Consumer Association of Malawi (Cama) on Thursday organised a peaceful march in commemoration of the World Consumer Rights Day and Cama executive director John Kapito led the gathering in Blantyre accusing opposition political parties, saying they have failed to offer alternative solutions to the current economic and social problems facing poor Malawians.
Cama held a march in regards to World Consumer Rights Day from Blantyre Old Town Hall through highway to Chichiri Shopping Mall round about back to Blantyre.
“The opposition parties are clueless and visionless. The opposition has never provided the poor with alternatives shadow-budget and national programmes.
“The opposition leadership is full of people from one tribe. The opposition has failed to represent the interests of the poor in Parliament,” said outspoken Kapito.
He also said the main opposition party [Malawi Congress Party (MCP)] has prioritized mourning for its failure to the past elections rather than assisting poor Malawians.
Kapito further alleged is shrouded with corrupt practices that have diminished the support of the poor.
“The oppositionis greedy for power while offering nothing for the benefit of the poor,” said Kapito.
He also faulted government for failing to operationalize the Consumer Protection law thereby creating poverty amongst Malawians.
According to him, poor people are dying of hunger due to lack of vision by the country’s leadership.
“Give us the maize now not promises. Poor people are spending days and nights on long queues for maize at empty Admarc depots.
“Poor people are failing to access health services including food in public hospitals. We demand to the know the culprits who embezzled K577 billion of tje poor’s money,” said Kapito.
He also said there is rampant corruption amongst Cabinet Ministers and some senior government officials and ruling party officials.
Kapito then asked President Peter Mutharika to reshuffle his Cabinet and fire incompetent Ministers.
“Cabinet Ministers and advisors are misleading the President on how to run the affairs of the country.
“Government should have an open – door policy to accommodate those that support or criticize its policies,” said Kapito.
He therefore said it was high time Malawians started demanding their rights from duty bearers, hence ‘Poor Lives Matter Campaign’.
The campaign is aimed are encouraging Malawians to start speaking against rampant economic and social injustices.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :