Former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and the current Leader of Opposition, John Zenus Ungapake (JZU) Tembo, has commended President Joyce Banda, saying her reforms are positive for the country.
Tembo said this Monday in an interview aired on BBC Focus on Africa programme.
He was asked by journalist Raphael Tenthani to give his assessment of President Banda’s rule since she took over power when President Bingu wa Mutharika died of cardiac arrest on April 5, 2012.
“I think she is doing well, she started very well. And look now the country is seeing a lot of changes. That is a good thing because people were complaining,” noted Tembo.
The veteran politician hinted on supporting President Banda to govern beyond 2014.
“But she has only been in power only one year now, we have to see how she performs in future,” said Tembo on BBC.
Tembo has been praising the Banda administration but was very critical of the DPP and late Mutharika regime.
The veteran politician is on record commending Banda government for its commitment to uphold the rule of the law and ensuring that people express freely on issues that affect them.
He said unlike the DPP regime, the Banda government should be commended for allowing its people to express themselves on issues that affect them “without fear of repression and despotism”.
Malawi’s democracy , human rights record were bruised and economy was on a brink of collapse after Bingu wa Mutharika picked a disastrous fight with donors whose support accounted for almost 40 percent of the budget.
President Banda has since wooed back foreign donors and worked with the International Monetary Fund on a new financial support programme.
Her government has is also implementing a economic recovery programme and social programmes to empower the impoverished in a bid to alleviate their suffering.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :