Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera has accused boldly President Peter Mutharika for mocking Malawians who are suffering with hunger and economic hardship when he openly told them at a public meeting that “Ine ndilibe problem [ I have no problems].”
Mutharika said on Saturday in Blantyre that: “Ine ndilibe problem”. He was using a popular Zambian song to play down pressure from opposition and critics calling either for his resignation or impeachment.
But speaking at a political mass rally in Lilongwe on Sunday, Chakwera berated Mutharika for laughing at the suffering of Malawians.
“It’s a mockery to Malawians that despite scarcity of maize in Admarc depots, persistent power back out , water problems , shortage of medicine in public hospitals, rising prices of good, economic hardship Malawians are facing , Mutharika can boldly stand and say he has no problems,” bemoaned Chakwera.
Chakwera was speaking during a joint rally at Kalambo School Ground where People’s Party and Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) leaders were in attendance.
“Malawians are sleeping in ADMARC Depots, Malawians are failing to access basic amenities for their daily life, Kwacha is weakening further and yet Mutharika says Ndlibe Problem,” lamented Chakwera.
The opposition leader said Mutharika had broken the economy, and that Malawi is “battling under the burdens of unemployment, crime, power cuts and lack of medicine in public hospitals”.
Chakwera accused Mutharika of simply not caring about the country.
During speeches, MCP’s central region chairman Patrick Chilondola bemoaned high inflation rate and the devaluation of the Kwacha which is hitting Malawians.
Chilondola said Mutharika and his inner circle have no idea about the true state of Malawi economy, “or they know and they simply don’t care. Unfortunately, I suspect it is the latter”
He accused Mutharika of rather caring more about his power, his status and his image than he does about the wellbeing of the country he was elected to lead.
During the rally, MCP Secretary General Gustav Kaliwo, recognised former Official Hostess Mama Cecilia Tamanda Kadzamira.
MCP also welcomed back former Regional Chairman, Daniel Mlomo who went to court challenging election of Chilondolo.
In his brief remarks, Mlomo said he has come with “full force” to work with the new blood.
Mlomo urged other fellow veterans to “MCP renaissance”.
Some of the people who attended the rally were PP Members of Parliament , Roy Akajuwe Banda, Rachel Mazombwe Zulu, Welani Chilenga, former Speaker Louis Chimango who is MCP special advisor on legal affairs and MCP MPs. -Additional reporting by Alfred Chauwa, Nyasa TimesFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :