southern region tea growing district of Thyolo.
Political commentator and former Alliance for Democracy (Aford) secretary general Dan Msowoya had told Nyasa Times that the northern region had been “deprived.”
Msowoya, also a spokesperson for a forum that is advocating for a federal system of government in Malawi, added the distribution “justified” their calls that the country should “let go the present unitary system of government.”
He had described it as system that was letting Malawi “down” both socially and economically.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :