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Malawi in economic captivity— Lazarus Chakwera

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Leader of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Lazarus Chakwera, has said the freedom that people fought for during the 1959 uprising IS meaningless as Malawi continues to sail in turbulent economic waters.

Speaking after attending the Martyrs’ Day commemoration in Nkhata Bay on Saturday, Chakwera said the fallen heroes did not just fight for political freedom but were also eyeing economic freedom.

He, therefore, condemned the spirit of self-entitlement among modern political leaders, saying it is retrogressive and destructive.

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“We must understand that, for those who selflessly sacrificed their lives for our political freedom, the dream was not just to have political independence but that we must also have economic independence and that fight must continue.

“There is no reason why we should have a generation of those who feel entitled to anything; we must continue to fight and build [reserves] for future generations. [We have to] leave the country a better place than we found it.”

Commenting on calls for compensation from the British government, Chakwera said failure to find a solution to the same is a sign that the country has a system that is failing to deal with problems that keep bothering people.

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But Minister of Civic Education, Grace Chiumia, advised local politicians to avoid politicising issues when she spoke separately.

She said developing a nation is work in progress and that different problems cannot be addressed wholesomely at once.

“It is not competition, and let’s not speak in a manner that suggests that we are outshining somebody. Whenever there is an issue, let’s engage the government using proper channels. We all appreciate the challenges that our country is going through but the government is committed to alleviating them,” Chiumia said.

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