Malawi ‘recognized’ for economic crisis, poor governance –UN

During the year 2011, the global economic crisis combined with poor governance, financial mismanagement and unpredictable rainfall patterns pushed several African countries to a point of crisis and Malawi was not spared.

The country’s escalating social and economic crisis which left many common people grinding their teeth in the year has not just gone unnoticed.

The Bingu wa Mutharika administration has ‘scoped’ second position for consistently grabbing headlines for bad articles as covered by IRIN , a UN news service in Southern Africa.

Magolowondo: Aid will remain critical.

IRIN is an award winning premier online humanitarian news and analysis service launched in 1995 by United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Standing for Integrated Regional Information Networks, IRIN, is a non-profit project of the UN’s OCHA with an independent editorial team and is funded by voluntary contributions from governments and other institutions.

Donor withdraw

Malawi, dependent for 40 percent of its budget on donors, has fallen out of favour with Western donors following concerns about human rights and poor governance, and funding has either been withheld or not renewed

Donor withdraw left  Mutharika undaunted  and he vowed a zero-deficit 2011-2012 budget  which has proved  to be a “failed experiment” accordig to economic experts.

The country’s petrol stations are now characterized by long queues and some  teachers  have gone for months without salaries,  exhibiting the signs of bankruptcy of government of mutharika  which is increasingly perceived as intolerant to dissenting voices.

Political analyst Augustine Magolowondo told IRIN that Mutharika had illustrated that he was prepared for a “showdown with particularly Western donors [but] the nature of Malawi’s economy, however, is such that for the foreseeable future, aid will remain critical.

“The continued sour relations between the president and development partners will, unfortunately, have negative consequences as at some point it will become clear that [the Malawi] government cannot go it alone,” he said.

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