The United Democratic Front (UDF) has dismissed calls for President Peter Mutharika to resign, saying he is not the source of the current problems affecting the country.
Last week, some civil society organisations (CSOs) called for Mutharika’s resignation for failing to manage the country’s economy, exposing people to tough times.
But in an interview yesterday, UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga said the CSOs were being harsh on the President.
He said: “The UDF doesn’t believe that the country’s problems can be resolved by President Mutharika’s resignation because he is not the one who created them. It [Mutharika’s resignation] will only worsen the situation by creating unnecessary tension.”
He reminded the CSOs that together with other sections of society such as religious leaders, they have a role to play to make sure that the country comes out of the economic crisis.
During the general elections campaign last year, Mutharika promised to fix the country’s economy and also solve other problems it is facing. But Ndanga called for more time.
“He needs to be given time because we are coming from Cashgate where donors have withdrawn aid because of theft that occurred from government coffers. We believe that if the Public Sector Reforms can be carried out properly, donors might return,” said Ndanga.
UDF joined Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in a working relationship where its leader, Atupele Muluzi, is Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.