BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—As different quarters are criticizing Malawi leader Lazarus Chakwera and his Tonse Alliance government for cheating Malawians on a campaign promise to create 1 million jobs, Presidential Press Secretary Brian Banda has taken a swipe at journalists in the country for misquoting the president on the matter.
Brian Banda, who vehemently attacked and criticized the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime under the leadership of Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, has categorically denied international media reports claiming that Tonse Alliance government has failed to create 1 million jobs.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Banda categorically denies the allegation describing it as false and a clear misrepresentation of remarks made by the president.
The Presidential Press Secretary says the President in his response during the recent press briefing clearly stated that his administration’s efforts to create One million jobs are not confined to the public sector but also involves implementing deliberate policies and incentives to stimulate job creation.
“What the President said, which is a matter of public record and of plain meaning to all fair-minded persons, is that his administration’s efforts to create jobs are not confined to the public sector” reads the statement in part.
The Statehouse therefore says the President’s remarks did not mean backtracking on the promise and has since advised the media to contact its department of communications for clarification on matters of fact related to things said or done by the President to avoid being conduits of fake news.
President Chakwera during the campaign period promised Young people in the country that if voted into power within first six months, he will come up with government programs that will create 1 million jobs for young people.
However, speaking during an event to mark 100 days of his administration, Chakwera argued that government is the biggest employer in the country and this need to be changed.
He told the young people to create jobs for themselves instead of looking up to his government to create jobs for them.
” When we promised to create 1 million Jobs we did not just mean that we will create programs to employ you but to challenge you to stop seeing yourself as a job seeker and start seeing yourself as a job creator”, explained Chakwera.
Chakwera who also promised to abide by the rule of law, has also come under heavy criticism for failing the Gender Equality stimulus test.
During Monday’s event, the Malawi leader suggested that he has not been appointing women because he is unaware of capable women or where to find them.
He asked gender rights activists to give him a list of capable women from which he can appoint females to fill some vacancies in government.
Political Science Lecturer at Catholic University in Chiradzulu Professor Bright Kawinga described the statement by Mr Chakwera as a broken promise.
Kawinga said that young people in the country were looking forward to this government that it will create jobs for them, it is unfortunate that Chakwera is twisting the statements now.
“The young people’s trust on Chakwera has been betrayed, this will have a negative impact on his government” Kawinga added.
On 23 June, Malawian went for Fresh Presidential Elections after the 2019 results were nullified by constitutional Court on 2 February this year.