Former Malawi Vice President Justin Malewezi has trashed President Peter Mutharika as a liar misleading the people to fall for his deceptions that the country is on track to economic recovery. Malewezi observed that Mutharika’s failure to acknowledge that Malawi’s economy is in “dire straits” over fears that people will lose hope in his leadership is a threat to devising effective recovery plans.
Malewezi told one of the local papers that the country will need years to recover from the current economic meltdown. This is in contrast to claims that Mutharika made last week that the economy would pick up by next month.
But Malewezi urged Malawians to ignore Mutharika, saying the President lied on how long it would take the country’s economy to pick up.
“No not soon, we have a long way to go, to simplify in terms of economics the time Malawi will export more than what it imports that’s when we will start making progress,” Malewezi has been quoted as saying.
The ex-Veep has said that the economy can only be salvaged if Mutharika stops living in denial.
“In politics you don’t want to make people feel like everything is gone, you give hope but the reality is that this economy is in dire straits, once we accept that then we must start planning what to do to retrieve it, it can be retrieved if we put right policies and right people behind it,” Malewezi said.
Malewezi urged the public not to fall for the Mutharika-deception, saying the Kwacha’s depreciation against the foreign currencies is a clear sign that things are falling apart in Malawi. Kwacha has depreciated against the US dollar by a record 24.55 percent for the past ten month. The IMF projections also revealed that GDP growth has depreciated to 3 percent in 2015 from 5.7 percent in 2014.