Mutharika must take responsibility of economic turmoil – University of Malawi don

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College political scientist Michael Jana has said President Peter Muharika should stop making excuses for ongoing economic problems in the country but  look for solutions within rather than blaming the past.

Time to take responsibility: President Mutharika

Time to take responsibility: President Mutharika

Jana said: “President Harry Truman of the United States of America used to put a sign on his desk that read: ‘the buck stops here’. I think as long as Mutharika accepted to be the captain of this ship called Malawi, the buck stops on his desk—he must take responsibility.”

The university political scientist made the comment in an interview published by the daily Nation newspaper.

“ If this country sinks or successfully sails through this crisis, Mutharika takes the responsibility as the captain. When he took over government in May 2014, for instance, crop estimates already showed a looming huge deficit. Now this is 2016 and we are still talking about trying to find a solution. I think the President and his government must take responsibility for failing to find a solution to date,” he said.

Jana said Malawi is not the only country in Africa facing economic challenges, saying most countries including Nigeria and South Africa, are struggling economically.

“Statistics indicate that low commodity prices and economic slowdown in Africa’s trade partners such as China are some of the causes. Malawi’s problems are of course compounded by the dry spell and floods experienced in the past year or two, and of course poor policies and corruption that have left Malawians poorer since the introduction of democratic dispensation—if I am to talk of this period alone,” he said.

Basing on Mutharika’s one and half years in office,  Jana said: “I think he came with a promise of potentially effective reforms. Programmes like the public service reforms, the Green Belt Initiative, the community colleges and so on—I think such programmes hold the promise of solving some of our problems if implemented well. They, however, need time and resources to be implemented and show results.

“Unfortunately, upon assuming the presidency, Mutharika was faced with a crisis that I think put him off guard and threatened the realisation of some of his planned programmes. Here I am talking about the sudden resource gap created by the withdrawal of donor support to government budget, and the food shortage.”

Jana said  Mutharika has not shown “convincing capacity” in a crisis situation to design a “bailout package.”

He said: “Yes, it is not an easy task; it needs a lot of brains to come together and a lot of support; but that is one instance where leadership matters most.”

The opposition has been showering a lot of slurs on the President with some describing him as “clueless” and “inept.”

Jana has since urged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP0 government to “desist from inciting unnecessary tension”  especially in the midst of the current socio-economic problems that demand the nation to focus  attention on finding short-term and long-term solutions.

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15 thoughts on “Mutharika must take responsibility of economic turmoil – University of Malawi don”

  1. Winston Msowoya says:

    The problem is,Malawians are used to elect MWANA WA KWATHU look now,all 15million people are gnashing their teeth,predicaments never choose whether you are from the North,South or Central,we are in the same boat.It is time to learn a lesson.Let us elect leaders on merits not on tribal basis.

  2. chakuchanya Mahabuwa says:

    koma angathe ameneyi

  3. anthonykeno says:

    Try to help malawians please apitala.

  4. anthonykeno says:

    Abwana conde kuno ku monkeybay feteleza wa urea makupon ali mmanja akutilemela mpaka lelo tingodikila koma iii

  5. Siyaghile says:

    As far as God is concernd about every laedership,every nation will suffer the consquencies of the leader like in our case.For every laeder who ever lead this nation there is things which followed this nation.The problem just started be4 the result of ellections,so you think anything good can come from that leadership.I dont think so.

  6. Patriots says:

    APM must set a precedent beginning cleaning mess within his camp and not interfering 577billion audit and good governance. Leadership anchored in integrity attracts wealth that’s the character needed to solve this current crisis.

  7. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    YOU GUYS WHY CAN’T WE ACCEPT THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS FAILED TO LEAD US. EVEN A BLIND MAN IN THE STREET CAN SEE AND FEEL THIS. WHY ARE SOME IDIOTS KEEPING ON BACKING APM??????? IS IT BECAUSE HE IS THEIR HOME BOY????? PLIZ MALAWIANS LET US BE CIVILIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BY THE WAY MBC (MUTHARIKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION) IS BUSY ORGANISING USELESS INTERVIEWS AND PRESS BRIEFINGS JUST TO DEFEND THE DYING GOVERNMENT, ESPECIALLY THIS GUY CALLED PHILIP BUSINESS, HE HAS NOTHING TANGIBLE TO OFFER TO THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI!!!

  8. Peter Mustfall says:

    The problem is not Malawians as other people are saying. Malawians did their part electing a leader and his Vp, they are paying tax every time they suppose to. The issue is; are leaders have clue on how to use the little resources for the interest of the nation and
    those resources are they used at a right times. You can not build a stadium yet theres hunger crisis. Ministry of Agriculture must farms like those of ILOVO but just for maize. Nthaka inaguga ma dela ambiri. Use that subsidy money it will help.

  9. mjomba welewo says:

    If that k577 billion scandal can be delt accordingly Malawi will do better…we shouldn’t be cheated a Malawi. Munthu kumakana kusayinila bill yokhazikisa okha in their manifesto nkumati ayi tiyiwone kaye akuopa chani? do u think Malawi can develop? time flies…

  10. namewe says:

    why can’t Malawians take responsibility for economic owes in Malawi? was it Peter Mutharika who stole money from the government? is it Peter Mutharika who works the all the jobs all the fields in Malawi? Why cant Malawians see that all a Leader does is Lead! Lead! for heavens sake ! the production! the execution! is for the citizenry to effect!

    Stop stealing! stop telling lies! stop relying on begging! stop transferring balme to other people all the time! look at yourself! You Michael Jana are supporsed to be educated man in this country what have you done to reduce Malawi’s poverty?

    Kodi m’mbanja mukhale umphawi ndiye munene kuti nchifukwa choti agogo athu siolemela? why don’t you go out and try to defeat your poverty? WHEN ARE YOU ALL GOING TO WAKE UP!

  11. akulu alero says:

    from the view and the mirror of this nation the problem is not Mutharika or any president the problem is Malawian Governance, see whenever we elect new president, the past projects are being surpressed and erased, every one who comes on that chair of authority whats to establish his or her own ideas at the end, we all suffer.for instance some projects takes more that 5 years to be implemented and established if some one within the five years comes along basitu zinazija zimayiwalika and takes up another form, DO YOU THINK THAT CAN PROGRESS OUR ECONOMY IF WE KEEP ON POINTING FIGURES???. this people are politically corrupted in their minds, the only way to put control is to implement strong governaces,whereby any one who comes into power has to do the ABCD, for example most developing countries offcourse president amaikapo his ideas on things komano all the projects or anything done should be on awell structured governancy to guide this house of power, because here in Mlawi we gave too much powers to our leaders not the constitution to control them…..

  12. Brave Kay says:

    Ya, its true. We let the past gone and focus on what should Malawi do to change things! !

  13. Chimphamba says:

    Yes desist from inciting tension: the approach of one MCHACHA who wants to appear touch cannot assist. By the way, where has been this controversial guy called Mchacha. Tell him to slow down…Does he want to be a Malema character?

  14. Boliwoli2 says:

    O!Yes, mr Jana good advise to this govt of old people only.koma matenda amene ali nawo ndi oti samva.koma ife amalawi tizingowayangana uko tikuvutika akutumiza anthu ambirimbiri kunja koma njala yilithotho.

  15. Khondo says:

    Achoke palibe ati amusowe. He was in America 40+ years and we didn’t miss and hence did call him to come back

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