Malawi’s former Economic Planning and Development Minister, Goodall Gondwe, has justified his comeback into front politics saying it has been influenced by a number of factors, including the looting at Capital Hill – the cashgate scandal- under the People’s Party watch.
Gondwe who has since been endorsed as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for Mzimba North Constituency for the 2014 Tripartite Elections, condemned the PP government for turning the country into food insecure just under two years of its reign.
He also said the plundering of public resources by the ruling PP officials and some civil servants has forced him to seek a comeback and help the country in getting rid of looting culture by some politicians.
Gondwe said he had planned to quit politics after 2014 which would have been end of presidential tenure of president Dr Bingu wa Mutharika – who brought him into politics – but then decided to quit earlier soon after his death, yet to change following declining of standards in the country from economy, food security and rampant corruption.
“We have witnessed arbitrary arrests, the hunger which has affected many Malawians, the rise in cost of living and cashgate. Things were in shape when DPP took over government, we managed to fix the economy and it is only DPP that can fix the economy again,” observed Gondwe, credited with transforming Malawi’s economy between 2004 and 2009 during late Mutharika’s first reign.
The retired World Bank economist also bemoaned the growing cases of insecurity which he observed was making the country unfavourable for both local and foreign investment which impact negatively on the social economic development of.
“People are worried with the recent security lapse that has led to increased crime rate in the country. This is negatively impacting on a number of economic activities as investors, both local and foreign, are scared to invest their money,” observed Gondwe.
Gondwe claimed chiefs and people of the constituency also influenced his comeback as they kept asking him to stand as an MP.