Malawi President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chalk one year in power this week with political analyst rating the administration .on an “average mark” due to a myriad of social and economic challenges bedevilling the nation.
University of Malawi political science professor at Chancellor College in eastern city of Zomba, Blessings Chinsinga, gives President Mutharika’s performance an “average mark” due to his effort in stabilising political atmosphere while he has not performed well on the social and economic aspect.
“I am of the view that the country’s political environment has stabilised during the one year period that the current administration has been in power.
“This is because may be due to the fact that the President has not been responding to some provoking statements from other political sectors a development that could bring instability in political sense”, said Chinsinga.
The politics lecturer however attributed the impact of cashgate corruption scandal and flood disaster to have partly contributed failure to perform well in providing social and economic needs of citizens.
Mzuzu University based economist Dr Collen Kalua believes that government has not performed well as expected as there is nothing developmental that can be proudly shown to have been implemented on the ground.
“You go around the country and check for developments in the past year that this government has been in power, you will see that there is nothing. What we have heard those in government celebrating are ongoing projects that started during the Peoples Party regime.
“So you can see that it has not been rosy socially and economically as well because people have complained of poor social services delivery due to lack of government resources, you talk of drugs in hospitals, delayed or non-paid salaries and leave grants for some public workers, you talk of cries from the private sector of their arrears in billions, so there are a number of issues that still linger to be corrected to grade the government’s performance”, said Kalua.