Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its Members of Parliament (MPs) have come under fire for not providing effective opposition to get the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government on its toes to deliver on the plethora of promises and assurances it gave the people per its 2014 tripartite elections manifesto.
Issues at the hearts of Malawians seem to be ignored as the leading opposition party is focused on internal bickering.
The DPP government continues to get away with unfulfilled promises against the backdrop of a non-vibrant opposition that seems to be sleeping on the job and remains a massive disappointment to the people of Malawi who relies on it to get the government to run the nation in the right way.
In an interview with Malawi24, Chancellor College based political scientist Mustafa Hussein urged the opposition to reflect on the current situation of the country rather than focusing on criticisms that are not constructive.
Hussein said that the opposition has not given the alternatives that government should perceive in order to address the challenges that Malawi is facing.
“MCP has failed to provide measures on how best government can convince donors, what should be done to improve the economy; policy measures to be taken have not been articulated to government and the public”
“The problem is that politicians are not skeptical the way they conduct themselves, there is always a gap in what is in the manifesto and what they do. We have to move a step further not just in words but action as well,” he said.
He also hinted that Chakwera is not giving sufficient hope as the person to take over come 2019.
While poor Malawians are suffering, Chakwera and his deputy, Richard Msowoya have unnecessarily spent over K300 million on four top of the range vehicles.
The vehicles includes the state of the art Toyota Land cruiser V8 which cost about K96 million for Speaker Richard Msowoya and three Toyota Prado VXs costing K80 million each for leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera and the two deputy speakers.
However, Chakwera has been at the forefront criticizing President Peter Mutharika over his failure to resurrect Malawi from its economic downturn.