National Salvation Front (Nasaf) president Loudon Phiri has dared the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration to consult him on policies that can help the country move out of poverty.
He observed that Malawi has lacked pragmatic leadership to register meaningful socio-economic transformation.
Phiri made the remarks when he briefed journalists in Lilongwe on Saturday.
“After seeing and studying that so many people are discouraged by politicians, we cannot expect Malawi to develop unless we have allowed new ideas to come into politics.
“And Nasaf is here to offer a message of hope to Malawians because we know that despite what you see, there is still hope for Malawi. Our passion is to see change,” he said.
But DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila yesterday said the country is making steady progress under the leadership of President Peter Mutharika.
He said since his election to the presidency, Mutharika has maintained an open-door policy to anyone, including politicians such as Phiri to present their ideas for nation-building.
Meanwhile, governance, human rights and social expert Undule Mwakasungula has said it is high time the opposition and ruling parties started sharing notes on how to develop the country, instead of pulling in different directions.
Phiri assumed the Nasaf presidency on February 2 2017, almost two years after the death of the party’s founder James Nyondo.