A Chancellor College based political science scholar Boniface Dulani has applauded the newly elected president Lazarus Chakwera’s inaugural speech saying it was full of good promises.
Dulani said Chakwera’s promises to allow legislation to trim the powers of the presidency and commitment to appear before Parliament to be questioned about his handling of state affairs are some of the issues that the nation has been demanding from previous leaders.
Dulani said: “These are welcome promises and the entire speech was inspiring as it did lay out the governing philosophy of the new government.”
He further said the president is a servant of the citizens hence he needs to be held accountable.
The expert also commended the new leader’s pledge to operationalize the Access to Information (ATI) Act in order to end the era of government secrecy and usher in accountability.
Former President Peter Mutharika, assented to the ATI in February 2017, after it was passed by Parliament in 2016 but authorities have been delaying the implementation of the Act.
Dulani has since advised the Chakwera to fulfill his promises since his predecessors have been making similar promises but failed to implement them.