Former Malawi president Joyce Banda has attacked the administration of President Peter Mutharika as failures who out of ideas on how to address the country’s electricity woes.
Joyce Banda, who is also president of Peoples Party (PP), bemoaned the persistent power outage currently being experienced across the country.
JB, as she is fondly called, said the situation was contributing toward environment degradation through cutting down of trees for wood and cooking.
Banda made the remarks on Wednesday during a political rally that PP held at Karonga Freedom Park.
According to the former state president, the current situation where there is frequent power outages is having a negative impact on the country’s development.
She said, continued blackouts is hindering local and foreign investments from opening up businesses in the country.
“Power is a driving force to a country’s development and its sad to see the current situation where households are going hours and hours without electricity.
” During my time in power blackouts were a thing of the past and business’s were thriving but since I left the office we appear to have returned to the old problem,”.she bemoaned.
people are now spending long hours without power thereby grounding businesses to a halt.
“The consequences of frequent blackouts we’re experiencing them now through deforestation, the demand for charcoal has become high hence places like from Salima to Nkhatabay were seeing a lot of deforestation for example,” she said.
Turning to agriculture the former president has vowed to abolish the current farm input subsidy program in favour of a universal subsidy program. Saying the current one isn’t benefiting masses as random people are chosen to benefit from the program.
In his remarks PP vice president for the North Ralph Mhone has urged people in the country to have belief with the peoples party.
He said the PP is the only party that lived up to it’s promise hence it deserved another shot to rule the country.
During the rally the former ruling party welcomed over 50 members to the party who have defected from Malawi Congress party (MCP) and the ruling Democratic progressive party (DPP) includes DPP shadow MP for Karonga Central Brigadier Smith Ngwira.