Presidential running mates tussle on debate:  ‘Malawi mining deals need to be fair’ 

Four presidential running mates on Thursday night took to the state at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) fielding questions from private owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) live on television and the public ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartte Elections.

Mwenifumbo: Paladin went away with our wealth

Initially the debate was scheduled to have five panellits on the podium but ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  running mate Everton Chimulirenji absconded.

Those who turned up were Sidik Mia of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Jerry Jana of People’s Party, Frank Mwenifumbo of United Democratic Front (UDF) and Micheal Usi of UTM.

Among the questions during the two and half hours debate centred on  mining, education and agriculture.

On  panellists agreed that the country was getting raw deal on its natural resources and called for transparency.

Usi said the problem has been that politicians on wrongful self-enrichment have been negotiating mining deals which should be the task of  professionals who understand mineral economics and can ably negotiate the contracts.

“Malawians should be told what is happening,” said Usi.

He added: “Malawi is for Malawians therefore any negotiation should be transparent that Malawians should know what is it that Malawians are going to benefit.”

MCP’s Mia  tackled the issue of  public discontent on the uranium mining deal at Kayelekera in Karonga —run by Paladin—where government only had a 15 percent stake in the mining contract.

Mia said “Malawi got a raw deal.”

UDF running mate and Karonga Central legislator Frank Mwenifumbo said Malawi deserves to get appropriate share in any mining contract because the country owns mineral resources available in her soils.

He said “issues of extarite industry is complex.”

Mwenifumbo said Paladin “took advantage” of abscevce of proper legislation and “went away with our wealth.”

He said now the country has legal instruments to regulate the mining sector.

Mwenefumbo ackowledged that communities are not benefiting because government is not reinforcing laws that say communities living 20km within the mine should get a percentage share of the revenue generated by the mine.

Blantyre-based political and social commentator  Humphreys Mvula observed that most of the panellist “seemed to have had no knowledge of the new [mining] laws except Frank Mwenifumbo.”

Critics say  few politicians are benefiting from Mining Contracts at the expense of local communities.

Economists say mining sector is currently contributing 10.8 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Malawi will also choose legislators and local representatives in the May 21  polls, which will see incumbent President Peter Mutharika  challenged by his deputy Saulos Chilima (UTM Party) opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera,  Atupele Muluzi of UDF who is serving as Minister of Health and former president Joyce Banda. There are also other four presidential pretenders in the race.

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Kholowa
Kholowa
2 years ago

Chimulilenji…..

Rex Msiska
Rex Msiska
2 years ago

What was the objective of this? What have malawians really gained from this. Mr Mvula was it necessary for you to be scoring the attendants?

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
2 years ago

Was good Chimulirenji run away he couldn’t stand the heat KKKKKKK We cant let this fool be our VP please..he will be an embarrassment!

Wiseman
Wiseman
2 years ago

Vice president is not an important position in Malawi, waiting for delegated tasks only. Apo bii kumangokhala phwiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Ida
Ida
2 years ago
Reply to  Wiseman

In the event of the President’s death or incapacitation the VP becomes the President remember

Wiseman
Wiseman
2 years ago

Since the multiparty democracy in Malawi can you point out one vice president who achieved anything in Malawi? Vice presidency is not an important position in Malawi. we can do without it. Delegated position basi, waste of tax payers money

Malume zavuta
Malume zavuta
2 years ago
Reply to  Wiseman

Joyce Banda became a President, are you Malawian?

Heavyduty
Heavyduty
2 years ago

Komatu the “headline” ya article iyi is not about who attended or not, how then the comments is about Chimulirenji? This then simply tell me kuti, you are fearing him very much. If it were not, you would not have been spending 100% of your time talking about him. YOU ARE SURELY NERVOUS with him.

CitizenX
CitizenX
2 years ago
Reply to  Heavyduty

ya but for now we are going to have fun first with this chitawilenji you fools chose as a running mate, kodi did you explain to him what running mate is all about coz it is not to run from things kkkkkkkkk and by the way where is he hiding because no one seems to know his where abouts

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