MP Lunguzi gets tough on Sona: ‘Reduced inflation not benefitting villagers’

Vocal Dedza East Legislator, Juliana Lunguzi, says Malawi’s current macro-economic outlook with a single digit inflation, is overly praised “cooked up” economics which does not mean anything to a common Malawian.

Lunguzi: we cannot in good conscience support tHe current status quo

She said this in Parliament on Tuesday when responding to President Peter Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered on Friday last week during the opening of the 3rd meeting in the 47th session of Parliament and 2018/2019 budget meeting.

“Much as we want to celebrate such inflation rate, we also need to think about how much this is benefiting a common villager,” Lunguzi told the largely deserted  House.

Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) applauded the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) youthful Parliamentarian as she spoke.

According to Mutharika’s SONA, four years ago, inflation which was at 24 per cent, has moved to a single digit of 7.8 percent.

Interest rates, which were at 25 percent, are now at 16 percent.

Foreign currency import cover moved to the highest point from an import cover of below 2 months to 6 months.

The SONA further says the local currency is now stable and predictable.

GDP Growth rate in 2018 is expected to be at 4 per cent and in 2019 at 6 percent.

“This outlook shows signs of progress with more people participating in the economy to create their own opportunities. Consumers tell us prices of many goods in shops and fares of buses have been stable. Malawians are buying more cars than ever because more and more people can afford a car,” reads part of Mutharika’s SONA which was disrupted twice by the marauding youth cadets of his own ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The youth cadets beat up a Times Group cameraman, harassed and restrained from entering the Chinese built Parliament two DPP legislators Patricia Kaliati and Noel Masangwi.

But Lunguzi tore the SONA apart, disagreeing with Mutharika on the purported benefits of the “flowery” macro-economic outlook.

“What does this mean to a villager who in 2014 bought a packet of sugar at less than 500 kwacha which is now costing nearly 1000 kwacha? Water and electricity tariffs have risen to unmanageable levels”.

Lunguzi, a qualified medical personnel, also expressed her dismay with the deteriorating health infrastructure in the country, noting that there is little investment in the maintenance of such infrastructure.

Her sentiments on health prompted Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi to rise on a point of order.

“Madam First Deputy Speaker, Government has a plan and is currently doing its best to maintain dilapidated health infrastructure in the country,” said the usually calm and composed , Atupele Muluzi.

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Nick
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Nick

Why the fuss and criticism about MP Lunguzi being in nursing. A big problem in Malawi is that successive governments have had no value for lives. Maybe she could change this mentality. Does she stand up in Parliament against corruption. Yes. Can younger politicians force the changes Malawians desperately need? People forced change in America and Europe. Why not get behind the Nurse. Lunguzi for President

Chifundo
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Chifundo

Kodi iwe Lunguzi economics yake unapangira kuti?,U know the truth that even if MCP comes to power today the economic outlook can not change overnight and because you want to grab power thats why kulubwalubwa uku…Munya a MCP boma simungatenge ili…No matter what if a DPP sitingalole kuti boma lipite ku kongeresi even if it means shedding blood!!!!!!

LIPHAVA NAMANDWA NGOLINGOLIWA
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LIPHAVA NAMANDWA NGOLINGOLIWA

Stupid talk Chifundo. But MCP will win next year, wina afune or asafune. And we will also shed your blood as the icing on their win. Stupid. You think you are as fearless and as many as this side of the opposition? Your fucking tribalist Government is ruling from the Capital Hill of Chewaland and taking away their tobacco dollars to the South. Stupid. Chewas have the economic power to sabotage this economy by denying your fucking sadistic DPP the tobacco dollars to buy fuel. You should thank the Chewas for being selfless even under such political adversity and gloss… Read more »

M Sizini
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M Sizini

The proper function of government is not to provide economic statistics that pander to the confirmation bias of its supporters. Its proper function is to increase the happiness and quality of life of its people. If the government can show that the economy of the country has greatly improved, but the Gross National Happiness Index shows that Malawians are increasingly miserable, this is clear evidence that there is no direct correlation between national economic success and individual happiness. Inflation is at 7.8% and interest rates are at 16%. If these figures represented some of the vital signs of one of… Read more »

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

I Urge the Mp for dedza East to continue articulating real issues on the ground and the suffering people are going through. Its really pathetic. Even the actionAid is saying the same.

wodyazake akibe mulandu
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wodyazake akibe mulandu

This is what we have been saying this govt is busy cooking figures but realty on the ground is zero -lOOK Lilongwe any thing new from DPP gOVT THESE PPLE ARE BUSY STEALING THATS THEIR ACHIEVEMENT

Mulopwana
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Mulopwana

It is not easy for a Nurse to understand what inflation means. No wonder Mayi Lunguzi is confused with the Sona Address by APM. Someone who has managed to bring the inflation rate from double digit to single digit in four years need to be commended. I am not a politician but a technocrat base in the diaspora. When i travel to Malawi i really see the developments that the DPP government has achieved in less than five years. The problem in Malawi is jealous. Pple want to see monies go into their pocket and they will call that development.… Read more »

Youna
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Youna

You sound very confused and desperate to get wrong things right.

