Malawi President Peter Mutharika says he understands the tough economic situation the country is going through and the need for solutions.
Mutharika said this today when he was presiding over the opening of the 46th Session of Parliament in Lilongwe.
In his speech, themed “Building Resilience for Sustainable Development”, Mutharika described Malawi’s economic status as being at a critical stage.
The Malawi leader pointed out food shortage, low availability of drugs the health sector has been facing, and depreciation of the Kwacha as the major challenges Malawians are undergoing.
He therefore asked people in the country to stop blaming one another on the challenges striking the country.
“Many Malawians are still struggling to survive we speak. But hard times should teach us hard lessons for lasting solutions. The tougher the times, the tougher we must be. And we can turn our challenges into stepping stones for building a resilient economy.”
“But sadly our democracy seems to have taken away our national duty and sense of responsibility. Our freedom of speech has become a celebration for blaming and counter-blaming one another. We are wasting precious time.”
“Our style of democracy seems to be our curse more than a blessing for us. But our children will never forgive us for wasting time and failing to develop Malawi now. History will never forgive us,” he said.
As mechanisms for addressing the challenges, Mutharika said government will continue cutting down on expenditure and upgrading the Integrated Finance Management and Information System (IFMIS) and other related systems to guard against any mismanagement of public resources.
He also promised to eliminate ghost workers as part of correcting things. “We have also launched a head count of public employees to eliminate ghost workers who are inflating the wage bill. We will aggressively pursue those civil servants who are creating ghost workers and bring them to justice,” he said.
“They cannot escape and they cannot hide from the eyes of the law.”
During this session of Parliament, members are expected to discuss a number of bills including Access to Information (ATI) bill.