BLANTYRE (Papious Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow)- The country’s two major opposition political parties—Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) went for the jugular during the closing stages of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) 5th All Inclusive Stakeholders Conference Thursday night when called on President Peter Mutharika to resign, arguing that he had economically and socially failed Malawians.
MCP spokesperson Dr Jessie Kabwila said Mutharika should go as he is out of touch with country’s impoverished situation as the President lived on in a galaxy far away and a “parallel universe.
“For us, there are no words to say—the DPP [Democratic Progressive Party] has failed miserably, we don’t need a microscope to see,” said Kabwila,
She said Malawi is “in a crisis” and that millions of citizens now live in “absolute poverty”.
Kabwila called on 76-year-old Mutharika to resign with dignity.
PP third vice-president responsible for the North Kamlepo Kalua was equally scathing.
He said Mutharika should “pack up and go”..
“We are giving him 90 days to resign,” demanded Kalua.
He said: “All these problems it is because of Professor Peter Mutharika. He has failed in two years to manage the economy, he has failed to show leadership, he is ruling this country by remote [control].”
Government has since said Mutharika will not resign.
“President Mutharika cannot step down. He will be Malawi leader up to 2019 and then seek another term to 2024,” Mhango said.
PAC held the two-day stakeholders conference under the theme Defining Solutions to Economic and Political Direction in Malawi with efforts to find solutions to the problems dogging the country.
During its 4th All Inclusive Stakeholders Conference held in January 2015, PAC convened that meeting under the theme Promoting Awareness on the Proposed Reforms on Local Government Act. At the meeting, the body made 19 recommendations, which were submitted to President Peter Mutharika for action.