Martin
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Martin

So which development are you talking about-in Malawi? Low inflation means low cost of living as your buying power have been cushioned by the low inflation. So tell me, what is it that is cheaper now in Malawi than 4 years ago especially when you claim inflation is 4 times lower than then? lt looks like you are the one who doesn’t understand the word inflation.

ade
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ade

Are you sure?? Development worth beating a drum about in the last four years Mr Diaspora??

kanchenga
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kanchenga

And Malawians will continue to suffer as they have done the past 20 years. By the way what are you doing there if everything is moving forward here. Kutsuka zilonda za nkhalamba bangs tongs to uni nd i anti ozindikila

Chifundo
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Chifundo

You are just on point Comrade..Loud mouthed Lunguzi is just more or less a layman when it comes to economics.As you put it, she is just a nurse who can not understand inflation but is power hungry..For the past four years we have made huge strides in as far as infrastructure development is concerned, food security, human rights, tertiary education, banks and companies have posted huge profits for 2017…….Those who are making noise are just jealous or they are not honest to themselves….Tikati the economy is improving sikuti aliyensetu amakhala ndi ndarama mthumba ayi, ndipo sikuti umphawi umatheratu ayi .Even… Read more »

LIPHAVA NAMANDWA NGOLINGOLIWA
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LIPHAVA NAMANDWA NGOLINGOLIWA

Further hallucinations from Chifundo. Tamangosetani nkhalambazo kumeneko. Nkhalamba ina ndiimene muli nayo kunoyi yomwe ikufuna kuyimanso. Udzayitenge kuti uzikayiseta pafupi komweko.

Ma diaspora ambirinu you are very useless. Chikondi is one of them.

LIPHAVA NAMANDWA NGOLINGOLIWA
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LIPHAVA NAMANDWA NGOLINGOLIWA

Another stupid commentor from South Malawi where most of the budget money goes. Lilongwe is just their THEBA POINT using Capital Hill to steal taxes and whisk them to South Malawi. Lilongwe and it’s Districts are manufacturers of tobacco dollars for the thieving South Malawi’s 4 districts of the Lomwes to abuse.

Zam'tonda
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Zam'tonda

Atupele stop owning the national health services you inherited a dying from your Dad now don’t play pranks with the nation by surfacing 2050 vision while the honourable lady from Dedza is outlining the challenges ordinary Malawians are facing she is cracking a whip on SONA fiction. She has listed the examples that touch the common people across our Malawi. Remember Mr Atupele that you’ve done extremely well in protecting your father from the courts which Bingu unleashed on him keep your filthy trap shut

Awize
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Awize

For those who did economics, accounting or finance can better understand issues of inflation, unemployment, market structure, international trade, etc. Reduction in inflation rate does not necessarily mean that everybody is better, NO WAY. We only look at major macroeconomic issues affecting the country. General increase of prices of goods and services, valuation of the local currency, etc. Several factors can also be considered to say our inflation has lowered. Very difficult for others to understand these things. Let someone not get confused here.

Wazahhh
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Wazahhh

I agree with you DzukaniAmalawi.. the word vocal is not appropriate.. is it that we expect our MP’s to go in parliament and just sit phwiii and not fight for what as a nation we deserve?? Lest you are termed vocal?? za ziii! Malawians deserve more in terms of Health/Education/ Economy etc naye Atupele.. kodi ma plan a government mpaka zaka 20 something since your father took over we just see things getting worse and worse.. Does he even know that an additional crisis is coming in this country in terms of drug abuse and if nothing is done now… Read more »

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

I wouldn’t characterise the MP (Dedza East) as vocal; she’s merely doing her job in alerting the government on infringing peoples human right to dignity among which is the provision of decent health facilities. I don’t know why any good standing Mp would even argue with what Dedza East MP is raising. Malawi’s health system is a death machine. The government response to this tragedy is a mere plan that will only be realised in 2050 when most of the sitting MP’s are long dead. DPP please stop playing with peoples health, social security, education and shelter. These are basic… Read more »

dada imma
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dada imma

i wish this young parliamentarian could have come from Rumphi central. continue madam with what you do to your people. your arguments are well supported.they are true.

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