LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera has promised to give K1 million to each player who will play today game against Senegal and K500, 000 to each payer who will be on reserve during the game, if Malawi proceeds to the next round of the current Africa Cup of Nations tournament currently underway in Cameroon.

This is according to a press release issued through presidential press secretary, Anthony Kasunda, on January 17, 2022.

“The President pledges to honour each member of the Flames who will play in the Group B qualifiers match with K1 million, while the reserve squad will be honoured with MK500, 000 each,” reads the statement in part.

Meanwhile, Malawians have reacted to the development differently. While some commend Chakwera for the gesture, other have wondered where he is taking such money, bearing in mind that recently, he also dished out K10 million to a needy university student.

“This is very commendable, Mr President. Keep up the good work,” wrote one John Tebulo on Facebook.

On the contrary, veteran writer and social media influencer, Idriss Ali Nassah wrote: “Where, then, is President Chakwera getting the millions he is now throwing around like confetti at a wedding? Because our presidents place this burden on themselves to act like Father Christmas, they open themselves to receiving cash and gifts from “well-wishers”. That, there, is how presidents get entanged in corruption, kickbacks and rot. But it must end because it is problematic and because it is a slippery slope.”

One veteran writer and social media influencer, Idriss Ali Nassah, wrote on Facebook: “Where, then, is President Chakwera getting the millions he is now throwing around like confetti at a wedding? Because our presidents place this burden on themselves to act like Father Christmas, they open themselves to receiving cash and gifts from “well-wishers”. That, there, is how presidents get entanged in corruption, kickbacks and rot. But it must end because it is problematic and because it is a slippery slope.”

Malawi is today expected to take on Senegal after defeating the Warriors of Zimbabwe 2-1 on Friday last week.

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