Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—The Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has expressed dissatisfaction with the meeting it had with government Friday, saying the meeting didn't tackle “real issues” affecting Malawians and in his assessment, it failed to yield tangible results.
Government invited Cama officials to roundtable talks to respond to consumer concerns and show them the progress it has made it terms addressing some of the economic challenges being experienced.
The consumers, among others, asked Pres Joyce Banda and her cabinet to stop numerous internal and external travels; discontinue the floatation of the Kwacha and hike the salaries of civil servants to cushion them from the harsh effects of the currency devaluation.
Kapito noted that the Banda administration isn't ready stop the floatation of the Kwacha, and this, he said, calls for more discussions with consumers to agree on the nature of next action to take until Malawians are cushioned are protected.
“We know that government has already started addressing some of the issues we raised in the seven-point petition, but the meeting we had with government has failed to tackle real issues affecting consumers.
“We asked them to address a number of issues including the floatation of the Kwacha, but government has not given us a concrete position on the same, meaning they are not ready to stop the floatation of the Kwacha,” he said.
Efforts to get government’s side of the story proved futile as spokesperson Moses Kunkuyu’s phone went unanswered.
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