Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe says Malawians have become a pessimistic lot and rejoice when things are not working for the country.
“We have become pessimistic and we are happier when we hear that our country is not doing very well. We are happier when something bad has happened to our country,” said Gondwe on Thursday at the official opening of the three-day 26th Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) Annual Lake Conference at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi.
The conference is being held under the theme Strengthening Governance and Accountability for Sustainable Economic Development.
Gondwe’s sentiments were made against a background of ravaging poverty and glaring inequality in the country.
The minister sought to assure a gathering of chartered accountants that Malawi will move out of the woods, saying: “I’m quite certain Malawians will and can make it”.
Icam president Chiwemi Chihana emphasised on the need for the country to aggressively work at ending poverty, to ensure that rural people particular live a happy life.
“These (the rural people) are assets, they are not objects of charity,” he said bluntly.