Leader of Opposition in Parliament Dr Lazarus Chakwera has branded the State of the Nation Address (SONA) President Peter Mutharika made while opening the budget meeting last Friday as ‘no better than a make-believe and uninspiring bed-time story’.
Chakwera who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president made the sentiments in Parliament today (Monday May 23rd), irritating government bench with his speech titled ‘Dzukani A Malawi’ which touched on many areas, such as the economy, security and agriculture.
On the economy, Chakwera argued that the citizenry continue to feel the pinch of a nose-diving economy, despite Mutharika saying it was stabilizing.
“So even though the President claims that the economy is stabilizing, I am here to tell him that the only place where that claim is true in real terms is in the State House he occupies, where all his bills and living expenses are paid for by Malawian tax-payers,” Said Chakwera.
Chakwera also questioned why government was “obsessed” with tracking Whatsapp chats, but fails to stop albino killings with similar zeal.
He also claimed that unconcluded cases of late Chasowa and Njauju, the withdrawal of ACB deputy Director Mr Matemba, are a result of government interference.
Chakwera concluded his speech amid cheers from opposition benches saying: “Time for sleeping while our ship is sinking is over.”
But this did not go down well with government Chief whip Henry Mussa, who argued that Chakwera spoke disrespectfully about President Peter Mutharika especially on the economy.
On Friday Chakwera branded Mutharika’s address as empty and repeated speech that has no solution to challenges facing Malawians.