Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera Friday said the government’s move to reduce Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) fertiliser prices to K5, 000 is a concession that it has all along been ripping off farmers.
Chakwera, who is torchbearer for Tonse Alliance—an alliance between MCP and UTM –in fresh presidential election made the remarks following the presentation of the 2020/21 budget by Minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamvekha in Parliament Friday.
During his presentation, Mwanamvekha said Fisp is now at K38 billion, which will have about 1 million beneficiaries further saying 100,000 families would get free fertiliser and farm inputs.
However, Chakwera questioned government’s timing to slash down the prices.
“The government has conceded today in Parliament that it has been stealing from its citizenry by failing to reduce fertiliser prices,” he said.
Among other issues that he addressed during the rally, Chakwera called for unity among all Malawians arguing that despite coming from different regions, Malawi is one nation.
“It does not matter whether you are Yao, Tumbuka, Llhomwe or Chewa; we are all Malawians and let us not fight. Let us celebrate the democracy that our forefathers fought for,” he said.
Taking the stage, MCP vice president for the Northern Region, Harry Mkandawire said it is sad that the Northern Region remains underdeveloped despite several developmental projects which were initiated years ago by the Democratic Progressive Party-led government.
Malawians are expected to vote for presidents in the June 23, 2020 scheduled elections.