President Mutharika putting Malawi first, says MP Mtonga: ‘God-sent visionary leader’

Karonga South Member of Parliament (MP) Malani Mtonga (People’s Party-PP) made a rare praise of  President Peter Mutharika in Parliament saying he  was a “God-sent leader” who his visionary to develop Malawi beyond recognition.

MP Mtonga : Mutharika is a man of vision

“Let me thank God for giving us leaders in Malawi at such times like this.  The President, you as the Speaker of this House from Karonga Nyungwe and the Chief Justice Nyirenda from Usisya, taking these high offices of leadership is something that people of Karonga also appreciate. They do appreciate because you are visionary leaders.  It is very important to note that you are not there on your own but it was the finger of God that pointed you.  When God’s finger is upon you, no man, no devil and no hell can remove you,” said Mtonga who is also a preacher and former religious adviser to late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

Mtonga cited the Holy Bible that “where there is no vision, people perish,” saying  President  Mutharika  had a vision o ensure food security when he said that no one is going to die of hunger in Malawi.

“Mr Speaker, Sir, in this House, we stood and said we should sell maize outside the country. It was an element of lack of vision that we were showing by asking the State President to sell maize outside because by now, we could have been in problems,” he said.

Mtonga said Mutharika’s visionary leadership  had that foresight to see that at such a time like this, Malawi will need maize.

“Those with vision are people who put the nation like Malawi first unlike those without the vision who put their own needs and interest first. We see the President putting Malawi first because we have seen a number of things that are happening,” he said.

But Mtonga’s statement attracted point of order from Rumphi East MP Kamlepo Kalua (PP) who asked why  Church and Bible issues are being discussed  instead of Mid-Term Budget Review Statement.

And Lilongwe North East MP Maxwell Thyolera  of Malawi Congress Party (MCP)also asked if it is in order for Mtonga  to “ insinuate that telling people to grow enough maize, keep some for consumption and sell the surplus is lack of vision?”

He said : “ This is so because even our extension workers tell farmers to grow more maize and keep enough for consumption and sell the surplus. The same applies to a country when it has enough food and the surplus is sold to other countries.  Is that lack of vision?  “

But Speaker Richard Msowoya said  he is not a development economist and that Mtonga could  be speaking “from the point of view of his professional upbringing.  I would not argue.”

Continuing with his remarks, Mtonga said without vision one  cannot see that the construction projects like  Nkhata Bay Road, Rumphi-Hewe Road, and the Njakwa-Livingstonia.

Another MCP legislator, Juliana Lunguzi of Dedza East also stood to seek  “clarification.”

She asked: “ Is he talking about ‘vision’ to see or ‘vision’ to foresee because he may be confusing the two.  Which vision is he talking about?  This is so because talking of the Nkhata Bay Road, one would use ‘vision’ as in what you see and not the other way round. So, which is which?”

And Richard Chimwendo Banda MCP MP for Dowa East asked if it was in order for Mtonga  to  “contradict” with the Minister of Transport and Public Works  Jappie Mhango who talked about mobilising resources and contractors for the Rumphi-Hewe Road  and yet the MP is saying  the road is under construction.

“ Who should we listen to, the Minister or the man with a vision? “ asked Chmwendo Banda.

The Speaker said: “I think, here you must listen to the man with a vision because in this particular case the vision is looking forward and that is what the Minister said; they are mobilising.”

But PP’s Mzimba South MP, Maquenda Chunga, said he was “surprised” that legislators were “despising the man of God.”

He said:  “The bible says; do not despise the man of God, otherwise you will perish.  Therefore, I just want to remind the man of God that the Jenda-Edengeni Road should also be put on the list too because he has visions and dreams.”

Speaker ruled Chunga out of order, saying  the august House has “ Honourable Members of Parliament and not men of God. “

Continuing with his contribution, Mtonga said Chunga has got a vision and is  able to see that the Jenda-Edingeni Road is among the infrastructural developments to be carried out by the Mutharika administration.

“Mr Speaker, Sir, without a vision you cannot see that the Liwonde-Mangochi and Chingale roads are under construction and if you cannot see it now it is because of lack of vision.

