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Kondwani Nankhumwa blasts government for ‘dying economy’

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Richard Chimwendo banda

Parliament adjourned Friday after meeting for four weeks.

In his adjournment remarks, Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa called for sound economic policies from the government to bail out what he called a dying economy which the country has.

Nankhumwa criticised the Tonse Alliance administration for telling Malawians that the economy is rising when prices of goods are still soaring.

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He said Malawians are tired of government always blaming Covid-19 and Russia-Ukraine war for the country’s economic hardships.

“Come back with sustainable and viable economic policies so that we save Malawians. We are blaming the war in Ukraine. My question is what if the war doesn’t end? Are we going to continue suffering from this?” He said.

Nankhumwa also took a swipe at the government for failing to inform the house on fertiliser purchase process this year considering forex crisis in the country.

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He expressed worry that at the pace the economy is sailing through, Malawians will buy a 50kg bag of fertiliser at K70,000. He warned of looming hunger next year with the number of beneficiaries of Agricultural Input Programme being reduced by half

Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda said over the past four weeks, the House has been able to tackle most of the planned business, including the confirmation of Inspector General Merlyne Yolamu.

“It has been a great time, with mature debates. Members were able to objectively refuse or adopt reports. We have seen good reports and bills coming to the house and it is what is expected,” he said.

During the meeting the house passed bills, deliberated on committee reports, and brought different motions including the need to amend the Corrupt Practices Act in order to allow the Anti-Corruption Bureau to work independently without seeking prosecution consent from office of Director of Public Prosecution.

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