By: Duncan Kaonga
The Tonse Alliance clocked 100 days in office since ushered into power to run the country for the next five years as per the constitution of Malawi.
During the campaign period the Alliance pledged lots of things to Malawians which they ought to do in their first 100 days in office to the delight of the citizens who did not hestate but give them the vote to outcast the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime.
In an interview with Akometsi on the 100 days in running the affairs of the country, political analyst Ernest Thindwa said no meaningful achievement can be registered by any government in the first 100 days but it is all about planning for the 5 years reign whilst preparing the ground for the realisation of campaign pledges.
“Tonse Alliance has done relatively well from that perspective. A clear message has been sent to fight corruption, the public service reform project is back on track, government agencies are reclaiming their lost professionalism, political stability is on course, repairing relations with neighbouring countries has been enhanced, composition of boards for parastastals has shifted from being avenues for dispensing patronage, a sense of national cohesion is slowly but steady is being generated and national optimism is generally on the rise,” said Thindwa
The Chancellor College lecturer added that the Tonse government should formulate and articulate the plan of action for the next 5 years.
“Tonse Alliance reign should outline key milestones and measurable deliverables with definable timelines necessary for not only guiding the administrations development drive but also for managing growing expectations from overly anticipating citizens,” he said.
President Lazarus Chakwera says his government has made a tremendous progress within the first 100 days.
We have made a tremendous progress: Chakwera
Some of the things government has done include reforming cabinet with a track record of sacrificial service to Malawi, organized countrywide personnel audits, developed key performance indicators for delivery of manifesto promises, operationalized Access to information law to increase government transparency, developed special economic zones bill to promote exports and market linkages just to mention afew.