By Vincent Gunde

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Commander in Chief of Muvi wa Chilungamo pressure group Bantu Saunders Jumah, has warned President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse Alliance government to be careful with the US$350 Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact saying there is no free lunch in the world, free lunch went with federation and colonialism.

Jumah said the Chinese, Americans and Europeans do not give countries free money.

Chakwera smiles on MCC

“Therefore Malawi must be prepared to pay three times more saying the generations to come will suffer repaying the money that has earned congratulatory messages hitting Malawian news headlines,” dares Jumah.

President Chakwera formalized the signing of the second MCC compact in Washington DC in USA which will see the construction of roads across the country, the discussions of the deal leading to the successful signing started in 2018 by the previous DPP led Government in 2018.

The roads projects which will be funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation [MCC] compact are Mzimba to Euthini via Chakazi bridge, Euthini to Kacheche in Rumphi via Mzambazi, Mpherembe to Vwaza Wildlife Reserve, Likuni to Namitete via Malingunde and Phirilanjuzi, Kasungu to Mkanda in Mchinji via Mwase.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the Compact in USA, President Chakwera described the signing as a historic program for Malawi not only on the long-standing cordial relations between Malawi and the USA but also the progress Malawi has made in recent months in the areas of democracy, governance, economic freedom, and fighting corruption, among others.

Since the signing of the Compact in USA, there have been congratulatory messages going to President Chakwera for signing the document from the Vice President, former President Dr. Joyce Banda, and ministers in the Tonse Alliance government, meaning that partners congratulating the same Government.

Jumah observes that the signing of the document in USA has come at the time that Malawi is in endless crisis such as forex, electricity, fuel and governance saying government ministers are congratulating the president for something that cannot be congratulated.

He added that if President Chakwera does this Malawians will clap hands that he is a listening president and all will be sending congratulatory messages to him and not announcing austerity measures that can only see the poor been punished.

He said Malawi need desperate patriots to pay pensioners MK1 billion and not building a shelter for pensioners to cool down from heat at the Capital Hill in Lilongwe claiming that is one way of draining government resources.

“It’s sad that these pensioners have worked for 60 and 70 years moving up and down to Lilongwe for their pensions only to find that there is no money and someone is thinking of building a shelter for them to cool down in Lilongwe, describing this as an insult.

“Take that MK1 billion to pay the pensioners and not building a shelter, these pensioners do not need a shelter but there money,” said Jumah.

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