President Peter Mutharika will today address the nation in attempt to douse the raging economic and political turmoil rocking the country.
State House press secretary Mgeme Kalilani said the address will start on 8:30 pm and will be live at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) radio 1 and MBCtv.
Nyasa Times understands that some issues affecting the public universities, corruption and the dwindling of the country’s economy are among the things.
Apart from that, Mutharika will also tackle on issues of hunger crisis, persistent electricity blackouts and some social problems locked the country.
The speech comes hot on the heals of calls for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to deliver campaign promises and explain the status of the pledges made for people to vote them into power.
The DPP administration is said to have missed its targets already half-way into its five-year mandate.
The following are some of the major promises DPP made in the manifesto that ushred it into office:
- Complete construction of university campuses in Karonga, Mzimba, Nkhotakota, Mangochi, and Nsanje;
- Reduce presidential powers by empowering a special public appointments committee to handle the appointment and removal of top officials in various public institutions such as appointment and removal of the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi, Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
- Others were the Auditor General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Clerk of Parliament, Malawi Human Rights Commission executive secretary, the Malawi Law Commissioner, director general of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) director general, and that leaders of other accountability institutions shall be on merit through a special public appointments committee;
- In Chapter 4 (11) it emphasises zero-tolerance to corruption, fraud, theft and other economic crimes
- To implement recommendations of past constitutional reviews including the facilitation of revised Section 65 on crossing the floor and to bring back of Section 64, on the recall provision;
- Operationalising the Nsanje Inland Port;
- Abolish the coupon system for subsidized farm inputs;
- Make subsidised fertiliser available for every farmer who needs it.
- Cooperate with and collaborate with the civil society and non-governmental organisations and the media; Pass and implement the Access to Information Bill;
In the Weekend Nation, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) public relations officer Alekeni Menyani said DPP administration is acting crookedly with the people who ushered it into office.
While People’s Party vice-president and parliamentarian for Rumphi East Kamlepo Kalua said the DPP “just used their manifesto document to hoodwink people into voting them into power.”