Malawi major opposition parties have said there is hard life affection people in the country and a Liberation Movement (LM) leaders have sicne called on President Peter Mutharika to listen to the cries of the suffering citizens, warning that their grievances could “soon explode into civil unrest if not addressed.”
The opposition have expressed concern with the grim economic conditions and are calling on President Mutharika to address Parliament and give an assessment on how things are.
And the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) expressed their dissatisfaction with governance in the country including worsening corruption that is widening the gap between the rich and the poor.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP), president Lazarus Chakwera, who is also leader of opposition in Parliament, is calling on Mutahrika to “give an honest assessment” of the situation of the state of the nation.
“Malawians are suffering. It’s not a myth,” said Chakwera.
He said constitutionally, the President is required to address the Parliament and give an assessment as what the state of the nation is.
United Democratic Front (UDF) which is in parliamentary alliance with the ruling Democrraic Progressive Party (DPP) had also agreed with the opoosition concerns on political, social and economic meltdown, which is causing untold suffering of the masses.
UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga said each passing day Malawians are complaining because of the hard life they are experiencing and a detailed statement of hope would be crucial.
“As political parties, we are facing a lot of pressure from our people on the suffering they are experiencing. In all fairness ,Malawians are complaining about the poor delivery of public services and perhaps it is time government made a detailed statement that would give them hope,” Ndanga said as quoted in The Nation newspaper on Friday.
Meanwhile, Liberation Movement leaders who have asked for their identities to be shielded , saying theirs is an underground movement championing change, told Nyasa Times that Mutharika government should address “these genuine concerns of the citizens to avoid the total collapse of the state,” noting the “need to act justly and mercifully on behalf of the poor.”
Because Malawi “have lost confidence and trust in Mutharika government,” there is an urgent need for a national dialogue between the government and other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the crisis, the movement said.
The Movement said they will take the “liberation struggle” to another level, saying there is no use being quiet about it and hoping that someone somewhere would say it.
National Secretary Martin Chiphwanya speaking at a news conference in Lilongwe said his organisation is concerned the way government has handled cases of human trafficking, corruption, continued looting of public resources and lack of communication on important matters.
“We note with great concern of the lack of properly coordinated communication system within the government on matters of national importance. The issue surrounding the head of State’s health created unnecessary tension and panic due to failure by authorities to give the nation a timely update about other engagements.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :