Opposition leaders at the pres conference

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- Malawi’s opposition political parties, on Thursday stood up with one voice calling on Malawians to take serious actions against the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) impunity leadership.

Addressing the news conference in the capital Lilongwe, the opposition parties including the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Peoples Party (PP), United Transformation Party (UTP), National Rainbow Coalition (NRC), Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (MAFUNDE), Peoples Progressive Movement (PPM), United Party (UP) and New Labor Party (NLP), outlined 17 concerns that are affecting Malawians.

Among the key issues are political persecution of opposition leaders, the disputed Lilongwe City South East elections, parastatals misconduct of funding DPP functions, the flopping of the Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP), unchecked public resources plundering, the unrealistic public reforms, corruption, and dubious government transactions among others.

The opposition political parties accused President Peter Mutharika of lack of leadership direction, compounded by nepotism, tribalism, and regionalistic tendencies of running the state affairs.

They said the concerns raised must be addressed for the best interest of Malawians, and affirmed that they are not looking for power.

The opposition parties therefore, called on Malawians to seriously  their leader to task when running the affairs of the nation.

“Ever since President Peter Mutharika assumed office two-and-half years ago, there has been a record number of scandals involving corruption, waste, fraud, outright theft, impunity, and embezzlement of public funds and properties.

“His detractors have called his government a government of shameless thieves who are plundering public resources. Instead, Mutharika responds by challenging them to bring evidence. Yet these are exactly what the public sector reforms were expected to put an end to this. Clearly, the public sector scandals reforms are treating the symptoms and leaving the disease untreated,” read the grand statement signed by MCP Chakwera, PP Ulandi Mussa, PPM Katsonga Phiri, NRC Lovenes Gondwe, MAFUNDE George Mnesa, NLP Sam Mpasu, UTP Newton Kambala and UP John Chisi.

When asked if the joint conference sends signals of standing as one block in the 2019 elections, Mpasu said their stand was to raise issues affecting Malawians but the time was not ripe for a coalition.

On what specific action will they take towards DPP failure, the opposition block asked Malawians to seriously demand quality leadership from Mutharika.

“We can’t ask Mutharika to resign but Malawians themselves who are feeling the pinch of this bad leadership, have the means to remove the leadership or to sustain it as they have the power to do so.

“We are here with these concerns as the way of dialoging with Malawians that we are with them, that is up to them to act before it’s too late,” NRC Gondwe said.

Government spokesperson Nicolas Dausi, is yet to react to the opposition accusation over its poor leadership.


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