LILONGWE (Papious Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow) –Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera has called for Malawians to eject President Peter Mutharika when his current term comes to an end in 2019, saying he has “completely failed to run the nation”.
Chakwera said the southern African country’s socio-economic ills were as a result of Mutharika’s failure as a leader.
Addressing reporters at his office at Parliament Building in Lilongwe, he Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader stated that Mutharika has failed Malawians because he is failing to live a modest lifestyle to make Malawi a secure place for investment.
According to Chakwera, the President has also failed his Vice-President Saulos Chilima because he has not maximised the youthful leader’s talents for progress.
Chakwera said Mutharika lives in “Mutharika Republic” whose capital city is Kamuzu Palace where everything is paid for by tax payers money whilst the tax payer are finding life extremely hard.
He cited incessant blackouts and the increasing cost of living as signs that the Mutharika and his administration had failed.
“Hospital infrastructure is left in a state of disrepair while Mutharika hires a private jet to Ethiopia to receive an honorary doctorate for accomplishing nothing. Just imagine that a patient at the central hospital is carried four floors because Mutharika’s Government does not think fixing the elevator is a worthy investment! This is a failure of leadership.
“I could spend all day going sector by sector, but the results will be the same, a gross display of the Mutharika Government’s failure to lead this nation out of poverty into the prosperous future we all dream for ourselves and our children,” said Chakwera.
The MCP president then offered a five-step solution which he insists are the only way to help turn around the country’s fortunes.
Chakwera suggested that separating the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) from the Executive arm of government could give power and independence for the ACB to investigate corruption by members of the Executive branch.
He said: “If Mutharika was serious about fighting corruption, he would have implemented this solution right now.”
Chakwera also suggested that government should create a special court in the Judiciary that will focus exclusively on corruption and fraud by public servants so that cases of stealing taxpayers’ funds are given priority and speedy conclusion.
The MCP leader further advised Mutharika to suspend all top government officials who were at the helm of government ministries during the time money was siphoned from State coffers in what has come to be known as Cashgate until an independent investigation clears them of collusion in the corruption that resulted.
He, however, said passing the Access to Information Bill was another solution to expose all public officers with business interests that are using the State as a means to personal gain, and that those officers should be removed from office.
But speaking when he was being inaugurated as Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) at a ceremony held at the University campus at Ndata in Thyolo, Mutharika hit back at his critics who alleged that he has failed the nation, urging them to develop a positive mind as well as appreciate the socio-economic developments his administration is implementing.
“If you are saying I have failed the nation, we would not have seen infrastructural development, investment as well as hunger reduction measures among others in this country,” he challenged.
MUST which a brain child of late professor Bingu wa Mutharika, was officially opened on October 24, 2014 by Professor Peter Mutharika and the University has a total enrolment of 950 students.