Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera has said misrule under the Peter Mutharika administration has left all the country’s institutions broken and Malawians without hope.
Chakwera, who is also leader of Opposition in Parliament, in a special end of the year message yesterday, further blamed Mutharika’s administration for hunger in the country, and fuelling corruption.
However, government spokesperson and Minister of Information, Communications and Technology Nicholas Dausi said the criticism is unfortunate and unfair, there is a lot that government is doing to resolve all the challenges facing Malawians.
However, Chakwera reiterated his recent criticism of Mutharika that he has failed Malawians and pointed at increased corruption within senior ranks of government and State owned enterprises such as Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera), Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) as more worrying.
“The allegations of links between members of Mutharika’s Cabinet and the mismanagement of K236 billion remains uninvestigated and the ministers in question continue to spend our taxes,” said Chakwera.
But Dausi said Chakwera, as leader of Opposition, should appreciate various initiatives government has employed to tackle corruption, hunger, water and electricity problems.
He described Chakwera’s speech as hopeless as it failed to capture the role opposition has to play to bring about change.