Namisa Blogger of the year 2013,Stimulating the much needed debate

Leader of the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) in Parliament Dr. George Thapatula Chaponda today tore apart President Joyce Banda’s speech saying the president should walk the talk in the implementation of her dream; noting that so far the president has not lived up to her talk since she took office. He went further to say President Banda is an admirer of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika who always dreamed in color; wondering whether the new president dreams in black and white or in color.

Dr. Chaponda also took time to respond to remarks on the late president made by Leader of Opposition Rt. Hon John Tembo which he described as an ‘unfortunate’ and ‘very unAfrican’ to talk of a dead person. “…the Mutharika family and the DPP felt that the remarks made by the Leader of Opposition Hon JZU Tembo yesterday relating to the late President were very unAfrican. The late President has died and it is unacceptable on his part to make disparaging remarks for someone who has died. His entire speech was intended to discredit the memory of Bingu which is unfortunate”, bemused Chaponda.

On devaluation, the former minister faulted government for the poor implementation of the process which lacked measures to cushion the ordinary citizen from the effects. He went on to call the remarks by the Reserve Bank governor which said employees should not expect a pay rise but instead urged them to endure as ‘very painful’. He hoped that the Minister of Finance will soon unveil measures to address the situation.

“In other words from my party’s perspective, this IMF package should have been negotiated and implemented before or simultaneously as the devaluation was being effected and not the other way round”, said Chaponda.

The DPP leader bashed the president for ignoring the nominations that his party had submitted for commissioners of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) saying instead the president had appointed active politicians into in the body. “DPP received [such] a letter and provided names. However, we are surprised that what has emerged is a highly politicized commission including current senior political office bearers of political parties. Hence, it is felt that the letter requesting us to provide names was merely window dressing and not done in good faith”, wondered the Law doctor.

Read the full speech here: Chaponda’s Response to the State of the Nation Address 2012-2013

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