Owen Khamula – Nyasa Times
President Peter Mutharika has hit back at opposition leaders for declaring his state of the nation address empty, saying the opposition have always failed to understand his development agenda.
Mutharika said this in Kasungu on his way to the northern region where he is expected to undertake a dozen official engagements including the opening of the renamed Bingu Highway formerly Karonga-Chitipa Road built by the Chinese givernment.
“I was in parliament on Friday, I spoke for one and half hours and somebody said my speech was empty. I know he did not understand it, it was beyond his comprehension,” said Mutharika in vernacular Chichewa.
He was directly hitting at Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera who said the President failed to provide prescription for Malawi’s problems, saying there was no insight t ending of the economic and social problems rocking the country.
However, Mutharika said his administration has better plans to develop Malawi to new heights than the opposition.
“We are buying 1.2 million metric tonnes of maize this year to avert food shortages, we have already started sourcing the maize,” said Mutharika.
Peoples Party acting president Uladi Mussa however described Mutharika’s speech as flat and empty, saying Mutharika is inept.
Muss also went on alleging Mutharika administration is recalling diplomats from Malawi missions just to replace them with ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials and their relatives – unacceptable nepotism.
He said the DPP led government is full of people from the Lhomwe tribe as if one tribe is superior than the other.