Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president for the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa says the cost of living has been on the higher side since the party was booted out of government.
Nankhumwa has described the 25 percent devaluation of the Kwacha as an unwelcome development.
He was speaking on Sunday during the launch of Free Driving School in Zomba, an initiative by the city’s Central Member of Parliament (MP) Bester Awali.
“When people are suffering, it is the aim of the government to make sure that it addresses the needs of Malawians. I would like to ask the government to address problems people in this country are facing to maintain sanity,” he said.
In an interview later, Nankhumwa said, if voted back into power, the party would protect Malawians from socio-economic uncertainties.
“Malawians are suffering. If at all we need to save them, we need to reduce the cost of living,” Nankhumwa said.
Speaking earlier, MP for Zomba Chisi Constituency, Mark Botomani said Nankhumwa, who is also Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, is the potential candidate to lead the party through to 2025 elections, urging him not to fear anyone.
In his remarks, Zomba Central MP Bester Awali endorsed Nankhumwa as the torchbearer for the DPP in the 2025 polls.
He said Nankhumwa should remain firm so that he gets the DPP hot seat at the forthcoming party’s convention.
But Nankhumwa was mum on sentiments which Botomani and Awali raised, urging Zomba Central constituents to keep calm as he was yet to address another rally in the city.
DPP’s Ralph Jooma, however, said members of the party will neither consider names of people nor regions where candidates will come from to lead the party.
Speaking about the initiative, Awali said there was a need to develop the city.
He said, as such, the free-of-charge driving school would go a long way in empowering youths.
Awali’s initiative would see people between the ages of 18 and 40 taking part in development initiatives.