Navitcha Describes Chakwera’s SONA Flowerless


Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) newly appointed Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mary Navitcha, has described President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera’s State of the Nations Address (SONA) as flowerless speeches which has failed to produce good fruits for the past three years.

Navitcha’s sentiments are coming following Malawians deep culture of praising speeches which have been made by the country’s leaders since independence in 1964, speeches have made Malawi being one of the poorest Nation.

President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is known internationally and nationally for producing the best and touching speeches but his speeches are different to what is happening on the ground making other Malawians to conclude that his speeches are there only to attract investors to come to Malawi.

Speaking in Parliament on Friday after President Chakwera finished delivering his SONA, Navitcha thanked President Chakwera for his best speeches observing that this is the fourth SONA but nothing has happened following the good speeches.

Navitcha observed that within President Chakwera’s good speeches, Malawians are sailing through hard times which they have never experienced before saying she does not think that the SONA which has just been presented will produce tangible results.

“I have listened to the SONA as a Member of Parliament and as a Leader of Opposition, I will have my say from Monday 12th February, 2024 when we will start responding to the SONA,” said Navitcha.

Presenting the SONA in Parliament on Friday, President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera said Malawi is a nation of 60 years old, a nation under geopolitical, climatic, and fiscal pressures and that calls for seriousness saying seriousness means focusing on what matters most.

President Chakwera said the priorities are food security, wealth creation, and job creation saying those priorities can best be achieved by ensuring that every Ministry, Department and Agencies (MDAs) including Parliament is doing its part to promote and stimulate productivity in the ATM Strategy of areas of Agriculture, Tourism, and Mining.

“If all of us collectively do that, we will make our economy grow and make our wounds heal faster than expected,” he said.

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