National Salvation Front (Nasaf) president James Nyondo has blamed the People’s Party-led government for failing to manage the country’s economy, claiming many of its officials are living like New York senators in the US when the country cannot afford their obscene opulence.
Nyondo said Malawi has become famous as a nation that frustrates ite own people.
“We have not only created it but we have been good at perfecting it also. There is a disconnect among our education system, industry and market. It’s frustrating to finish your education and there are no jobs.
“Similarly, it’s frustrating to produce goods or crops and there is no market,” he said.
Nyondo said this in the northern city of Mzuzu during his maiden rally held at the Mzuzu upper Stadium on Sunday and later in the evening during a news conference.
“Since 1964 our political leaders want to be important. They demand huge salaries just because they believe the political office makes them important,” Nyondo said.
Nyondo, who had a go at the presidency in the 2009 general elections as an independent, formed Nasaf in 2012.
Minister of Information Moses Kunkuyu, who is also government spokesperson, could not be reached for comment.
Nyondo then claimed that when Nasaf clinches power in 2014, it will remove allowances for the President, MPs, ministers, Princiapal Secretaries and other senior government officials and invest the money in people.
“As a party we value people as the best assets. Some of the solutions to the problems the country is grappling with are with the Malawians themselves. But because of fake pride we bring people from outside,” he said.
He said Malawi is a blessed country but very poor because of poor leadership that does not understand empowerment.
“They think to empower people is to give them jobs in government, embassies or statutory corporation. Real empowerment means that the state must transfer resources to the people for investment,” he said.
He said a country is developed if people have disposable incomes.
“In Malawi there is money. Since 1964 the government has been illegally dismissing people and paying out millions in compensations but when you ask for a MK2 million ambulance, government will say it has no money. Is that realistic? Where does the money come from?” he queried.
He also blamed the government for putting too much trust in foreign investors to spearhead the development, claiming that no country in the world has developed because of foreign investment.
“Foreign investors are like mercenaries. They have no loyalty and that is why they take the money out. If things get touchy they just leave for other places,” Nyondo said.
The Nasaf president said he did not hate foreign investors but that his government will create deliberate conditions conducive for locals to invest, saying gradually the need for foreign investment will wane.
“Our enemy in Malawi is poverty and how can we be happy with empty pockets,” Nyondo said.
Explaining his absence on the political scene, Nyondo said he was abroad seeking markets for the country’s produce.
“Admarc has failed. And even if it was functioning, the money will end up it pockets of political masters. What I have done is to identify selected districts in the country where my partners from abroad will buy every produce in that district direct from the farmers,” he said.
Nasaf publicity secretary Joseph Mulungu asked people to register en masse when registration opens saying “Malawi is like hell now” and needs the electorate to usher in new government.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :