‘The age of donor aid is over’ – Mutharika

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…’Aid deepened neocolonialism and Malawi’s mental slavery’ says APM

President Peter Mutharika has said it is time for Malawi to divorce donors  to ensure political and economic sovereignty much as “the country is currently passing through a very critical stage without such aid”.

While opening the 46th Session of the National Assembly, Mutharika said aid has only deepened the country’s mental slavery and neocolonialism. The president said this has pushed the country towards the ledge.

Peter Mutharika

‘The age of donor aid is over’

“When we proudly fought for Independence more than half a century ago, we fought for political freedom and economic sovereignty. For years, we have relied on budgetary aid while dependency mentality deepened and our poverty rose”

The Malawi leader said ‘the country is at a very critical stage’ to move away from the aid dependency syndrome by coming to terms with the reality that the West will not be resuming direct budgetary support.

“Now, there is no more budgetary support. The age of donor aid seems to be gone. Our developing partners remain with us only with support outside the budget. More than ever, we need economic prudence and innovation. Malawians must understand the changing times we live in. We must work and endure our painful path to economic sovereignty. And we must do what it takes to end the suffering of our people”

Donors withdrew aid in September 2013 following the discovery of the cashgate scandal that occurred during the Joyce Banda regime.

In addition to over K24 billion that was stolen by government and Peoples Party officials, auditing by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) supported by the Germany established that more than half a trillion (K553 billion) of public funds were also uncounted for under Joyce Banda, making the 2 years that she was President the most corrupt periods in Malawi history.

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  1. Me I thought we ‘re already depending on ourselves.. considering how life is like now. We’re paying tax on everything … my question is, what are you going to do in order to raise money for the government yet you’ve already put taxes on everything, no free education, no jobs and misusing of government resources ??¿¿¿

    Choyambilira mukanayamba kugwiritsa bwino ntchito zinthu zimene mulinazozo.. NOT kudya chuma chabomacho ngati makata choncho ….

  2. When U R On an elephants back,dew is a white elephant to you.A millionaire will never discover this! Hom can Malawi stay without direct budget support, You people up there are JOKING, shame on you!

  3. The age of donor aid is indeed over but when trouble strikes you cry like a baby, donors come pliz. Jusy recently u appealed to donors to help malawians facing hanger.

  4. Amalawi tisadalire kuthandizidwa ndipo tisazikaikile kuti sitingathe pali mfundo sound like hard but after few years we can see some big big change.palibe anapeza bwino mukudalira wina.tiyeni tivetsetse mfundo za apresident athu.lets go back to our roots

  5. Why shud we still cling to donors? Mind u thiz countries r also passing thru economic hardships but they dont want to accept that instead they just blindfold us that tikonze kaye pakuti, eeeee ur progms on IMF r offtrack, eeeeee fasttrack cashgate cases; zokamba kamba mbwee just to buy time we are busy a malawi tokhatokha castigating the president why there r influx of reforms yet donors r not coming up, how can we stand up if we dont hav reforms that will substitute donor aid? And u will see when things start ticking economically the same donors will fund some other CSOs to disturblise why azungu angofunabe we shud dance to their tunes-neocolonialism! Dzuka Malawi Dzuka!!!

  6. Ndmawona Ngt Xool Imawojezera Zeru Km Ayi Ndawona Zeru Za Cibadwidwe Ziposa Za Xool. Akufuna Anthu Azifa Ngt Khuku Zadzowe Zipatalamu. Bingu Anayesera Zomwezi Suja Zinthu Zinaskonekera.

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  8. Ndalama ndi satana ndichifukwa chache yesu anakana mayeselo pamene afuna kukuthandiza amakuwuza uvoleze izi ndikupatse tiyeni tisalole thandizo lotelo

  9. Iwe amene ukuwombera mmanja zopusazi naweso ndiwe mbuzi choti udziwe ndichakuti boma la Malawi lilibe pogwila penipeni chimene akudalila ndi tindalama tathu in the name of tax kapena kupitiliza kukweza mitengo yazinthu komaso kumalizitsa kugulitsa ma company omwe ndi a boma. Tamaganizani enanu.

    • Iwenso ochenjelawe zindikila kuti okuthandizawo atopa ndipo yangana njila yoti ikuthandize. Sungamukakamile munthu kuti azingokupasa zaulele osakhesela thukuta mapeto ake ndizimenezi akafuna apeleka sakufuna sapeleka. Kodi tizakhala tikupemphesa mpaka liti?

