By Wezzie Gausi:
President Lazarus Chakwera is today expected to deliver his first State Of National Address (Sona), when he opens the Budget Meeting in Lilongwe.
The Sona is expected to give direction on how Tonse government intends to take the country forward by implementing some of the campaign promises.
Leader of Opposition in the Parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa, said the opposition expects a lot from the Sona.
In an interview with The Daily Times, Nankhumwa said people voted for the Tonse Alliance into power because of their manifesto, hence, the need for the President to speak in line with the promises made.
He said since the new administration came into power, there is nothing much in line with their manifest, that is happening on the ground.
“We the opposition and the country at large have high expectations from what the President is to say to the nation. We have been eagerly waiting for a time like this when we will hear the plans of the new administration.
“As we are aware the country has not been spared from Covid-19 pandemic hence, it will also be of paramount if the President would narrate effective measures they have put in place to contain the pandemic as schools are also expected to open next week,” Nankhumwa said.
Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda assured the nation that the Sona will be a stepping stone to a greater Malawi.
Banda said the time has come for the Tonse administration to walk the talk as they know that the coming budget has been drawn in line with the government’s aspirations.
“We are very positive that the country will start moving to the right direction in terms of development. All we need is to work as a team for our country to develop, with high expectations from all walks of life, we promise that this administration will not let anyone down,” Banda said.
Political analyst Mustafa Hussein said with the spread of Covid-19, it would be great if the President dwells much on how the country is fairing on containing the vice.
Hussein said they believe in the president that the Sona will bring a message of hope, prosperity and unity to the nation.
“Our fingers are crossed, waiting to hear from the father of the nation on the plans he has for the country. But we would appreciate much if he touches on issues to do with the economy, health and some issues in their manifesto,” Hussein said.