The governing of the country and economic development is being done in the most cursory way like a five-year project, Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) executive director John Kapito has observed.
The Cama boss has hit on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government for the socio-economic woes facing the country.
He argued that the country’s economy is under politicians who are ‘amateurs’ failing to move Malawians out of problems such as drug shortages, lack of maize in Admarc markets and dwindling education standards.
Kapito made the observation in his summary of the 2016 which ends this week.
He said those in corridors of power have taken the country like a five-year project for them to win a general election
“When you are running the country as a project, there are challenges and these are the challenges that we have face in 2016. The [leaders] have no vision beyond five years,” said Kapito.
Kapito expressed skepticism on the ability of the country in 2017 to overcome the challenges that have hit the nation.
He cited high inflation rate, high unemployment rate and corruption to be among the reasons that have set the country on fire.
“We have seen the economy falling in terms of inflation, the Kwacha depreciation at a faster rate and we have seen no investors coming to invest in the country,” he said.
Added Kapito: “We have also seen corruption becoming rife in almost all sectors of Malawi.”
The common factor in all these is the sheer amateurishness of the government machine , saying the leaders are incapable of driving an economic revival.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera agreed with Kapito, saying leaders are busy enriching themselves through corrupt means and are failing to fight corruption because “they themselves are thieves and corrupt”.
He alleged that some government officials are forced into corruption and when they try to reveal culprits are threatened of death.
“The leaders we have are thieves and corrupt,” observed Chakwera.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :