State House says Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) ‘life’ chairman, John Kapito, “jobless” after he was dropped from the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), is so bitter with President Joyce Banda and her administration thereby launching a denigration campaign against the President over the issue of devaluation.
In the wake of recent industrial action by employees in some parastatal organizations, Kapito has been making “unwarranted demands” on government that the Banda administration should step down or call for early elections because it has allegedly failed to cushion people from the effects of the devaluation, according to State House.
Kapito, who had been chairperson of the MHRC for several years until mid this year, was not reappointed when a new commission was reinstituted.
He is on record to have claimed government rejected his organization’s proposal on how best to deal with the effects of the devaluation on consumers. The said proposal however turned out to be a proposal CAMA was supposed to present to its donors for funding.
Commenting on Kapito’s charges, Presidential Press Secretary Steven Nhlane said Kapito’s demands are unwarranted.
“Her Excellency Mrs. Joyce Banda has done so much to turn around the economy. She has been fighting to improve an economy that was tittering on the verge of collapse for three years,” Nhlane told Nyasa Times.
“You cannot expect the multitude of problems that accumulated for three to disappear within four months. Let’s appreciate good things sometimes. What she has done is there for all to see,” said Nhlane.
Nhlane said that as for the devaluation, it is the evil that we all have to bear with at this point in time, hoping, however, that things will be better sooner rather than later.
“Devaluation was the necessary pain that we all have to endure to get better. People should be patient. Besides government is discussing with the concerned employees and their unions to resolve the issues over salary increments,” Nhlane said.
The Presidential press secretary added that the call for the government to step down or an early election is totally uncalled for, arguing it is only inciting people to stage more sit-ins and therefore irresponsible for someone who ought to be patriotic.
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