Mutharika prides himself for improving Malawi economy, lives of people

President Peter Mutharika has said the economy has improved in the last four years under his leadership and the welfare of the people has been better under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rule  but economic experts say the economic gains are not trickling to ordinary people.

Mutharika being welcomed by Mzimba District Council chairman, Councillor Fumu Mdolo at Mpherembe –Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Inkosi ya Makosi Mbelwa joins the Ingoma dance –Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

DPP women sing and dance at Mpherembe –Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Zimbuza dance in Mzimba give their performance at Mpherembe –Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Speaking at a political rally on Saturday at Mpherembe in Mzimba, Mutharika  said life is improving for most Malawians.

He said his administration has managed to bring down inflation from 34 per cent four years ago to single digit of seven percent.

“As of now, we have a historic US$9 billion in both local and international reserves. This is unprecedented. We have a record three months import cover,” he said.

The Malawi leader said people’s housing is improving in rural areas and grass thatched houses are being phased out in most villages of the country.

Notably, he said,  the mode of transport is changing in most rural communities as many people can now afford motorcycles as they migrate from the bicycle.

“Above all, Malawians have enough food,” said Mutharika who stressed that he inherited almost a bankrupt country from his predecessor Joyce Banda after the Cashgate corruption scandal.

But economic experts say the economic gains are not benefitting ordinary people, saying the economic policies are not ordinary person friendly.

DPP campaign for next year’s elections is overshadowed by reports that President Mutharika may have benefitted from K145 million proceeds from a crime after an Indian businessman Zameer Karim deposited the money into the DPP bank account to which he is the sole signatory.

Mutharika has not commented on the issue but his spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said the money was a gift and the President did not know that the money was from proceeds of K1.7 billion policegate.

Oxfam and other organisations have issued reports which show that the gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen.

Mutharika lined up development projects and programs which his administration has done and other projects and programs his administration intends to undertake.

In his address,  Mutharika says his government will construct more tarmac roads in Mzimba to open up the biggest district in the country to other parts of the country.

“Mzimba District is vast and a lot of areas are located far apart; therefore, to connect them, there is need to construct more tarmac roads.

“To this effect, my government has plans to construct the Kafukule road which will be an extension from Jenda-Edingeni road whose construction is already underway,” he said.

The President was responding to a request by Paramount Chief M’mbelwa who asked the government to consider constructing the Kafukule road.

“The Jenda-Edingeni road is very critical to the social economic development of many areas in the district.

“I need to also state here that I have plans to even extend this road so that it goes all the way to Kafukule and then link with the Nyika-Nthalire road to Chitipa,” he said.

Mutharika further said soon his government would be constructing Manolo Bridge on South Rukulu River in the district which, he said, is critical as it links Mzimba north and south, administratively.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
WINA RUMPHI
Guest

Mr. president what are you going to do with the 145,000,000 you received from Pioneer Investment?
Mr. President did you earn the 145,000,000 you received from Pioneer investment?
Mr. President for how long have been stealing from Malawians using this method?
Mr. President are your biological children happy with your behavior of stealing?

ndatopa
Guest
ndatopa

Mr President, people are leaving in adjunct poverty, if you call that economic progress then Malawians we are doomed!!! You need one day leave the comfort zone of State House and go to Mbayani, Ntandile, Zolozolo and see what urban poverty looks like!!!! im not even talking about about people in the villages!!! its a crying shame!

#DzukaniAmalawi
Guest
#DzukaniAmalawi

In his world he sees development. In his eyes he sees Malawi as developed as Europe and yet Malawians still regards this man as visionary and caring; now who is insane? Peter or those who vote for him back in power?

Gucci Grace
Guest
Gucci Grace

When are you addressing the nation about the illegal transaction scandal Of MK145M you are squarely involved in Sir???? The nation is waiting for answers!!!!

comrade
Guest
comrade

The plans this fool is talking about have been on paper for time immemorial, where has he been the last 4 yrs????????

#DzukaniAmalawi
Guest
#DzukaniAmalawi

Munthuyu mukamusekelera atipha tonse a Malawi. He is definately laughing at our suffering and its not normal for a leader. This is the kind of an elder who laughs and jokes around at a funeral. People are dying and he’s happy.

Chilungamo
Guest
Chilungamo

SPOT ON Mr president!
It’s because you are surrounded by people whose lives have REALLY improved drastically. Before DPP, a Dausi ankayenda pansi tima bridge taku Poly from Chichiri side, nsapato ili fumbi mbu!!! a Nankhumwa ali ku MBC anali munthu ovetsa chisoni, Ben was virtually unknown & poor, etc.
But under your watch, IMF reports that Malawi has become the poorest nation on earth-GDP indicator. Forget FAKE meaningless data that translate into NOTHING kwa munthu waku mudzi.
SHAME!!!

James
Guest
James

Uplifting people lives? APM wathadi nzeru.

DPP
Guest
DPP

Does he know that children died in school after a wall fell on them and that’s the kind of the majority of schools we have. Why are people wasting time gathering to listen to him. Why not just impeach him.

#DzukaniAmalawi
Guest
#DzukaniAmalawi

If a head of state seems to regard the economy and people’s lives having improved over the last 4 years then God have mercy. If this is the kind of of Malawi we should expect in the next 5 years then we have no visionary leader with a dream worth following. Our own president has set the bar so low that he regards the current socio-economic standing of Malawians as worth praising. This is a joke. Malawians are at the poorest levels since independence. Economic growth, low inflation and 4 months import cover are all statstalkingto those who are active… Read more »

ndele
Guest
ndele

cumba kugula mbereko

More From Nyasatimes