Outspoken Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito has blasted the county’s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) for not standing up for Malawians.
Speaking on today in Blantyre during a peaceful march held in commemoration of the World Consumer Rights Day, Kapito accused Chakwera of promoting his own interests and being overtaken by favours from government.
“It is unfortunate that after all the hardships Malawians are going through Chakwera is just silent just because of the Prado government bought for him. There is hunger in this country, no medicine in hospitals, young people are jobless but he does not care to speak about all this,” Kapito said.
He said Malawi needs an opposition leadership that stands to represent the poor especially in Parliament “but what Chakwera knows is to cry about his ‘stolen votes’.”
According to Kapito, this means that Chakwera is clueless and visionless and all he wants is to become the country’s president and satisfy his personal desires.
Parliament Secretariat last year explained that it bought the K300 million ($432 900) vehicles for the three Speakers as well as leader of opposition because the previous office holders bought the vehicles they were using as part of their entitlement.
It said government duly approved the purchase of the vehicles which were bought in 2014 parrying away media reports that they were bought last year in a worsening economic situation.
In his remarks, Kapito also cautioned President Peter Mutharika to stop going to town boosting he does not have problems when Malawians are suffering describing such statements as a betrayal.
He challenged the president to come forward and address various challenges the nation is facing or accept failure and step down.
The day was commemorated under the theme ‘Poor lives matter-protecting lives of poor Malawians’.
Civil Liberties Committee Executive Director Emmie Chanika who also joined the march called on Malawians to stand together and fight for their rights.
“I believe in the power of the people. Here the people have spoken and it is up to the authorities to listen,” she said.
The World Consumer Rights Day is commemorated world over on March 15.