Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has said the country has been hijacked by demons hence economic turmoil triggered by State-sponsored corruption.
The statement was made in Parliament by MCP spokesperson on finance, Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi when he was responding to the revised 2016/17 National Budget presented by Finance, Economic Planning and Development minister Goodall Gondwe.
Chronicling ills that have bedevilled the nation, Dzonzi highlighted high interest rates, high unemployment rates, high crime, rates, high inflations rates, poor road infrastructure, high mortality rates, drug shortages in public hospitals, electricity blackouts, shortage of piped water and untimely closure of public universities.
Dzonzi also noted the recent ‘Maizegate’ scandal and the general decline in the service delivery is experiencing.
He said Finance Minister Gondwe deliberately twisted facts to paint a rose picture of an economy which infact is ailing.
“Mr Speaker Sir, it is now becoming evident that our demorcay has been hijacked by some demons,” said Dzonzi.
Spokesperson for Peoples Party (PP), Ralph Jooma concurred with the MCP spokesperson, saying the economy will continue to decline this year contrary to the assurances by Gondwe.
“Mr Speaker Sir, there’s no reason to rejoice over a decline of inflation that has been caused by proliferation of disaster food when the price of all other commodities are still going up,” said Jooma.
Commentators are urging the government to ensure that the tax that is collected by Malaiw Revenue Authority is prudently spent.
Government has also been advised against priotising funding areas that do not make economic sense but politically chereished such as Cement and Malata Subsity Programme.
Capital Hill has been asked to deal with wasteful spending and corruption .Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :