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Lazarus Chakwera challenges MDAs on results

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Barely a week after announcing that he would be removing all deadwood from Cabinet, President Lazarus Chakwera Thursday warned that he will not tolerate any excuse from government ministries, departments and agencies in the delivery of social services.

Chakwera said this when he officially opened Henry Henderson School of Excellence in Blantyre.

The President said the fact that Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has, with support from Johanness Beese Stiftung (JBS) of Germany, constructed blocks within record and specified 12 months is proof that the country has people who can deliver quality services within a specified time.

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“This is why I am monitoring closely the rehabilitation of the power plant at Kapichira.

People at Egenco [Electricity Generation Company of Malawi] told me that they can restore that power plant and end [the problem of] blackouts by Christmas, and now they have six weeks to deliver on that promise. I am also monitoring closely officials who are attending to the fertiliser mess under the Ministry of Agriculture, the University of Malawi mess under the Ministry of Education, the fuel shortage mess under the Ministry of Energy and the forex shortage mess under the Ministry of Finance.

“[I am also monitoring] the human trafficking and cross-border smuggling mess under the Ministry of Homeland Security, the worker migration and child labour mess under the Ministry of Labour, the public disinformation mess under the Ministry of Information, the de-forestation and environmental degradation mess under the Ministry of Natural Resources, the corruption case management mess under the Ministry of Justice, and all the other messes that my administration inherited and is confronting,” he said.

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Chakwera said there is no ministry that exists to pamper individuals or line pockets of public servants with money, saying all ministries exist to serve Malawians.

“So, as we go into the year 2023, my administration will entertain no distractions, no excuses, no political games, and no meetings created for people who just want to hear themselves talk and show off their education and expertise in saying everything and accomplishing nothing. Our focus in the next 17 months, whether in government or the private sector, must be delivery and more delivery,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Labour Minister Vera Kamtukule, who represented Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje, hailed Blantyre Synod for establishing the school.

She said the facility would increase access to high quality secondary education in the country.

Kamtukule challenged learners, particularly girls, to embrace education.

Blantyre CCAP Synod General Secretary Reverend Billy Gama said the church and government are partners in development.

Gama thanked Chakwera for enabling a tax waiver on construction materials of the school.

Gama said Blantyre Synod will not endorse any demonstrations against the government because it has seen people losing lives and property in the name of demonstrations.

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