Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokeswoman Dr Jessie Kabwila has accused the Peter Mutharika government of being “clueless” and failing to win donor confidence.
“This [DPP] government is clueless, the opposition is reminding them what to do all times,” said Kabwila in apparent reference to the effective critique the opposition lawmakers have been making to the 2015/16 proposed budget statement.
She said “there is a disconnect” in government policy and the implementation.
“We have the opposition that knows what they are doing, which is oversight role,” said Kabwila.
“We are talking of budget that has not attracted budget funding. This is a clear indication that they have not managed to win donor confidence,” said the MCP spokeswoman.
She said government should resolve the K92 billion cashgate without any underhand tactics.
Meanwhile, Kabwila has said MCP has been vindicated by the findings of Institute of Public Opinion and Research (Ipor) conducted a survey led by Boniface Dulani, a University of Malawi academic and Afrobarometer representative, which shows that there are low levels of trust ratings for President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)., saying the party was really robbed victory in the 2014 Tripartite elections.
The survey was conducted in Rumphi, Salima and Thyolo districts and shows Mutharika has a high approval rating of 59 percent but established under political assessment that there are low levels of trust ratings for Mutharika in Thyolo and Salima.
“This is very interesting just a year in office, even people from your own home which a person gets more support, you are not trusted, what more with those who don’t know you, will they walk with you?.
“This just shows DPP are ruling behind back door by stealing MCP’S victory. Even, Malawi Human Rights Commission’s reports stated that elections were not credible. Isn’t the same Afrobarometer which predicted victory to DPP, now is saying something different?” said Kabwila,
She continued: “MCP is the party Malawians must trust. We will be monitoring very closely on other critical issues such as the MK92 billion report which government is failing to release in parliament as reports show that DPP gurus are implicated in the saga.
With the report’s title, “Democratic Governance and People’s Assessment of President Peter Muthalika’s One Year in Office”, the survey established that concerns were raised on the liberalisation of the public media such as MBC, Mana and no major progress on promises to trim presidential powers, lack of leadership on critical issues such as salaries, State-owned Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) sale and “focus on trivia”, among others.
Presidential adviser on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Mabvuto Bamusi said the results are not true reflection of what is happening on the ground as the survey has largely depended on politics.
The survey had a representative sample of people 18 years and above and used quota system through face-to-face interviews in their Chichewa, Chitumbuka, or English in few cases as interviews were done between March and May 2, 2015.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :