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Nankhumwa cautions Chakwera

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By Mandy Potani 

Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa has cautioned President Lazarus Chakwera to abide by the rule of law in his quest to clear the rubble of corruption in the country.

Nankhumwa has said this in response to the President’s Thursday address in which he challenged boards of government parastatals to flush out partisan, political operatives and nonproductive individuals from the institutions.

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Chakwera said among others: “If any ministry, department or agency that has this kind of rubble of criminal elements does not produce a corrective action plan by the end of this month, I will have no choice but to remove those in charge and find people who will get the job done.”

But Nankhumwa said the President’s warning shots on politically compromised officers are a threat to people’s freedom of conscience and political pluralism.

“I wish to state that while the President, like every Malawian, does not want to condone mediocrity, he has gone overboard by making these orders, which are clearly in violation of the rule of law and good governance,” Nankhumwa says in a statement.

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He then challenged the presidency to work on uniting Malawi instead of fomenting divisions through alleged decrees and ultimatums.

While he hailed Nankhumwa for reacting to the President’s speech, government spokesperson Gospel Kazako, who is also Minister of Information, said there is no need to regulate how the President reacts to issues that have potential to kill the future of the country, adding nothing, not even corruption, is stopping Chakwera from putting Malawi on the right path to development.

“If an individual is not part of the rubble, there should not be cause for fear. It is those that know they are particles of the rubble that indeed must be afraid. The guilty are afraid. We have public servants that have served several governments and continue to serve this government. Ask those that are afraid what they have done or did to be afraid,” Kazako said.

Chakwera, who returned to address Malawians immediately after one of the biggest public scandals in recent memory – where Malawi School Certificate of Education examination papers got leaked – Thursday took a bold step by calling for the firing of Malawi National Examinations Board management and people drafted into the public service based on political loyalty or abused office.

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