Malawi opposition leader Lazarous Chakwera is asking President Peter Mutharika for immediate action to get the nation growth again, accusing him of “pussyfooting around” while the economy was in the doldrums.
The opposition leader is demanding genuine austerity measures, saying Mutharika’s government needs to stop pussyfooting around.
Chakwera addressing a political rally in Nkhotakota during the weekend said most Malawians are retreating into despair and placing their fate before God as the country’s economic fortunes continue to take a downward knock.
He accused Mutharika government’s failure to curb corruption it its rank and file, create employment and improve on public service delivery as some of the issues causing lamentable frustration among citizens.
“MCP will fix all problems which Malawians are facing. We have the solution and the clue, we will deliver on that,” he said.
Chakwera said come 2019 elections; MCP has put up a grand plan of action to stop rigging tactics by the DPP.
“The good thing is that we know these people well, they rely on rigging the votes to be in power. But let me assure you that come 2019 they will not be able to steal the votes again because we will be very alert,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera said it is unfortunate that Malawi economy is off track and that the leadership is now awful.
“The government is punishing Malawians with punitive tax regime, on each and everything, this is the sign that all is not well,” said Chakwera amid ululation and hand clapping from the party supporters.
Chakwera’s remarks comes in the wake of comments by former Minister of Finance, Chikaonda Chikaonda—who is also group chief executive officer of conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL)— that Malawi was in a make-or-break situation due to a myriad of problems, among them government’s runaway expenditures.
Chikaonda is quoted in the press speaking p during a graduation ceremony at Catholic University of Malawi (Cunima) in Nguludi, Chiradzulu that poverty levels in the country will remain unchanged, at least, for the next 24 years unless the DPP leadership starts appreciating its failures and admits the current mess.
He also attacked Mutharika government for spending millions of kwachas on political rallies in the name of development rallies when hospitals lack essential drugs and equipment.
He cited oxygen concentrators, which are crucial hospital gadgets and cost about K1.4 million each that are inaccessible in most hospitals.
“Dowa District Hospital needs seven oxygen concentrators, but they have one. On the other side of our expenditure behaviours, a public rally by government costs about K70 million and if you divide by K1.4 million you have 50 oxygen concentrators.
“So, just one public rally is equivalent to 50 oxygen concentrators…meanwhile patients in the hospitals are unable to get treatment because the gadgets are not there. We should have remorse for the way we have managed this nation,” lamented Chikaonda.
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