Member of Parliament for Blantyre City South Constituency has questioned the idea of prioritizing democracy over the well-being of Malawians. Speaking during an interview, Lipipa said that there is a need for Malawi to avoid being a nation that doesn’t put the well-being of it’s people first but democracy during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We have allocated a whopping MK29Billion for fresh elections and only MK15Billion for Coronavirus,” said Lipipa.
“We are saying let’s go and vote and risk exposing the 17 Million Malawians to the virus because the courts ordered us to vote within 150 days. Have we lost our minds?”
The Blantyre City South MP further explained that conducting an election means that whoever carries the virus on the day will potentially spread it across Malawi as all our neighbouring countries have confirmed cases to-date. We are, according to Lipipa, taking a risk on Malawians despite our overtaxed health system.
“Malawi’s economy is already hard pressed and would have to spread itself out even thinner if elections were to occur during the pandemic.
Let’s not make Malawi a laughing stock and a shame in the face of the world. We can do politics after we conquer this common enemy [the coronavirus],” he concluded.
Countries like Ethiopia (with elections that were initially scheduled for August) have postponed their elections,
will Malawi follow suit?
So far Malawi has not registered any case of Coronavirus and it is among the 7 countries in Africa which are Covid19 free.