Chakwera ready to trim presidential powers

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By Christy Gomani

President Lazarus Chakwera is maintaining that cultural and mindset change towards heads of state will be crucial as he pursues administrative processes to trim presidential powers.

For about an hour with Voice of America’s Straight Talk Africa host Shakka Ssali, Chakwera on Wednesday night took questions on a wide range of issues from the management of the coronavirus pandemic to the political vision that he holds for Malawi.

While admitting that the subject will need legal interpretation and review, the president indicates that he is engaging government institutions and agencies to see how best they can work independent of the presidency.

Some of the institutions that will benefit from the reduction of presidential powers include the Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Malawi Police Service.

Chakwera has however suggested taking fundamental cultural and behavioural change among the citizenry stressing that handclapping and worshipping of politicians breeds demigods who eventually abuse office. 

He took time to explain that he is working towards making his campaign rhetoric a reality, dispelling fears that he may abandon his promises as did his predecessor who also pledged to reduce the presidential powers.

Apart from this, Chakwera admitted of having tough task ahead in finding solutions towards reducing teenage pregnancies. 

Thousands of teenage girls have fallen pregnant in the months that they have been out of school, this has among others been attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.

He also attributed the development to abject poverty and a loss of parenting responsibility in the society.





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