Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU--As Malawians feel the pain of economic reforms driven by donors, the European Union (EU) says a change in government would not mean an end to the reforms.
EU Ambassador Alexander Baum told the Nation news paper that the situation is the same in Europe.
“We have our own experiences with overdue economic reforms in Europe. Many governments which are implementing such reforms have been voted out, but the new governments have continued with the same reforms, because there is no choice,” he said.
However, Baum while defending the reforms said the mass protests that have been happening are due to lack of sacrifice on the part of top government officials.
“The problem is that the Executive has not shared the austerity pain, leading to strikes as people worry with the too many presidential travels and huge sums being paid out to a few individuals. The executive must be the first to share the pain of the economic reforms being implemented”, said Baum.
Soon after Joyce Banda took power, many donor-driven economic reforms which her predecessor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, strongly resisted were implemented.
The reforms have been tough as prices of basic needs are out of reach for many Malawians.
© The Maravi Post 2013