Leaders of opposition political parties in the country say President Peter Mutharika failed to say anything new on the challenges affecting the country when he held a press briefing in Lilongwe.
The leaders, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and John Chisi of Umodzi Party said they were not impressed with the statements Mutharika made during the briefing.
On his part, Chakwera said the Malawi leader’s statements were full of obvious stuff.
He also faulted Mutharika for failing to communicate to Malawians about his health suggesting that it was the real reason he overstayed in the United State of America.
“I think the problem is lacking a bill of Access to Information, once it can be implemented in Malawi, we couldn’t have problems like this.
“Several reports of Mutharika‘s health were made in such way that people were prevented from accessing information about his delay in US,” Chakwera said.
Speaking on the same issue, Chisi said he was not impressed with the speech arguing that there were no convincing points and the Malawi leader did not include hot issues of national interest.
Chisi further said as the father of the country, Mutharika was supposed to love everyone and not shouting at people over death speculations.
“I am not impressed with where he said all the blame should be put on him. The whole idea of having people in government is to share responsibility and as the president was away there was communication vacuum that is why people speculated.
“Government is not a one man show, it goes with working with other individuals but here the president is acting like we are in a dictatorship government,” said Chisi.
He further hit back at Mutharika for claiming that the opposition parties in the country do not speak, saying the Malawi leader is not willing to listen and has never called them even once for discussions.
Chisi also claimed that Mutharika’s statements just brought some confusion to Malawians and left them with unanswered questions.