May 18, 2021

Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 against Super League resumption

The Presidential Taskforce Committee on Coronavirus pandemic says it has learnt with concern plans by the Super League of Malawi [SULOM] to resume Super League games over the Easter Weekend, saying the decision was made without prior approval of the Taskforce nor any government Ministry.

The Taskforce is advising SULOM that the special exemption granted to allow the Malawi National Football Team to prepare for and participate in the just ended qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations does not extend to other football games nor sporting activities.

In a letter dated 1st April, 2021 to SULOM President signed by the Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus, Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, the Minister of Health reads in part …”The decision was also made in spite of the speech of President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera made on the 28th March, 2021 which clearly outlined that Covid-19 restrictions need to be observed over the Easter weekend and may be relaxed later when epidemic indicators reach the set thresholds…”

The letter says the Presidential Taskforce Committee on Coronavirus is the highest level coordination on structure instituted by the President to oversee Cross-Government Preparedness and Responsive activities of the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, media reports are indicating that after the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus rebuffed SULOM on resumption of Super League games on Easter weekend, the Chileka based Music giant, the Black Missionaries ‘’MA Blacks’’ had their music shows cancelled over the weekend as part of adhering to the Covid-19 preventive measures.

In Salima, things were differently, Zembani Band owned by Lucius Banda, Presidential Advisor on the Youths and a top official of the UTM performed at the Culture Club International after getting authorization from National Police Headquarters, Area 30 in Lilongwe under the same Covid-19 restrictive measures.

Meanwhile, a Malawi Congress Party [MCP] diehard of Mvera in Dowa district, Mr. Rodgers Kamphangala, said the dubious authorization of Super League games resumption and selective application of music live shows performers, is an indication that all is not well in the Tonse Alliance Government.

Kamphangala suspects senior government officials in the Tonse Government are working hard that President Dr. Chakwera should be labeled a failure advising Dr. Chakwera to reshuffle his Cabinet and remain with his Vice President, Dr. Saulosi Chilima to go back to the drawing board.

…”The Alliance has proved a failure, this is time to Magulify Malawi, whether politicians will label you a dictator, let them say so, Malawians that voted for you will side with you, there are Principal Secretaries and Directors in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, those can be part of your Cabinet…,’’ said Kamphangala.

He said Malawians are waiting to see the real Dr. Chakwera of 27th June and 7th July, 2020 speeches of hope to change Malawi from being poor to prosperity, advising President Dr. Chakwera of no need to have a lean Cabinet, fire them all or retain two , are enough to work with the Principal Secretaries.

The diehard supporter said Magufuli was loved by the citizens and not the politicians saying that was the reason the Tanzanians vowed for the change of the Constitution for Magufuli to go for a third term bid saying the same can happen with Malawi.

By Vincent Gunde

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