A joint rally in Lilongwe by opposition parties, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Peoples Party and the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) has openly dressed down Malawi President, Peter Mutharika as an ‘irresponsible leader’ who they claim does not care about the country.
The sentiments were made during the rally at Kalambo School Ground which the parties labeled as a solidarity on Sunday, as led by MCP leader, Lazarous Chakwera PP acting Vice Presdent, Kamlepo Kalua and Aford President Enoch Chihana.
Chihana could not mince his words but say that it is unfortunate that Mutharika looks unmoved with the hunger situation which has engulfed Malawians as well as the continued upsurge of the cost of living.
Chihana wondered why the Malawi leader recently bragged himself as having no problems saying it is the opposition which is calling for his resignation that have problems.
”We are all feeling the hunger together with the Malawians. Its unfortunate that he (Mutharika) does not see and know theres hunger in the country” said Chihana.
Among other things, Chihana and Chakwera all blamed Mutharika for not taking into account the incessant advice he has been given by the opposition.
Chakwera said: ” We do have issues that show responsibility. Look at the hunger and the economic crisis. It’s a mockery to Malawians that despite scarcity of maize in Admarc depots, persistent power back out , water problems , shortage of medicine in public hospitals, rising prices of good, economic hardship Malawians are facing , Mutharika can boldly stand and say he has no problems.
Mutharika has also been blamed on the continued underperformed of the country’s currency- the Kwacha
Recently a report by international financial experts reveals that the Malawi Kwacha has lost about 35% of its value under the leadership of President Peter Mutharika, pinning it one of the worst currencies in Africa.
The report, published by US Financial aggregator, Bloomberg, shows that Malawi kwacha is just 2 places from the bottom of the Continent’s worst currencies hit by inflation. Slightly trailing the Kwacha is the Angolan currency. The Kwacha’s namesake in Zambia is anchoring the log.
Since his election in May 2014, Mutharika has presided over one of the worst rising inflation in Malawi, a development the report shows as one factors that has lead to “a slump in investor confidence”.
Mutharika has since brushed off his critics and maintains he sees no reasons to step down.