Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker, Symon Vuwa Kaunda has defended President Joyce Banda administration’s instituted economic recovery reforms, saying it needs more time to achieve its plans and questioned the rationally by consumer rights watchdog to hold street protests.
Kaunda’s sentiments has since contradicted his party’s recent comments, which accused government for failing to do much on bailing out the country from the current economic challenges.
Speaking in an interview on Capital Radio monitored by Nyasa Times, Kaunda rubbished the touted Thursday national wide demonstrations championed by Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama), saying they will only result into chaos and vandalism.
“This government has put economic recovery plan to bring back the economy, why can’t we understand? It has been in place for only nine months, really do we need to demonstrate against it. Do you think it can achieve anything in nine months? We need to give it time,” said Kaunda.
Kaunda said being a victim of July 20, 2011 demonstration, he would not be happy to see the consumers taking to the streets on January 17th to protest against President Banda’s administration failure to address current economic challenges, which include high inflation rate and uncontrolled fuel pricing.
He backed the stand taken by some religious organizations, vendors and some civil society organizations that are opting for dialogue instead of the demonstrations.
“I was one of those who suffered a lot during the July 20 demonstrations and I would not love to see such thing happening again. If the church, NGOs, vendors and others are against the demonstrations, why are the organizers not taking a heed of the appeal and call for dialogue?
“As DPP we have refused to take a stand on the demonstrations because we know what happen. As a party that represents the will of the people, that is why we are not supporting the demonstrations,” he added.
Surprisingly, Kaunda has been named among other notable DPP top officials including as targets by the ruling PP to rope them in their rank and file.
Meanwhile, Cama has assured the nation that the demonstrations will still take place as planned despite the pulling out of some of the members of the organizing committee, which include chairperson for Blantyre chapter, Mac Xitings Mdoka and its spokesperson, Kingsley Mabalani.