Uladi rubbishes Chakwera response to Sona: ‘Malawi is not a problem state’

Salima south MP Uladi Mussa on Tuesday shook up the 193 strong House when he tore apart the Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera’s response to response to President PeterMutharika’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) themed We Have Delivered presented in Parliament on Friday.

Uladi: The ‘Change Goal’ politician says DPP government has not failed  miserably 

Chakwera  said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has “miserably failed” to deliver on its socio-economic promises to Malawians contrary to President Peter Mutharika’s claims.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader said the President was delusional in declaring that his DPP  had delivered on its party manifesto.

Instead, he described the Mutharika administration as nothing but a cancer that is hindering economic transformation.

However, Mussa said it was surprising that in his response, Chakwera deliberately ignored great strides the economy had registered including in forex.

“This government-the DPP led government, has done a lot, those with FDAs ( Foreign Denominated Accounts)  can agree with me,” he said.

Mussa’s 10 minute response was marred by interjections from the angry MCP legislators who tried to punch holes and discredit the facts he was giving.

He argued that Malawi is not a problem state, saying the nation has its challenges, but it is not a broken state as exaggerated by Chakwera.

Mussa defected to the ruling DPP from the opposition Peoples Party, a party that works with the opposition MCP in parliament.

Delivering his Sona address  Mutharika cited inflation figures, forex reserves and a new International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Credit Facility as a sign that his administration has improved the economy.

“Mr. Speaker, Sir, our macro-economic outlook is very bright. Nobody says we have achieved economic perfection. Nobody should say we don’t have challenges. But we agree that there is now a clear sense of economic direction and that we can count our achievements as a nation.

“In general, we have achieved macro-economic stability, inflation reduction and a rebound in economic growth.

“The International Monetary Fund has just given us a vote of confidence. This week, the IMF has approved a new Extended Credit Facility for the next three years. This means the IMF is satisfied with our economic management,” he said.

Mutharika also said the administration has constructed roads across the country and its efforts continue to be undermined by the severe effects of the Cashgate scandal of 2013.

The President further defended his government’s inability to handle the electricity crisis, saying the administration continues to work on improving the energy situation was neglected for years by previous governments.

The Malawi leader argued that with increased funding to bodies fighting corruption, his administration had also delivered on its promise to tackle the problem and said with a growing economy, there will be more funds available for social spending.

He threw at the House impressive economic figures that four years ago inflation was at 24 percent but now it is in single digits and that interest rates have dropped from 25 percent to 16 percent.

“We have taken our foreign currency import cover from the lowest point to the highest point in our economic history. From an import cover of below two months, our import cover now stands at 6 months. Our local currency is now stable and predictable,” boasted Mutharika.

He hastened to add that in four years, the DPP-led government has taken gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate from 2.4 per cent to projected growth of 4 percent this year.

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JOHN
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JOHN

A ULADI MUSSA, U MINISTER MWAUFUNITSITSA ETI? CHAKWERA DID NOT DELIVER SONA IT WAS PRESIDENT MUTHARIKA. SO YO SHOULD HAVE DIRECTED YOUR RESPONSE TO MUTHARIKA AND NOT WHAT CHAKWERA HAD SAID.

YOU SHOULD ALSO APPRECIATE THAT CHAKWERA IS THE LEADER OF OPPOSITION, AS SUCH, HE IS ENTITLES TO CRITICIZE. IF YOU WANT TO PRAISE MUTHARIKA, JUST PRAISE HIM SO THAT HE APPOINTS YOU INTO HIS CABINET.

DONT EXPECT CHAKWERA TO DELIVER HIS SPEECH AS IF HE WAS MGEME KALIRANI, DAUSI OR FRANCIS KATSAILA!

Hatton
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Hatton

Uladi, you are great! It was clear you were presenting your own speech. Others read speeches done by useless financial literacy teachers with failed businesses. Malawians know and avoid political parrots.

ade
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ade

If you want to know weather Uladi is sincere just go back to his responses to APM when he was PP acting president when JB was away .

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Malawi has never been a problem state; its the people like you Uladi that are a problem.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

What Uladi Mussa has just done is EXACTLY what APM means when he says “he will NEVER let POWER SLIP OFF DPP’s hands”. Forget claims of developments!!!
The strategy is LOOT state resources, then buys politicians like Uladi to be parading LIES and FAKE development projects that ddp has claims to have implemented (deliberately avoiding mentiong anything on their own MANIFESTO), DPP’s own benchmark of what they promised Malawians.
These are clear elements of CROOKED people. Anena ichi, kulonjedza icho, kungoputsitsa a Malawi basi.
SHAME on thieves!!!

Zam'tonda
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Zam'tonda

Hon Uladi Mussa has excess baggage. Look at his tenure at the ministry of internal affairs it’s only by fawning that the files that the state tools can throw into the toilet. Any misstep he will be commuting to the court every fortnight which won’t be easy for his campaign in the coming hustings. Please let this illiterate MP buy his salvation by sweet talking the DPP, let him temporarily win a”reprieve ” but this opportunist will never defang the law. From today Salima South constituency is on the political market it will be MCP property sorry bwana Mussa you’re… Read more »

wakiki
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wakiki

A corrupt dpp led government and a corrupt leader with a corrupt mps trying to lead a corrupt country. Malawi lets change and open our eyes

Lai - Cee
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Lai - Cee

Its so funny and pathetic to hear a normal human being with all functioning senses uttering such idiocy to the mass. I don’t know if the so called Mussa stays in Malawi or something…..He might be a problem causing more problems to the problematic Malawi. These are people who makes our country hell on earth. They dont face those challenges we face all because they’re embezzling money from government and trying to stay clean as if all is well. Mind you, there’s an all seeing eye above the cloud. I hate these dudes for sure. mxiiiiiiii

wodyazake akibe mulandu
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wodyazake akibe mulandu

Went for protection -not helping goverment

Spinoza
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It was very unrealistic for chakwera to say that after 4 yrs DPP government has completely done nothing good to the nation. Yes some problems are there but let’s not exaggerate too much. Peter has tried his part. Mukutiuza kuti achakwela mukanakhala inu pano tikufanana ndi south Africa pa chuma???

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Spinoza, you can’t thank a fish for swimming or a bird for flying. That’s what they do naturally. DPP has access to over MK1 trillion from taxpayers like you and me, to spend on developing Malawi. Of course any fool can spend the funds from the govt coffers, by constructing gravel roads, painting existing buildings etc (stupid projects). It takes a very progressive president and party to spend the same funds appropriately, in meaningful projects that make sense and are forward-looking. What Chakwera is raising is valid. The government has been spending these funds recklessly, with most of it going… Read more »

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