“Mr Speaker, Sir, it is only lack of vision when you put your interest first at the expense of other people’s interest more especially when you begin to refuse others of what they are supposed to get. For instance, people of my constituency have been crying all along for water and under this visionary leadership of Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika donors made sure that water should be provided to the people of Bundi, Hangarawe and Rozya. And without vision, somebody came here and said, no, to water for the people of Karonga, especially Hangarawe, Bundi and Khwawa. Therefore, people of Karonga South are in need of water and it is our hope that through this visionary leadership under Professor Author Peter Mutharika our wish is going to be fulfilled,” said Mtonga.

Mtonga said he asked government  to provide electricity in his Karonga South  constituency and thanked the Mutharika administration  for providing electricity at Rozya, Khwawa and Hangarawe.

“As I am talking, they are busy putting poles to put more electricity at Thunduti going to Fuliwa and this is undeniable work of a visionary leader.,” he said.

He prayed  that people of Karonga are provided with a community day secondary at Chankhalonde asked  government to consider gravelling a road from Uliwa via Mabalani to Jiti.

“I would like to pray that this visionary leadership of the Professor Peter Mutharika will continue and move on to take out Malawi from the deep poverty levels that we are in, as of now,” said Mtonga.

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Gawa
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Gawa

Another idiot

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Central

A small lecture to Malani Mtonga: 1. Leaders who can’t see it, probably won’t find it – A leader’s job is to align a country around a clear and achievable vision. Is this happening in Malawi. Sincerely the above cannot occur when the blind in DPP and PP are leading the blind followers. 2. When leaders fail to lead themselves, as is the case of Goodall, Nankhumwa, Chaponda (worse still since ministers are delegated and do everything on bahalf of president then APM is part of it) they can not lead others: A leader who lacks character or integrity like… Read more »

Omex70
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Omex70

One of the useless MPs in our August house. He has started praise singing because he is looking for ministerial position as he knows that the probability of coming back to parliament in 2019 is very slim. Akufuna adyeretu uyu.

Zude
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Zude

Useless Mp.Great Carol Matewere for me.

HoRror
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HoRror

The problem of being led by Analogue leaders in a Digital world… I see nothing extraordinary happening in my beloved country… people are suffering.. but politician do not see it.. working class akhukhalira salary advance n katapira to make ends meet.. with our stagnant salaries its close to impossible to make any tangible developments.. yet wina azitii fwefwefwe… poor farmers are struggling… ndiye mziti fweefweee…see what other countries countries are doing..

Malawi@Crossroads
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The fact of the matter is that Malawi is currently the poorest country in the world with no “vision” to take itself out of it. In fact with leaders like you Honourable Malani Mtonga Malawi is doomed. If what you have in front of you is visionary leadership then we are all dead. I can only only describe your parliamentary submission as singing for your supper. This is purely politics of the stomach. I wouldn’t describe you as honourable given that we all know you better. #DzukaniAmalawi.

Wa Mwale
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Wa Mwale

Azibusa a DPP ayaka moto Ku Parliament kuchemerela muthalika

Wa Mwale
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Wa Mwale

What my onetime hero man of God has fallen? Sometimes this is why I hate Pastors from getting into politics, when they fail to live like the way some like Daniel and his friends did, they fall shamelessly one of them is this one Rev Mtonga. Do you real know what God-sent leader does? Why abusing the standards of the Bible for your personal gain?

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Octopus

Where there’s no vision people perish indeed. Just like in Malawi, people are perishing in hospitals because of lack of drugs, in villages because of dire poverty, too many accidents due to poorly constructed roads and very mediocre standards of education resulting in a nation whose citizens are brainwashed just like you Malawi Mtonga who has now turned into a handicapper, bootlicker, sycophant & clueless. All you want now is a cabinet position or some post to dislodge the current advisor to the president on religious affairs….ukufuna udyeretu knowing very well that the days for dpp in government are numbered.… Read more »

Choka
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Choka

What a useless bootlicker! With such kind of MPs the country cannot develop. The love of money is indeed the root of all evil. This man can say anything for money including praising a failed so called president.

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