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Parastatals need to be freed


There is a need for clear demarcation of duties of the government and parastatals.

Surely, another one of many Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) campaign songs has apparently become a broken record.

DPP promised to allow parastatals to perform as they should–that is as independent bodies of the government.


Recall that this song was sang till the day President Peter Mutharika and the DPP got into power.

But it seems three years is not enough for this government to meaningfully act on what they promised.

So, the commitment by legislators to move a private members motion to amend the management of statutory corporations is commendable. Not only would this reduce corruption but minimise the power that our esteemed government feels entitled to.


As it is right now, the unneeded interference by government has seen water boards suffering where they should not and rendering the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) impotent.

If Members of Parliament (MPs) follow through and move this motion, Malawi can have less of the many problems that have been brought by the very government that is governing the former British colony.

It appears that MPs are of late the only hope Malawians have when it comes to matters of hauling the country out of the jaws of predatory, heartless and visionary leadership which DPP has become.

But it is a plea by every well-meaning Malawian that the government also needs to govern this country to the betterment of its citizenry.

One way of achieving that is to ensure the that DPP follows through with promises it made and follows the correct procedures in getting developmental structures in place.

Government interference with parastatals’ running affairs must be put to an end if the country is to register any meaningful development it much desires.

Let the statutory corporations be freed from political meddling.

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