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Tonse Alliance first year “Mixed bag”

Governance and social commentators are  describing as a mixed bag,  the performance of the Tonse administration after clocking almost a year in power.

The Tonse Alliance led by President Lazarus Chakwera was voted in office during the court sanctioned fresh Presidential Poll on June 23, last year.

Citizenry braved the cold June weather to cast their vote, marking the end of the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP regime under the former President Peter Mutharika.

Malawians had high expectations following juicy campaign promises by the nine-member Tonse Alliance such as creation of one million jobs in the first year.

After the vote President Lazarus Chakwera and his running mate Saulosi Chilima carried the day.

One of the country’s political and social commentators, who is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Interaction-IPI Rafik Hajat rates the performance of the Tonse Alliance as far from ideal, but is quick to point out that they need time.

“The current administration made a huge number of promises which it has failed to keep possibly because those promises were too ambitious and they did not know what they were letting themselves in for.

Hajat is however pointing out the need for an extra gear in cleaning up the rubble considering the high levels of corruption that is still thriving.

He further advises the Chakwera administration to ensure that it works on achieving its 1 million jobs promise which he feels is achievable if done in the right way.

Echoing Hajat’s sentiments is Robert Mkwezalamba, the Chairperson of the Human Rights Consultative Committee-HRCC.

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Mkwezalamba is of the view that there are some areas that the administration is lagging behind, with others where progress is being made.

He has cited the 1 million jobs as one of the key promises which the citizenry is waiting with interest to see materialize.

Barbra Banda who the Chairperson of NGO Gender Coordination Network-GCN describes the performance of the Chakwera administration in the first year as a mixed bag.

In terms of women empowerment, Banda has commended the inclusion of a good size of women in several public appointments.

She has however pointed out that there is still more that can be done in the remaining in four year to show serious commitment to women empowerment.

“We demand guaranteed protection for women and girls moving forward,” said Banda.

So far, some of the Tonse administration campaign promises that have been implemented include the Affordable Inputs Program, the duty free week, as wells as removal of connection fees on power and water.

On the 28th of June, it will be exactly one year since President Chakwera was sworn in as the country’s leader.

 

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