Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) chief John Kapito, who is organising the highly publicised national wide demonstrations, is asking Malawi President Joyce Banda to learn from the mistakes of past administrations if she is to survive the pressure from consumers to reverse the rising cost of living brought by poor economic policies of her administration.
Kapito charged on Monday during the Democracy Forum program on MIJ radio that President Banda is not listening to the cries of people she is supposed to serve.
He said it is unfortunate that President Banda is failing to take heed of the call to reconsider her decision to stop the floatation of kwacha which has brought a lot of misery among Malawians.
“Devaluation was not wrong in the beginning because this was not the first time for the country to devalue the currency but the problem has been floatation of the kwacha because it came at a time when we exhausted our exports which is resulting into the floating kwacha failing to stabilize,” said Kapito.
Kapito said although this was expected considering the poor state of the economy left by the late President Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration, the problem is that President Banda did not listen to the instructions given beforehand to find means of cushioning the impact of devaluation.
“See now. Prices of goods have risen 101 percent which is beyond the description of devaluation. And worse still the currency continues to lose value because of the floatation,” he pointed out.
Kapito said another problem with President Banda is that she has stopped siding with the people, saying it seems she has crossed the ‘River Jordan’ alone forgetting those she was with when Malawians were complaining against economic policies of President Mutharika.
“Joyce Banda is not walking with us now. She has herself crossed the River Jordan. She has forgotten that we were together in the past complaining against the economic problem that came with the past regime. She now sees us as those who want employment from her,” said Kapito.
Kapito parried out claims from some people that Banda should be given a chance as it is only seven months since she assumed the country’s high office.
“Any development starts on day one. She should have planned and for your information, in the beginning we gave her a chance but the problem is that she has closed her ears too early. It seems she is not ready to take any advice from us,” said Kapito.
The consumer rights activist said the battle he is fighting is not on personal grounds. He said even during previous administration he has been vocal pushing for better living standards for consumers.
“In the Muluzi administration, I was also vocal and a musician Lucius Banda even composed a song against me saying Kapito and CAMA have turned into a political party”.
The outspoken activist was also critical of the late Bingu Wa Mutharika administration when he was heading state-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :