Government says President Peter Mutharika is willing to meet opposition leaders who have been pressing for a courtesy call in a bid to discuss a myriad of socio-economic problems facing Malawi.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Malison Ndau, said Mutharika has always asked the opposition to bring forward alternative solutions to the problems facing Malawi.
“They should draft their agenda and bring to the government. The President’s door is open on issues of national importance,” said Ndau.
Parties outside parliament such as Umodzi Party and United Party have been calling for a meeting with the President to discuss various issues including the broken economy, persistent power blackouts and shortages of water, high inflation and continued depreciation of the kwacha among others.
Umodzi Party president John Chisi told reporters: “We cannot accept to be carried in a bus that is heading towards a ditch.”
Comparing Mutharika government to the ill-fated Titanic, Chisi noted that the country is “the ship that is perhaps captained by a blindfolded leader and heading towards “sinking”.
Chisi said “we don’t want to sink with it.”
He said some opposition parties will work together and advise government on clues to save the nation.
It is not known whether major parties, the Malawi Congress Party and Peoples Party who have a voice in parliamnt would participate in such a meeting.
But in a radio interview, Peoples Party acting president Uladi Mussa claimed the opposition writes the president on pressing issues affecting the nation.
Observers say a bankrupt, corrupt and increasingly predatory state is now squeezing what’s left of productive pockets in both the formal and informal sectors.
Official corruption is rampant. President Mutharika recently admitted about the worsening corruption.
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe speaking at on Thursday at the official opening of the three-day 26th Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) Annual Lake Conference at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi, said Malawians have become a pessimistic lot and rejoice when things are not working for the country.
“We have become pessimistic and we are happier when we hear that our country is not doing very well. We are happier when something bad has happened to our country,” said Gondwe
Gondwe’s sentiments were made against a background of ravaging poverty and glaring inequality in the country.
Malawi is reengaging its traditional multilateral and bilateral funders in a bid to open new lines of credit and budgetary support.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :