Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chafukira apologies for MCP, UDF opposition

His Excellency Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika praised for spreading development in Malawi more evenly. Pic: By Malawi Digest.

By Emmanuel Sobilika

Deflated opposition Malawi Congress Party parliamentarian, Ishmael Chafukira on Monday afternoon showed a sign of maturity when he apologised in the Malawi National Assembly for the opposition’s past mistakes.

Making his contribution to the 2009/10 financial budget statement ably tabled in the House by Finance Minister Ken Kandodo on 3rd July, Chafukira said that the opposition in Malawi owed Malawians an apology for behaving irresponsibly in the last 5 years.

“Some important government bills were either delayed or rejected by the then opposition. That was not good for the people of Malawi,” he said, to a round of applause from members of parliament mostly from the government side and a better part of the opposition as well.

Chafukira said that as a result of this poor behaviour by the opposition, there was need to apologise to Malawians.

“On behalf of that opposition then to which I was part and the Malawi Congress Party, I do apologise that we will not do that again,” he said.

Chafukira went on further to lecturer fellow parliamentarians on the role of the opposition and the legislature in general.

“Our role is to do what the public expects from us and we in the opposition criticising constructively,” he said.

He promised that time for working against government was now over.

“This is a new dawn for the opposition in Malawi and I want to assure the House that time for arm twisting is over,” he said.

Apart from applauding government on its development works, Chafukira appealed for a listening ear.
“We know that the opposition is small and thin, but what matters to us is not the numbers but ideas coming from this side. We hope government will take then on board,” he said.

Chafukira thanked the Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika administration for spreading development in the country more evenly.

He also praised President Dr Mutharika for developing the central region and mentioning the construction of Lilongwe-Kasiya road, the Kamuzu Mausoleum, the construction of a 5-star hotel in Lilongwe and the new National Assembly chamber taking shape as positive things that Malawians need.

In the last five years, the opposition Malawi Congress Party under failed presidential candidate John Tembo and another opposition the United Democratic Front of former president Bakili Muluzi tried all their level best to frustrate the Malawi government's agenda to develop the country, however their evil works failed.

The MCP/UDF marriage of inconvenience failed to unseat the government of Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika in the May19th Presidential and Parliamentary polls.

The two parties were trounced by the mighty Democractic Progressive Party under the able leadership of Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika.

The ruling party and the president won the elections with a landslide victory – Malawi Digest.


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