  10. بعد إذن آدمن الجروب تحيه شكر وتقدير. الساده أعضاء الجروب. يسرنا ان نقدم عرض من اقوى العروض لصيف ٢٠١٥. : تشطيبات ديكورات شقه العمر على اد الايد. احدث التصميمات تنفيذ بمهاره تشطيبات من عالطوب للمفتاح كافه اعمال. العماره. السباكه -والكهرباء- والجبسمبورد- وألنجاره- والسيراميك- والالوميتال- وكافه اعمال الديكور- جبس ونقاشه واستر وخلافه- اعمال سابقه مشرفه بخبره عشرون عام فى مجال التشطيبات. ولان ده شغلنا اكتسبنا النجاح فاهدينا التميز. يمكن فيه غيرنا كتير بس مش زينا. سعيد احمد سليمان. ثقه. امان. زوق رفيع ولله الحمد 01222399546. 01094884180 سيدى بشر اول الدولى خلف رويالتي. https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1559753007599035. https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1432283067047041. الاسكندريه https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1615327922078708

  11. Indeed beggars never get rich, if it were so Malawi could have succeeded Japan by now. This generation is supposed to be Donor aid free. Sinthawi yotamandira nkono wa nyama ino

  12. Sikuti amalawi ali ndi ulesi ai, ndi udindo was boma kuthandiza anthu ake ,Ku S .Africa boma likumangira anthu awo manyumba mwaulere chifukwa pali anthu ena amene sangathe alibe poyambira, sikuti mumavotera munthu kuti mumulemeletse koma kuti akuthandizeni.

    • Mind U its like u r comparing a town to a country what malawi cant manage south african can 100% manage to its citizens there r a myriad of sources of economy there than here it does not mean the govt shud completely disregard the less priviledged no no no no coz even in south africa or other developed countries there are street beggars and even others who are helpless but here in malawi majority of active people are lazy ambiiri akadzuka ali pa mowa mpana madzulo akalandira free fertilizer or food items they sell even at lower prices for beer when they receive money esp. thoz on Social Cash Transfer the same day they upside their priorities down: u find them being bosses at beer joints; how can we develop? The moneys meant for stationary allowance in colleges is spent mostly on beer why? Nzaulere which makes it difficot for students to b responsible

  13. Quite impressive, Your Excellency, that’s the path as a country we need to take, over reliance on donor aid constrains our way of thinking. Beggars never gets rich, though skillful and innovative at their work..

  14. Its not so strange becoz this has been a song for so long even during Bingu’s tym, he had been preaching about the divorce to donors but the mission never materialised but only to see ppl being starved ,,,,,,, So this has been a slogan so far and Malawi will never stand on its own becz she is not an exporter and no copper, diamond and the like, the only thing Malawi depend on is an excessive tax imposure on each and every commodity which always bring some negative impact espncially to the local villager ,,,,,,,,

  15. Its not so strange becoz this has been a song for so long even during Bingu’s tym, he had been preaching about the divorce to donors but the mission never materialised but only to see ppl being starved ,,,,,,, So this has been a slogan so far and Malawi will never stand on its own becz she is not an exporter and no copper, diamond and the like, the only thing Malawi depend on is an excessive tax imposure on each and every commodity which always bring some negative impact espncially to the local villager ,,,,,,,,

  16. Pa bingu chithandizo chinatsekedwa, koma atalowa JB chithandizo chinatsekulidwa, pa pitter chatsekedwa, kodi palichani pa anthu awiliwa bingu muthalika ndi piter muthalika?

  17. Yes, at last. Malawi shouldn’t be like a child who constantly asks for pocket money. We should stand on our own two feet and push forward.

  18. Let’s have long memories that take us back to the genesis of situations. First, we must remember that donors have an interest in any country they donate to; this includes encroaching into bedroom matters if any country. My Sena elders once told me that whenever I have to help I should do so with the right hand but the left must be hidden away. The donors don’t want to see this happening, they want to direct what we wanna do. Secondly, let’s also remember that donations are actually the avenue through which we lose sovereignty. It’s time that what we say gets to be carefully processed by the donors not only from the vintage of our being poor but also our being sovereign. For any Malawian to suggest that we are doomed by making a stand that we shall have to work hard in our own is not only unpatriotic but also lazy.

  19. The question is, have reached this point because we are now able to be on our own or the situation has been forced on us because of our sticky fingers? It would have been a proud moment if the declaration was reached after we had reached a healthy economic achievements on our own. We declare this with shame ringing all over: we are thieves!

    • But the point is whether we have reached that by will or not, we must do away with donors if we r to be an independent nation both politically and economically

    • Eniwake andalamao atemesa nkhwangwa pamwala kuti sapelekanso ndalama nanga olo malawi atakakamila chithandize ndichiyani? Ndinkona mapwiya say that waona kuti sogolo lamadona palibe

    • i see from the other angle,namesake, wrongly or rightly,donors are doing away with us. Economic independence is being forced on us because of itchy fingers. This time we will steal from tobacco proceeds. It is a situation which is very embarrassing. We insisted on having donors support budget. But nix. We need to change our habit. No one will develop Malawi but ourselves. This needs seriousnes political,judiciary,police,appointments,work spirit etc. This is what makes Japan.

  20. Wise statement, but we need policies that can enhance pipos mind to development. Even fertiliser subsidy programme during Bingu’s time some said it was impossible. Yes we can but with good policies!

  21. Thats An Impossible Move As Far As Malawi’s Poverty Rate Z Concerned & Wat The Bigman Doing Z As Worse As Experimenting The Lives Of Poor Malawians Who Are The Victims Of Such A Mission,av Mercy Lord 2 Our Monopolistic Leaders 4 Wat They R Doing They Dont Knw.