FREE EXPRESSION (MalawiTalk) –President Dr Lazarus Chakwera is a testimony, today, that the prose of governing is completely different from the poetry of campaigning.
During campaign, politicians are flowery with promises—even the unattainable ones. We all know. But when the reality of governing comes ashore, we see politicians backtracking their promises either through denial and projecting it to other.
Well, with the integrity we held so high on the Chakwera tag, it is despicable that, today, he would play a victim over promises he made during campaign period.
We know, of course, that UTM Party and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) before their marriage of inconvenience had different manifestos.
We also know, after they came together, they married their respective manifestos under a shared Tonse Alliance banner.
During campaign, it wasn’t about UTM or MCP or any other alliance partner. They all campaigned under the Tonse Alliance banner.
Chakwera recoiled from his obscure HI-5 banner and so did Chilima with his UTM banner. They did that to symbolize and cement the strength of the alliance they were both party to. In fact, it was evident that both of them were happy with their togetherness.
So why the change now?
In the heat of governing, Chakwera was asked as to when will the K14 000 passport and duty free week start, and his immediate response was shocking.
It was shocking because Chakwera distanced himself from the promise, saying it was Chilima’s not his. In other words, Chakwera means, within the Tonse banner, he is busy implementing MCP promises not those advanced by UTM.
Now one wonders: Was the Tonse Alliance banner just a hoax to fool Malawians to vote them into office?
Well, we have come to a point where Malawians shouldn’t be shy to conclude that Tonse Alliance was just a scheme, by Chakwera, to blind Malawians to remove Prof Peter Mutharika.
In this game, Chakwera will run away from everything as long as it has UTM tag and only promote his MCP promises including the second coming of paramilitary wing MYP through National Youth Service and training of MCP youth in police as well what Minister of Home Affairs Mr Richard Chimwendo Banda said they will establish “Special Constables” as Citizens On Patrol (Cop). That, to me, is first level hypocrisy and, as a nation, we must speak out.
- Cyril Bini is Editor-at-Large of MalawiTalk. His column is called “Free Expression”