Demand Economic Justice, Halt Malawi Government Proposal to Construct Soccer Stadiums

Demand Economic Justice, Halt Malawi Government Proposal to Construct Soccer Stadiums

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The government of the Republic of Malawi with direct leadership from the state president his Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has proposed a misguided development strategy where it has focused unfair funding for construction of two soccer stadiums on behalf of the country’s two biggest soccer teams which are privately owned and managed by foreign companies.

 This project is to use public resources. It is becoming increasingly clear that this government is intent on significantly diminishing inclusive participation of all Malawians in its development agenda but rather opting for P.R stunts to improve the ruling party’s odds in the outcome of the current political impasse which has emanated from the country’s most recent scandalous elections.

Instead of all this our focus must be on providing priority needs to the country and ensuring that every Malawian has a quality livelihood.

We need a budget that helps our civil servants (teachers, doctors et al) do their jobs. The reality is that the wastage and abuse of tax payers’ money is at an all-time high, prone to manipulation from the highest to the lowest levels of state institutions and services.

Simply put the Malawi government is not fulfilling its obligations to poverty eradication, it is time to address shortfalls and correct glaring inequities.  We are calling on Malawians of goodwill and all global citizens to join us in demanding economic justice for Malawi’s most vulnerable men, women and children. We want our government to make good on efforts to address our most urgent needs.

It is time for serious discussions about the real issues: the devastating impact of corruption on the country’s poverty levels, inequalities in how public aid is distributed and the chronic under funding of the country’s development sectors particularly education and health. Statistics show that Malawi is among the world’s ten poorest countries in the world and under this government the problem of unequal funding has only gotten worse.

The two soccer teams; Big Bullets F.C which is sponsored by Nyasa Manufacturing company ( a tobacco cigarettes making company) and BE FORWARD Wanderers F.C which is sponsored by BE FORWARD (a Japanese used car exporter) have little consequence to the plight of millions of poor Malawians lacking access to quality health, good educations facilities, safe water and adequate food among other things, thus we question the rationale of the country’s president in deciding to forego our primal needs for construction of the proposed sports arenas whose benefit will be closely tied to the foreign companies who sponsor and manage these teams.

Such a proposal is indicative of the fact that President Mutharika has abandoned his duties and responsibility of serving the nation and putting the country first.

In addition, a lot of interventions to curb the country’s deficiencies have become institutionalized to benefit the country’s ruling elite whilst further marginalizing the intended beneficiaries. It is our concern that  donor funds and tax payers' money are being misappropriated in fraud and larceny-type actions by public officials and development workers.

We demand that President Mutharika is to reverse this decision and abandon the stadia construction proposal and instead implement policies that are in the best interests plus primordial importance to all Malawians.

We call on the state President (and our legislators) to visit our most needy communities (public forums) to learn what Malawians need- from the people who face and are worst hit by these problems each living day.

 

 

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