4 UK MPs visit Malawi, predict more misery for the poor

Four United Kingdom (UK) members of Parliament under the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association are  visiting Malawi from Monday to Thursday and have predicted more tough times for impoverished citizens after the hike of fuel  prices at a time the majority of Malawians is struggling to make ends meet.

Kate Osamor, MP: Rise above politics

Kate Osamor, MP: Rise above politics

Colvile addressing Malawi MPs and youth representatives

Colvile addressing Malawi MPs and youth representatives

The members of the delegation are Oliver Colvile MP, Kate Osamor MP, Liam McArthur MSP and Angela Crawley MP.

Colvile said the “highly insensible” price increase of fuel in times of economic turmoil will create more poverty, because when the price of petrol rises in Malawi, the price of everything else goes up too.

“I just hope government and the MPs will find the best means of ensuring that the poor do not suffer due to this [rise in fuel prices],” he said.

The UK MPs will run a programme for young Members of the National Assembly, looking at good parliamentary practice and procedures so that their Malawian counterparts are better equipped to conduct oversight, legislative and financial scrutiny.

MP, Kate Osamor, urged local MPs to put aside politics and endeavor to provide tangible solutions to people’s problems.

In underscoring the importance of this visit, British High Commissioner to Malawi, Simon Mustard said: “Parliament has a vital role to play in any democracy. It should offer scrutiny of policy and policy makers and provide a forum for all issues of national interest to be discussed. For Malawi, which has a predominantly youthful population, Parliament also needs to respond to and engage with young people.”

The programme will also tackle issue-based campaigning, especially by youth groups, and the MPs are also expected to hold discussions with representatives from civil society and media.

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya  has welcomed the trainings, saying they are timely as  Malawi is considering influencing young people to take up positions of leadership, including those in the Legislature.

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4 thoughts on “4 UK MPs visit Malawi, predict more misery for the poor”

  1. Mika Kumbire says:

    Winston Msowaya; the British MPs can do nothing. Their parliament is also in shambles with BREXIT. They just looking for puppets as they struggle to remain relevant.

  2. timothy says:

    The British dont add value to Malawi at all.Look you colonised us for so many years but theres nothing tangible that i see in Malawi that cam from you.Compare with countries like South Africa Boers developed it,Zimbabwe You developed.French countries even up to now help their colonies.Even in soccer their players go to France easily but not a single Malawian player is in UK now you come and tell us nonsense.go to hell

  3. Chani? says:

    Nanu a Msowoya sukulutu siichotsa umbuli. Nchifukwa chake you flock to tricksters with the aim of being prophesied to. How can you believe in the prediction by these colonialists?

  4. winston msowoya says:

    The four British MPs who have fired a shot at the falling Muthalika’s regime,have indicated what overwhelmingly wretched Malawians expected sometime back.Political and economic situation in Malawi has become a hell on earth and that Muthalika and his politically bankrupt surrogates continue to openly empty government coffers for their own greedy ends,they have no the slightest remorse for their own citizens.Muthalika has on several occasions wasted millions of dollars hiring private jets for unwarranted purposes while millions of Malawians have no food to eat apart from Mbewa (mice) and grasshoppers,water and power scarecity has become an endless norm,unemployment at 89 percent is the highest in Southern Africa,crime is distinctively a menace and uncontrollable,corruption has become part of life among government leadership,Muthalika himself being the ring-leader.However,the situation has reached an alarming level that the common population is just waiting eagerly for a redeemer.The rise of petro price would indeed,worsen the situation because the prices of essential commmodities,will skyrocketing turning low income earners observers of life.However,the British MPs have all the clouts to reign on Muthalika’s spoils and we are waiting for their ultimate actions.

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