The Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has rolled off a campaign dubbed ‘Poor Lives Matter’ which is aimed at encouraging Malawians to start demanding their social and economic rights.
The campaign is mainly aimed at ensuring that consumers have a voice against increased social and economic injustices.
Cama Executive Director John Kapito told journalists that Malawians are grappling with increased inflation and interest rates and that their buying is dwindling each passing day.
Kapito asserted President Peter Mutharika’s “two year honeymoon is over”, saying Malawians will no longer tolerate the runaway inflation and continued depreciation of the local currency which is skyrocketing the cost of living.
“Yes, Mutharika took over the Presidency at a critical time, the previous government had depleted the resources through cashgate at Capital Hill and Malawians did understand the situation and his government promised to resuscitate the economy.
“Two years down the line, things are getting worse, consumers and industries are still faced with high inflation and interest rates. How can businesses and companies grow with such high inflation and interest rates. Amalawi asiya kutenga ngongole ku bank, akukhalira katapira,” said Kapito.
He added, “The government should come out in the open and explain what policies they will pursue to address th economy other than reducing the appetite for borrowing.”
The outspoken consumer rights activists said the runaway inflation is driving up the cost of living and increasing social stress in the country.
He also said some companies have made job cuts.
“We are calling all Malawians including the media to be part of this campaign. It’s not about John Kapito, its about Malawians who are highly hit by this harsh economic environment.
“We want government to know that high inflation rate has eroded people’s buying power and we can hardly provide our familes with basic needs. Government count it all joy that Malawians have not started down tools over high cost of living,” said Kapito.
Zeroing on maize situations, Kapito called on President Mutharika to fire top Admarc officials including the executive director for depriving the people of maize.
Recently, Mutharika warned of taking tough stand against unscrupulous private traders and some “unpatriotic” Admarc officials believed to be conniving with thw private grain traders to deprive the people of the staple food.
However, Kapito said this was not enough, saying the President should have acted by removing top management officials to send strong warn to others.
“The President conceded that there is corrupt Admarc officials. He must fire Admarc top officials including its executive director. We expected arrests and disciplinary action against these unpatriotic officials.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :