Chakwera preaches against Malawi ‘sin of waste’, launches development plan Mw2063

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Chakwera - Shows second long-term national development plan, dubbed "Malawi 2063

LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) –President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has condemned a culture of waste which he says is entrenched and  deep-rooted in the minds of most Malawians, saying one of the ways to create a great citizenry fit for the task  of building the great Malawi  by 2063 is to  decisively rid of  “wasteful conduct” destroying precious resources that God has given the o enable it to develop.

The President was speaking at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe  Tuesday morning during the virtual launch of the country’s second long-term national development plan, dubbed “Malawi 2063 (Mw2063).”

In his speech, Chakwera said Malawi should get rid of  one of its greatest, most common, and most repeated national sins of “waste. “

He said: “As a  people, we must cure our proclivity for waste.”

President Chakwera said Malawians waste  too much time on “trivia and idleness.”

Said Chakwera: “We waste too much  money on entitlements and consumption; we waste too  much land on crops for subsistence living in an annual  cycle of poverty and dependency; we waste too much aid  on sustaining the careers and livelihoods of foreigners  whose very professions depend on us remaining in abject  poverty.”

The Malawi leader further said the country waste too many public offices on people who  sit around adding no value to the quest for good  government.

“We waste too many foreign embassy jobs on  people who are nothing more than diplomatic tourists,” he said.

Other “national sins of watse” he said include too much public discourse on politics of division,  one-up-man-ship, fault-finding, slander, and  misinformation.

Chakwera says such a negative mindset is what had led to the poor performance of Vision 2020 which has been succeded by Malawi 2063.

“We waste too much of our minds and  thoughts on gossip and frivolous tales about other  people’s private affairs.

“We waste too much of our  business activities on get-rich-quick schemes that fuel  the greed and corruption now strangling the government’s entire procurement system with overpriced  goods and underdelivered services,” said Chakwera.

He said to make matters worse, not only are Malawians  blind to their  collective wastefulness, but they  are quick to regard other  things as wasteful which are not.

“For example, our  development budget is always criminally low compared to  our recurrent budget, as is our investment in  strengthening governance institutions. This is because in  our warped thinking, investing heavily in development  and governance feels like a waste of money, while  spending public funds on ourselves does not.

“Similarly,  we are unwilling to make the investments in world class  talent and infrastructure necessary for long term growth,  because we wrongly believe that if human talent and  infrastructure is expensive, then it is wasteful. Our  collective confusion about what is wasteful and what is  not has paralyzed our ability to make sensible choices and  sensible investments in the future we say we want,” he said.

The President encouraged the nation to resolve to no longer tolerate or  smile on anyone who engages in wasteful conduct.

Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima  said earlier that  Malawi 2063 plan is anchored on three key pillars: Agriculture productivity and commercialization, Industrialization, and Urbanization (with development of tourism hubs as a key component.

“The achievement of these three pillars will be catalysed by seven enablers that will include  environmental sustainability, economic infrastructure, Human capital development, and Private sector dynamism,” Chilima said.

Chilima said all political parties in the country will be required to align their respective party aspirations to the country’s long-term blueprint to avoid short-termism by political administrations, which he noted was a result of Vision 2020  – which expired last December – had high failure rate in its implementation.

The National Planning Commission (NPC) an independent institution established by an Act of Parliament in 2017, is mandated to formulate the medium and long-term development plans of the country and coordinate their implementation.

Chakwera -Receives the  second long-term national development plan, dubbed “Malawi 2063

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