Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president John Tembo on Monday threw away his prepared speech in response to the State of the Nation address delivered President Joyce Banda last Friday, which had attacks on the administration and avoided to directly attack the current administration.
The only areas of note for Tembo, who is also Leader of the Opposition, were when he urged government to do away with the farm input subsidy programme and instead to come up with a realistic price of the fertiliser so that it should be available to all Malawians instead of the targeted approach.
He said so far poor Malawians are not benefitting from the programme.
“When you go to the villages and ask people they will tell you that they are buying a bag of fertiliser at K14,000, the question is where then are the people buying at K500,” he said.
Tembo backed the Banda administration on the economic status of the country saying that the economic hardships were a creation of the DPP government.
He said President Banda started well but has been destructed by the same people who spoiled the previous DPP government.
Tembo urged President Banda to clean up the system and all the structures to ensure that her government delivers.
“This government gave hope to Malawians but the systems are not clean, it is full of the the same people who were stealing in the previous government,” he said.
Tembo’s prepared speech among several issues talked about rampant corruption and abuse of national resources, the floatation of the kwacha, the travels by the President, and government failure to keep its promise of having the opposition covered on national MBC radio and TV. He touched none of these issues.