BLANTYRE (Sergio Genti, Malawi NewsNow) -President Peter Mutharika has received criticism from Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director Mr John Kapito on social and economic problems rocking the country which has seen opposition calling for the President to stepo down.
Kapito told a presser that the current depreciation of the kwacha and its resultant impact on prices is worrying.
He said consumers can no longer tolerate the depreciation of the kwacha as it has eaten away people’s purchasing power and has caused untold miseries for urban dwellers.
Kapito said as such Cama has launched a ‘Poor Lives Matter’ campaign aimed at ensuring that the vulnerable have a voice in telling government that “enough is enough”.
He said if government cannot contain and mitigate impact of depreciation, high inflation and interest rates, then the Executive should show exemplary behaviour in their lifestyle by, for instance, reducing the number of State houses, presidential aides and the President’s delegation during international trips.
Speaking on the current maize situation in the country, Kapito criticised President Mutharika for just accepting that there are crooked Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) officials in the country without taking tangible action.
Said Kapito: “It is common sense that if we all Malawians, together with the President, have agreed that there are corrupt people in Admarc who are conniving with certain individuals to misappropriate maize, we expected government to begin by removing people at the top of Admarc.
Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Dr Jessie Kabwila, who has called on President Mutharika to resign , censured government for living in denial, arguing it was “an insult to Malawians” for it to publicly claim that there was enough maize when people were hungry because they cannot access the grain.