Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, has maintained that the economy of the country remains fragile and is only stabilising at State House where the taxpayers pay for the President Peter Mutharika’s living expenses, saying many Malawians are facing “grinding poverty” and hunger.
Chakwera, speaking during a political rally which he addressed at Chenjewazi Primary School Ground in the area of Traditional Authority Simlemba in Kasungu District on Sunday, said President Mutharika should not be in denial over hunger related deaths and poor living conditions of Malawians.
He said even though the President Mutharika claims that the Malawi economy is stabilizing, the reality is that “the only place where that claim is true is in the State House he occupies, where all his bills and living expenses are paid for by Malawian tax-payers. But for our people, who pay their own bills and living expenses, there is nothing stable about this economy”. –
Chakwera also accused the Mutharika-led government of frowning at opposition when they are giving checks and balances.
“People are dying of hunger and it’s not a secret, everyone is aware of that. Malawians are burying loved ones almost each and every day,” s said Chakwera.
Chakwera said President Mutharika declared the State of the Disaster on hunger because the situation is dire and people are dying.
He also took task the government to explain the whereabouts of money allocated to Green Built Initiative, since there is nothing happening on the initiative.
On the health sector, Chakwera described the situation as pathetic.
“It is unfortunate that Malawians are struggling to access health services in the country. There are long queues in public hospitals and yet Parliament is passing budget to buy drugs for our hospitals,” said the opposition leader.
He described the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration as failed government because of lack of improvement in provision of social services, electricity, water supply, health, education and that things were no better for the unemployed youth or tobacco farmers.
Chakwera said Malawians are the best judges come 2019 following social economic and political woes that they are undergoing.
“It is not a secret, Malawians are suffering. But the good news is that 2019 is just around the corner and I know Malawians with speak through the ballot,” said Chakwera who looked confident throughout.
Earlier the Day, Chakwera who is a Reverend himself, attended prayers and Sunday Paper at Chenjewazi CCAP Church where he assisted the fundraising activity with almost K200, 000. (USD300).
During the rally and paper Sunday almost ten Members of Parliament and good number of National executive members attended the rally.
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