Mutharika seeks Angola help to abate fuel crisis

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika dispatched deputy minister in the Office of President and Cabinet Nicholas Dausi to Angola to deliver a message to President José Eduardo dos Santo.

The text in the memo Dausi delivered were not divulged.

But sources say Mutharika is seeking help from Angolan leader to the current fuel crisis in Malawi. Angola is currently producing 2million barrels a day of crude oil, it has huge foreign resrves with an import cover of 3 years.

The GDP has grown from USD10billion in 2002 to currently USD110 billion. Malawi is only USD4billlinbut with almost same population size.

Dausi presenting Mutharika's memo to Angolan president. Photo Credit: Journal De Angola

When Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe had been hit hard by the economic crisis Eduardo dos Santos rescued him with an import cover and fuel supplies, that enabled him to keep afloat.

According to Journal de Angola, Dausi hailed the “good relations” between Angola and the Malawi in the bilateral plan and the scope of the SADC and the African Union.

Dausi affirmed that Angola is one of the countries with good economic growth and that José Eduardo dos Santos “is a great African politician, a huge son of this great continent that is Africa”.

“For we, in the Malawi, Angola constitute our ambition, we dream to arrive at the development level that Angola reached,” he said.

Malawi is on political knife-edge as pressure mounts on Mutharika, who is presiding over a deepening economic crisis that has seen deepening poverty and unemployment.

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