Whether some like it or not, MPs housing project will proceed – Kazako

Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Gospel Kazako says the nine-party Tonse Alliance administration led by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) will proceed with  its plans to construct houses for members of parliament  in all 193 constituencies whether some people like it or not.

Kazako: Government will proceed to construct MPs houses

The plans were announced by President Lazarus Chakwera in his State of the Nation Address (Sona)  address last Friday.

However, opposition in parliament and some commentators have spoken against the move, saying prioritize construction of houses for teachers, health workers and security agents rather than moving to construct MPs houses.

Social and political commentator Stanley Onjezani Kenani has observed: “Building houses for MPs is not a priority right now, and there is no other way to put it. We have many priorities as a country, far more critical than houses for MPs.”

Kenani pointed out that the mess in the country’s education and health system alone would take years to resolve.

“Then there is the transport infrastructure that waits funding – anybody who has read the National Transport Master Plan will know this. Ports on Lake Malawi long decayed. Railways are as good as dead – save for the track by Vale. With tobacco on its deathbed the rural economy is dead and we urgently need a solution to help our farmers.

“Amidst all that, our President thinks that what us more pressing is the need for MPs to have their own houses or offices or whatever you call them. Right in his very first ever budget!” wrote Kenani.

But Kazako, who is government spokesperson, said the housing project for MPs will help government save on expenditure in the long run.

“This will save money, billions of billions of kwacha are spend on allowances for MPs accommodation,” said Kazako.

He said the project will proceed.

However, Kenani pointed out that the biggest mistake the country will make is to think that whatever the President does or say is right and sacrosanct.

Meanwhile, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) MP for Ntchisi South Ulemu Chilapondwa has condemned those that are objecting the MPs housing project calling them hypocrites.

Chilapondwa said those objecting the housing project, particularly MPs, should stop getting the accommodation allowances if they are serious about prioritizing the welfare of people in constituencies.

He said the country needs the houses as they are permanent structures and will serve MPs for a long period of time and in turn help government save on accommodation allowances for MPs.

Rumphi West Independent MP Yona Mkandawire says government is spending about K2.3 billion a year in accommodation for MPs hence the need for construction of houses for the MPs.

The new administration was ushered in following its triumph in the court-ordered June 23 Fresh Presidential Election.

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Concerned citizen
9 months ago

I thought before you build a house, you generate the money to buy the materials first. We should priorities production as opposed to consumption. Points to an underlying problem.

Medson
Medson
9 months ago

Ku votera mbuzi zimatero
Mbombera university mzuzu airport,Road mtwalo to Euthin, university fees affordable
All this is out on the card
Shame abusa
On top mk14,000 passport
No where to be heard

Yeremiya
Yeremiya
9 months ago

Signs and symptoms of a one term government!

chimbirajembe
9 months ago

Mr Kazako, This is tax payers money, and you have clearly seen that Malawi’s priority cannot be houses for MPs. There are several problems in Malawi which need government attention. Do you think MPs do not have houses for them to have these houses built for them? And you have the audacity to tell Malawians that regardless of their opinions, the houses will be built, really? Is this a listening government anymore?

Sam
Sam
9 months ago
Reply to  chimbirajembe

This government is fast becoming idiotic. If Chakwera is serious about changing the governance culture, he should fire this spokesman. Where is the HRDC and other pressure groups.

Mwini muzi
9 months ago

When Sean Kampondeni said that the funding for the construction of the houses will come from an investor, he left us wondering the logic behind this. Why an investor and who is that investor? Does this mean the investor will have to lease the houses to Malawi government? Does it further mean that the MPs’ allowances will be diverted to monthly rentals to the investor and if so, how long would this take? Iam asking these many questions because of the manner in which the information minister has rudely responded to the concerns raised by the Malawians.Something fishy worthy probing.

Janti
Janti
9 months ago

Out of all the projects Malawi can benefit from, MP houses really!? Sit down and think b4 you utter rubbish.

Mofolo
Mofolo
9 months ago

Chakwera is dumb for President. Already going in the wrong direction and in a lightening speed. Houses for MPs have never been a priority in Malawi since independence. Drop this bullshit

Chigawa
Chigawa
9 months ago

Corruption rules. There is money to be made for Chakwera in houses for MP’s. Payback for blind support for MCP amongst its MP’s. Question not Chakwera’s decision or else MYP will surly visit you with their ‘chibongas’ and machetes. Keep quite to live longer.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

ok tamva. kodi a minister of Health acita kale kufukufuku kuona zosowekela ndicani mu zipatalamu???? the whole regional referral hosputal no enough equipment to cater for tests . therefore kumangopeleka mankhwala on assumptions .tingoti Mulungu amatikonda. a Mw ambilife ma antibiotic ena anasiya kalekale kugwila ncito mmatupi mwathumu. I mean Blood measuring equipment. khaya amati blood cultures!! ku Queens kulibe cida cimeneci. tizagulilidwa akamanga nyumba za ma MP ? scan machine anakaisungitsa a boma la dzana aja sanaole koma.Tijudule kaye izi. ma MP amangokhala ali bakhalibakhali yandayanda sitimaona cocitika cao aliyese ndi mboni. amakangosokosola ku parluament. kumangokuwa bambo cikulukulu ana… Read more »

Moses Jimmy
Moses Jimmy
9 months ago

Manyumba 193 plus ma office? Uku ndiko timati kuzungulila mutu. Zachidziwikileso kuti ma billion amenewa ndi ngongole zimene amalawi adzayenera kubweza kwa zaka zochuluka. Ndikunenapano tilikale ndi ma trillion oyenera kubwezedwa ku maiko osiyana siyana. So when we are saying ma nyumba a ma mp is not a priority right now inu nkumayankha motumbwa kwa amalawi kuti kaya tifune kaya tisafune inu ndi azaya kunkhongo, zayekha, samva nkunkhu kaya puludzu. Mukutemetsa nkhwangwa pamwala. Dziwanitu kuti anthu amafika potopa. Tafufuzani kuti ndi maiko angati amene amamangila ma nyumba ma mp. Take Rwanda as a role model. Dzikoli nlatose tamavaniko za anzanu.… Read more »

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