Malawi’s main opposition party, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has said it feels bad for the nation as its citizens suffered for nothing when they braved the winter mornings of May to exercise their constitutional right to choose those who should govern them.
The State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi delivered this year’s State of the Nation Address exactly two years the country casted their votes, and the same period the MCP President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, who the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said came second to Mutharika, was making his response to Mutharika address.
Dr. Chakwera did waste time coating his speech with un necessary sugar. He however felt duty bound as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, that as Members of Parliament they were in the Honorable House as a result of the sacred choice the electorate made.
In his punchy speech, Dr. Chakwera said that the Parliamentarians should count themselves privileged to be entrusted with running the affairs of a great country like Malawi.
“As such, it must be remembered that we are not here to warm the chairs; we are not here to fight for our political agendas; we are not here to accumulate allowances; we are not here for the cameras; we are not here to be thoughtless hand-clappers,” he said.
Under the theme; ‘Dzukani AMalawi’, the MCP leader rebuked the Parliamentarians that were sleeping when the State President was addressing the nation last Friday.
He observed that under whatever circumstances, a serious Parliamentarian would not go into sleep when a Head of State is holding the floor in the National Assembly.
“I dare say that even if we feel that the President’s speech before this honorable house was no better than a make-believe and uninspiring bed-time story, we are not here to sleep,” he did not mince words.
But his sentiments drew fire from the government side.
In their reasoning, the Leader of the House and Government Chief Whip insinuated that the MCP leader had attacked Mutharika and Members of Parliament.
But the Speaker of National Assembly asked all Parliamentarians to just get prepared with their respective responses to the State of National Address when they take the floor and out waste time in point of orders.