People’s Party ‘Orange Intellectuals’ bemoan 2011

The ‘Orange Intellectuals’, a People’s Party (PP) wing that comprises college and university students, says the year 2011 has been the “lowest since Malawi attained its independence in 1964,” citing the worsening of social, political and economic order under the leadership of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

In a“New Year’s Message”,  Orange Intellectuals wish  all Malawians a blessed 2012 with full of personal and national achievements.

“2011 has been the lowest year since independence. We call upon the citizenry to pray for the leadership to be God-fearing than to boast of being demon possessed and publicly declaring they can’t act the Jesus way,” the wing said in a statement to Nyasa Times.

People's Party members: The future is orange

Orange Intellectuals encourage members of the clergy and Joyce Banda (People’s Party leader and State Vice President) to continuously seek God’s intervention in order for the country’s social, economic and political woes to disappear.

“Madam Banda has always put God first as seen by her charitable acts and her frequent visit to various religious gatherings like at TB Joshua Synagogue,” the group said, urging Malawians not to rely on “human power alone” but most importantly, the Creator of Life.

Orange Intellectuals added that Malawians can only look to God to “free us from the calamities that befell us in 2011”.

“2012 should be the year of academic freedom; the year of fuel; the year of forex; the year of fertilizer; the year of food and drink (maize and softies); the year of free demonstrations; the year of fair tobacco prices; and the year of no government-sponsored murder of university students.”


On the political front, the group  noted that the year 2011 had seen a lot cracks within the leadership of the major opposition parties and that it was only the PP which proved to be a viable party as it remained intact “from the word go”.

“There are several factions in the UDF, there are cracks in the MCP; we cannot continue at the rate we’re going because united we stand and divided we fall,” said the group, with hopes  that the PP would remain united and give the people of Malawi their deserved alternative government in 2014.

Malawi is facing one of the worst economic problems in history, with most of the service stations stocking no fuel and forex is scarce. Motorists queue for fuel hours on end and public hospitals have inadequate medical supplies, among other woes.

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