Chilapondwa Goofs- Says Cooking Oil for Elites

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Parliamentarian for Ntchisi South, Ulemu Chilapondwa, has come under fire for a statement he made in Parliament that cooking oil is for the elite and that it is not an essential commodity for rural Malawians.

The lawmaker was reacting to a statement by Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa, who in his response to President Lazarus Chakwera’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) among others faulted government for the rising cooking oil prices.

Said Chilapondwa, “It surprises me to hear from the whole leader of Opposition instead of giving facts, giving out solutions to present situation, he went on to talk about cooking oil prices.

Cooking oil prices are for the elite. People in the villages are not looking for solutions to cooking oil, they are looking for solutions to real issues.”

Video and audio clips of Chilapondwa’s statement have since gone viral on social media with many people faulting the Parliamentarian for uttering such words.

Social Commentator, Wonderful Mkutche, told us the lawmaker should have been the last person to make such “careless” remarks.

“It’s unfortunate for a member of Parliament to say something like that.

I think he was saying it through the eyes of his party knowing that government is currently failing to make sure prices of cooking oil are affordable to all.” Said Mkhutche.

Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) Executive Director, John Kapito, did not hide his disappointment.

He told Zodiak, “Chilapondwa is a confused individual who does not deserve to be Member of Parliament.”

According to Kapito, the lawmaker Chilapondwa should be reprimanded.

“He said something that is very annoying to Malawians. To claim that rural Malawians do not need cooking oil I think it’s an insult.”

The statement was later ruled out of order after Zomba Chisi Legislator Mark Bottoman raised concern.

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