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Don’t be obsessed with government—Chilima

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Vice-President Saulos Chilima has called upon Malawians to stop being obsessed with the feeling that it is only the Executive arm of government that has the solution to various challenges the country is currently facing.

Instead, Chilima challenged everybody in the country to stop pointing fingers at government and start offering suggestions that can propel the country to socioeconomic development.

Speaking on Friday in Mangochi when he made a keynote address to this year’s Institute of Chartered Marketers Annual Lakeshore Conference, Chilima said it is unfortunate that many people are too obsessed with blaming the Executive whenever there is a problem in the country, a habit he said has not helped to improve matters.

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“This country has too much obsession with the Executive. If things are not working, we blame the Executive instead of offering solutions or alternatives. As a nation, we should all start doing things to motivate everybody to contribute to national development instead of leaving everything in the hands of the government,” said Chilima.

He then urged Malawians to probe themselves as to why it is only Malawi that is not developing at a time when all its neighbours such as Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania are developing at a fast rate.

“We need to objectively search as to what is the problem. Is the problem with the country or its people? Or is it our policies that are making us remain behind when our friends are moving forward?” Chilima said.

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The Vice-President further called upon civil servants to stop practising politics in their offices, saying that is affecting the implementation of government policies that benefit the rural masses.

“It is true that everybody, including civil servants, has a political affiliation, but public servants must desist from practising politics. The only time they are allowed to practise politics is once in every five years, thus during voting time. Apart from that, they need to remain nonpartisan for them to help steer national development with impartiality,” he said.

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