Comedian cum activist Michael Usi has against criticised President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of sleepwalking Malawi into an economic turmoil failure and commended seven youths who set out on a 362-kilometre 10-day charity walk from Lilongwe to Blantyre to raise K22 million (about $17 600) for the High Dependency Unit in the paediatric ward at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe.
The charity walkers – Wanangwa Msutu, Duwa Mvula, Milca Mphepo, Tiyanjane Kapalamula, Ruth Gondwe, Ivy Chilingulo and Kalolo Msaka—are members of a charity organisation Beyond You and raised K18 million ($25 175) for their cause.
Speaking on Daybreak Malawi program on Capital FM, Usi who is also deputy director of the Adventist church relief arm, the Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA), said he was disheartened that government even failed to support the seven charity walkers.
“This is signature that emboldens failure by the government,” said Usi commonly known as Manganya in comedy circles.
Usi said the economic turmoil and the poor health service is as a result of “poor management of issues” that include rampant corruption.
“Even now we have heard of people [looting from the public purse],” said Usi.
He said there are “so many loopholes” in government for people to plunder resources.
Usi said there is a “cobweb of confusion” in the Mutharika-led administration.
“Government is failing its people,” said Usi.
But Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume trashed the criticism.
“Social commentators have their political interests. Frankly, I don’t care,” Kumpalume told DayBreak Malawi on Capital Radio on Monday.
He downplayed the walkers cause as normal.
“These kinds of things also happen even in advanced world. That’s normal. It’s something we should encourage,” said Kumpalume.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :