Opposition parties fault Malawi‘copy and paste lockdown’

Major opposition parties in the country have accused the government of what they say copy and paste lockdown to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), saying this would hurt the majority Malawians who erk a living from day to day.

UTM’s Chidanti Malunga and MCP’s Ezekiel Ching’oma: We need our own home grown measures

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Reverend Maurice Munthali said the lockdown, which takes effect from Saturday midnight, will have severe knock out effect on poor families which rely on daily piece work’s for their daily meal.

“The government needed to consult widely on the matter. They should not have copied and pasted this lockdown without examining its implications,” said Munthali.

Munthali said the lockdown cannot work in what he said subsistence economy like that of Malawi.

UTM Party spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga said the government should have chosen rights measures to prevent the coronavirus.

“Different countries apply different measures. We need our own home grown measures,” he said.

Malawi, which has 16 cases of the coronavirus disease and registered two deaths, s announced a three-week lockdown, joining other southern African countries like South Africa, Angola and Zimbabwe which have previously announced full or partial lockdowns.

Minister of Health and Population Jappie Mhango said the lockdown will be in effect from April 18 to May 9, adding that all non-essential businesses would close and services would stop.

President Peter Mutharika in his national address on Tuesday evening said the country should unite to fight the invisible enemy Covid-19 like a war, which he said is expensive.

“If [we are] not careful, Malawi could lose up to 50,000 lives from COVID-19 [the disease caused by the new coronavirus],” Mutharika said.

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Citizen Number 1
Citizen Number 1
10 months ago

Malawi could lose even more than 50,000 because of APM’s cluelessness, diverting funds meant for Covid-19 fight towards bribes and funding BEAM activities.

Adam, the wise man
Adam, the wise man
10 months ago

Copy and Paste is okay if what is being copied is good. Again, this Corona Virus is no joking matter and the government is right to move expeditiously in the fight against it. Few governments around the world can afford not to Copy and Paste as we all learn from each other. The opposition’s position here is not okay

Naruto
10 months ago

The funny thing is that according to projections lilongwe will be worst hit by corona.lets see if chakwera will come to ur aid.

Banda
Banda
10 months ago

Lockdown to commence Sunday morning

nyopani
nyopani
10 months ago

ADADI MWINA AKWATEKO KKKKKK . ANA AKUNGOWACHINDIRA. Lockdown kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Wakwithu
Wakwithu
10 months ago

What can we expect from this fake president and his clueless govt? Covid19 is horrible yes but you don’t do it like is happening here. Public health facilities across the country are I’ll equipped for the crisis and therefore it is as good as having no prevention measures. Imagine APM grabbing a ventilator from QECH to have it at sanjika.
Don’t tell us people in USA are dying en masse because we know already. The biggest challenge we have in this serious crisis in the country is the headless chicken leadership at the top😖😖😖

Wake Up
Wake Up
10 months ago

MCP & UTM you have no clue what Corona 19 Virus is. Government is not cutting and pasting any policy. What government doing is following guidelines set by WHO and which every country all over the world are following, Chakwera should know better having lived in USA the measures which the US government has introduced there. Stop being cry babies and wake up otherwise your greed for power will kill thousands of Malawians. So do not mislead Malawians. You are the first to go around wearing Face Maskwhich 95% of Malawians are without and cannot afford. Wake up. Kwacha. It… Read more »

Laston mmanga
10 months ago
Reply to  Wake Up

Yes

m'goloso
10 months ago
Reply to  Laston mmanga

za ziiiiii,utakhuta mmenemo

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
10 months ago

Rubbish ideas. Check on your tv and see how people are being burried in USA for not following the rules of lockdown. This is not the time for politics. Respect your selfs please

Real Northerner
Real Northerner
10 months ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Ma cadet inu. Your comment is based on CADEITISH and nothing. What measures has your so called president put in place.

COVID 23
COVID 23
10 months ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Have you properly understood what they are saying? Home grown ideas that suit our situation is what is being asked of this government. Those who live in “glass” houses can afford this lockdown

Icefloe1
Icefloe1
10 months ago

MCP AND UTM WHAT A NONSENSE, DON’T YOU SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD.

YOU THINK CORONAVIRUS IS A JOKE AND PLEASE DON’T POLITICIZE THIS IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY JUST #SHUT UP.

Libra
Libra
10 months ago
Reply to  Icefloe1

Indeed we see what is happening around the world, countries enforcing lockdowns are able to assist the needy and are able to implement a lockdown…not just using the phrase without knowing the implications or how to implement

nyopani
nyopani
10 months ago
Reply to  Icefloe1

so what have you done you idiot

Bolero
Bolero
10 months ago
Reply to  Icefloe1

Koma ndiye mwagundika kususa chilichonse. Kenako muyamba kususanso kuti kupambukira ku chimbuzi sikwabwino.

N one
10 months ago

Indeed. We need a home grown covid-19. This one is foreign. Someone at CoM may help.

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