YAS condemns State House beer parties: ‘Malawi youth need jobs, better education, and economic empowerment’

Mzuzu-based Youth and Society executive director Charles Kajoloweka has accused President Peter Mutharika of being insensitive to genuine needs of the youth for organising beer parties for youth at State House and giving cash handouts.

Mutharika on Tuesday treated vendors to a beer party at Mzuzu State Lodge.

Kajoloweka condemnation comes after reports that President Mutharika on Tuesday treated vendors to a beer party at Mzuzu State Lodge where there was opaque beer, wine and other brands of alcoholic drinks, with each of the 1 200 youths given K15 000 each – about K18 million was spent.

In May this year, President Mutharika also hosted university students at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where he feasted with them and splashed out K24 million cash handout.

At least 1200 students enjoyed the windfall and got K20 000 each.

When United Transformation Movement (UTM) was being launched at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) organised a beer party at Chichiri Upper Stadium.

Reacting to the development, Kajoloweka branded the beer parties as an embarrassment to the nation, saying instead of promoting development the President is abusing the youth with beer.

“The youth need jobs, better education, good business environment and developments that would help transform their lives. It is embarrassing that the President continues to organise such parties,” said Kajoloweka.

He continued: “Actually, I am not surprised that he is behaving in that manner because he is a president that has not contributed to youth development.”

Presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani confirmed the event but was non committal on the binge drinking with the President.

Kalilani said he could not comment on the beer drinking of the youth “after the function.”

But DPP director of youth (North) Kelvin Chirambo said there were “lots of beer” during meeting with Mutharika, saying they were parting with their leader.

Mustafa Hussein, a political scientist from Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, said Mutharika is trying to win sympathy from the youth while George Phiri, a political scientist from the University of Livingstonia (Unilia), said the youth as they are just being used by politicians.

President Mutharika is battling to secure a second and final mandatory term next year during the tripartite elections.

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Cognitive Dissonance Theory
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Cognitive Dissonance Theory

Some students are struggling to pay their school fees, yet the president and his party has enough money to entertain youth with beer. What are his values?

kadundulu
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kadundulu

Muntharika has demonstrated that he has nothing to offer to Malawians. All his bench are just clapping hands to get their hands on our tax. Very sad we have a gullible president

Jesus is Lord
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Jesus is Lord

DPP yabalalika

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Song of the Drunkard….you’re spot on. The youths should take charge of their destiny and not expect hangouts from govt. Nothing comes for free; you gotta work

Malemu
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Malemu

The two occasions the president organized the youth beer parties they spent K42,000,000 worthy tuition fees for 60 needy students the whole year. Am really baffled of this and the entire DPP guru’s in support of this. SHAME

joliba
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joliba

Kodi mowa amakakamizana? Ana akumwa mwa Chikanda amawamwetsa ndi Peter? Have you ever attended College parties…

Bob
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Bob

Chikanda ndi ku State House are two different places. Get a sense motherfucker.

Mbwengu
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Mbwengu

DPP zake ndi mowa basi musadabweso thats why they say you cant create employment for million people in Malawi but making thousands drunk simungawapose.

QueenB
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QueenB

I am wondering why the youth are asking for alcohol instead of jobs? No wonder our country is being ruled by nkhalamba since the youth are a joke.

SONG OF THE DRUNKARD
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SONG OF THE DRUNKARD

Our children /Youths ARE NOT SERIOUS WITH THEIR OWN FUTURE– THEY LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS –THEY DON’T PAY RENT–THEY DON’T HAVE JOBS –THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT EVERYTHING –ALIBE POLOBOLEMU –THEY KNOW NOTHING –THEY ARE LIKE HEADLES CHICKENS WITH THOSE GIVING THEM BEERS !!

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