By Wanga Gwede, Nyasa Times
President Bingu wa Mutharika’s good gesture of inviting vendors to Sanjika Palace has turned into blame to the Head of State that he disturbed their businesses because they failed to ply their trade on the next day due to hangover.
“We dined and guzzled a lot of beer with the President. Most vendors failed to report for their businesses because of hangover. Many were too drunk to manage to wake up for business,” said one vendor at Blantyre market.
Another vendor at the same market said the day Bingu invited them was like Christmas feast and they spared no food or drink.
“It is a rare case to drink at State House. I drank a variety of beers and as I was coming from there, I could not balance my body. My friends had to help me. I failed to wake up on the next day because I was too drunk.
“While I appreciate the gesture of the president, the beers choked our businesses on the following day but anyway what else can we do. We just ask him to give us enough money for our businesses,” the vendor said.
Mutharika has recently found solace in vendors amid the political crisis in the country. He invited vendors in Blantyre and Mzuzu cities to State House where have them too much food and beers.
The President promised to give each market in Blantyre K1 million (about $6 578) personal money as a fulfilment of his campaign promise for soft loans to vendors. He Mutharika asked the vendors in markets such as Ndirande, Bangwe and others to form committees and open bank accounts in which to deposit the money
He also pleaded with the vendors not to participate in future demonstrations.