Malawi’s Vice-President Khumbo Kachali says the country is economically better off now than it was when President Joyce Banda took power on April 7 2012 following death of former president Bingu wa Mutharika.
Kachali made the remarks on Thursday at Chulu Community Day Secondary School ground in Kasungu where he addressed a development rally.
The Vice-President said while the DPP government left behind a battered economy, Banda has turned the situation around within the eleven months she has been in power.
Kachali’s comments come at a time critics have cited the devaluation and floatation of the kwacha as well as adoption of the automatic fuel pricing mechanism as some of the economic policies that are hurting Malawians.
He cited the availability of fuel, foreign exchange and restoration of diplomatic ties with donor nations and neighbouring countries as major achievements the current administration should be praised for.
“Any Malawian of goodwill will actually sit down and reflect on what has transpired since 7th April when Her Excellency ascended into power. We can see as of today that we don’t have fuel shortages, scarcity of basic commodities and diplomatic ties that were severed have been restored,” said Kachali.
He urged Malawians to give the Banda administration a chance, saying contrary to what government critics want Malawians to believe, the current leadership is the only one with the potential to steer the country to prosperity.
“Malawi needs politics of national development and not the one that only benefits individuals. This is what the current administration is all about,” said Kachali.
He assured farmers in the district that government was trying its best to ensure availability of ready markets and good prices for all crops the farmers have grown under the National Legume Seed Distribution.