Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has expressed shock and worry at the current depreciation of the kwacha and its resultant impact on prices.
Addressing the press on the current social and economic problems facing the country on Monday in Blantyre, Cama executive director John Kapito said consumers can no longer tolerate the depreciation of the kwacha as it has eaten away people’s purchasing power and has caused untold miseries for urban dwellers.
Kapito said as such Cama has launched a ‘Poor Lives Matter’ campaign aimed at ensuring that the vulnerable have a voice in telling government that “enough is enough”.
He said if government cannot contain and mitigate impact of depreciation, high inflation and interest rates, then the Executive should show exemplary behaviour in their lifestyle by, for instance, reducing the number of State houses, presidential aides and the President’s delegation during international trips.
Speaking on the current maize situation in the country, Kapito criticised President Peter Mutharika for just accepting that there are crooked Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) officials in the country without taking tangible action.
Said Kapito: “It is common sense that if we all Malawians, together with the President, have agreed that there are corrupt people in Admarc who are conniving with certain individuals to misappropriate maize, we expected government to begin by removing people at the top of Admarc.
Meanwhile, South Africa-based Malawian, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church International (ECG) yesterday urged President Mutharika to deal with the problems affecting the country, including food shortages. n