Mutharika says donor age is now gone: ‘Malawi economic growth slows’

President Peter Mutharika says Malawians should accept that donors have pulled their aid from the country and they will not be returning back.

President Mutharika opens the 46th Session of Parliament  in Lilongwe-Pic. by Abel Ikiloni Mana

President Mutharika opens the 46th Session of Parliament in Lilongwe-Pic. by Abel Ikiloni Mana

Mutharika said this Friday when he opened the 46th session of parliament in Lilongwe.

“The age of donor aid seems ro be gone. Our developong partners remain with us only wit support outside the budget,” said Mutharika in his 25 minute historic address.

He said more than ever, the nation needs economic prudence and innovation in the wake of donor pull out and the current economic crisis.

“Malawians must understand the changing times we live in. We must work to endure our painful path to economic sovereignity,” he said.

He said this was the time for all Malawians to unite and condemned political bickering and finger pointing.

“Sadly our democracy seems to have taken our national duty and sense of responsibility. Our freedom of speech has become a celebration of blaming and counter blaming one anorher. We are wasting precious time failing to develop Malawi now. History will never forgive us,” Mutharika said.

On the economy, Mutharika said projections have been revised downwards to the growth of 3 percent in 2015 and 4.5 percent in 2016, adding the kwacha depreciated by 30 percent.

The President said it was sad that Malawians continue to struggle to survive, saying the hard times should teach Malawians hard lessons.

“The rougher the times, the tougher we must be. And we can turm our challenges into stepping stone for building a resilient economy. Malawi is at a very critical stage,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika recognises insecurity concerns but says statistics indicate crime is on the decrease.

The President also said Issuance of National ID cards to all citizens will be rolled out in 2017.

“Go vernment has commenced process of issuing National IDs. We intend to issue first 5,000 IDs by February 2016 on a pilot basis,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika further declares an end to theft of drugs in public hospitals due to new measures tackling the malpractice.

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Stocking
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This number one servant is in his own world i’m sure. We have two countries in the world which receives big donations Eygpt and Israel yet they leave much greater lives than us and they can afford leaving on their own than us. Yet they don’t say things like that. What are we Malawi, we have failled so many times economically and politically. Our shaping of economy is just proving that of the Arab style of rulling which does not bear fruits at the end. Politically, we only know how to kill each other, to bury the evidence. You preach… Read more »
PETER NYADANI
Guest

DONORS WHOM YOU CALL WELL WISHERS WERE THERE BEFORE YOU WERE BORN

THEY ARE STILL THERE /HERE

THEY WILL BE THERE/HERE EVEN AFTER WE DIE

LETS NOT CHEAT EACH OTHER HERE
TALK THE TRUTH AND WILL SET YOU
FREE !!

Sapitwa
Guest

Blunt Truth
You haven’t read the speech carefully. You are the one who is lost. He said donors are assisting us outside the budget. Read read read and read and understand before you comment.

Kikito
Guest

Let me correct the missunderstanding of the president from donor point of view. The donors are ready to help but not a corrupt system like DPP or PP. Malawians remember that donors also withhold their aid during Bingu time. This tells us that if we need economic growth to prevail then vote wise. DPP , UDF and PP are parties with bad records in the books of donors. It time we are not cheated and do the right thing in eyes of God and donors.

Chingolopiyo
Guest
This dangerous for speaking for Malawi and Malawians. 1 The one speaking is eating the money he co-stole with his fallen brother. 2 He does not pay any tax but he is swimming in our hard earn and highly taxed monies. 3 He does not pay any utility bills, not even hospital bill, but we are paying for him, very expensive hospitals, but we are languishing with the shortage of medical drugs in our hospitals. No man is an Island, even if we are to produce more for exports, with this attitude of our leader, who will buy from us.… Read more »
nick
Guest

Does anyone still believe that donors have pulled their aid from Malawi. They must be blind! Did Bingu not boast about zero-aid?
Development aid is simply coming in to Malawi, as before, but by a different route and in different boxes

Mmapeh
Guest

This is an excellent speech. Fools do not understand APM. We need to wake up and stand on our own. Days of dependence and hand outs are gone. Begging will not help us. Who is Chabwera by the way, a very silly Pastor, hungry for power but God is angry with him because he deserted his job of serving him. I rest my case!

YAKI
Guest

why step down full of jealousy

Blunt Truth
Guest
The state president’s message that the donor age is gone is highly misleading. Donors are assisting Malawi but outside the govt budget. He even said the global fund has given Malawi a record amount of US dollars to fight HIV/AIDS etc. It is the recurrent budget that donors are not assisting because of the K92Billion misused during BINGU WA MUTHARIKA RULE and K24billion cashgate during Dr Joyce Banda’s rule. Without donor support Malawi on its own cannot meet the cost of treating Hiv/Aids and social and economic problems. In fact donors do not trust DPP because of its past terrible… Read more »
Chenda
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In practice we view it the same when we do not have donor money because even when we were supported, the donated money was misused and no body benefited. The President is very correct in his presentation and we should pay heed and work hard.

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