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Lazarus Chakwera calls for patience

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Brian Banda

President Lazarus Chakwera has called for patience among Malawians, who have in recent weeks been accusing his administration of acting slowly on errant public officers, who are suspected to have committed various crimes during the former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.

Presidential Press Secretary President Brian Banda said this during the State House Weekly Brief held at Sanjika Palace Monday.

Banda said a lot is being done at various levels of government machinery which is in tandem with Chakwera’s pledge of clearing the rubble of corruption which he said during his inauguration that has ruined the country’s taxes.

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The president’s spokesperson said Chakwera and his vice are aware of the anxiety among citizens and that a government which promised to abide by the rule of law is keen on ensuring that necessary procedures are followed in the process of correcting things.

“You will notice that we did not have boards until recently and boards are crucial in initiating the much needed change that everyone is dying for. Things are happening and the President and his vice are committed to seeing the law take its course on each and every one who broke the law. Be assured that the President is leaving no stone unturned in his efforts of clearing the rubble, so let us all be patient,” Banda said.

He was, however, quick to disclose that changes being effected are not a matter of vengeance but in the spirit of aligning operations of government parastatals, for instance, with the Tonse Alliance development agenda.

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Banda also cautioned that government is aware that if not well handled matters of restructuring public institutions may lead to loss of taxpayers’ money due to lawsuits.

“You appreciate that everything has to be done in accordance with the law, I want to emphasise that this is not vengeance; that is not the President’s intention,” he added.

Since, President Chakwera ascended to power Malawians have been anticipating restructuring exercises in government institutions which are believed to have been politically compromised during the Democratic Progressive Party administration.

Some of the institutions are Blantyre Water Board, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority and Tobacco Commission which are also being investigated by Ombudsman Martha Chizuma over allegations of irregular recruitment, nepotism and favoritism, among other acts.

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