1 December 2016 Last updated at: 2:08 PM

Mutharika blames planning for Malawi’s stunted economic growth

President has again blamed the past for Malawi’s troubles arguing that poor planning by previous governments has fueled the current level of poverty in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the National Agricultural Policy (NAP) and the National Irrigation Policy (NIP) on Wednesday in the capital Lilongwe, Mutharika blamed poor planning saying it is the reason why Malawi is still ranked low on economic growth.

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“Let me begin with a quote ‘The road to the future begins with planning’ end of quote, our future will be a product of how we plan today. As a country we are here because we are thinking small and planning small, so we must think and plan big,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika was optimistic that the country is to make it to the skies once big plans have been laid out in the country. With the launched NAP, the Malawi leader hopes for transformation of the agriculture sector in increasing production.

However this goes to contrast to what other experts have described to be the reason that keeps Malawi’s economy underdeveloped. While commending brilliant policies that Malawi has had in the past, commentators have lamented that poor implementation of policies remains a task for the country to unscrew a boot in the sky.



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