Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President, Lazarus Chakwera, has said underdevelopment and abject poverty will continue to degrade the human condition in Malawi unless Malawians undergo mindset change.
Chakwera, who is also Leader of Opposition in Parliament, was speaking at a press conference held at MCP headquarters in Lilongwe Tuesday where he briefed journalists on his trip to Portugal.
“I feel sorry for fellow Malawians who have lost both property and lives in the recent floods in the Northern Region and I commend the President [Peter Mutharika] for declaring the country a State of Disaster.
“However, climate change has affected the entire world … it beats every reasoning that as a country, we are not proactive but rather choose to be reactive to calamities while we think it is the act of nature, we need to change our minds and way of doing things,” Chakwera said.
He said preliminary assessments on this farming season indicate that there will be lower maize production than last season which will lead to severe hunger in many households, adding it is a clear sign of leadership bankruptcy to see that nothing is being done on the ground to mitigate the looming food shortage.
“Nearly every country that has achieved sustainable socio-economic development has agriculture as its base. It had been the case for Malawi for a long time. However, this sector has declined over the democratic dispensation,” he said.
The MCP leader said reviving Malawi’s economy requires critical review of the agriculture sector, indentifying policies, not just launching them, which would not fleece farmers of their hard-earned income at auction floors.
He also cited the recently unveiled Malawi Embassy in Ethiopia looting, K570 billion plunder during the Democratic Progressive Party tenure, public sector reforms, unfinished government projects whose loans were approved by Parliament as some of the indicators that the leadership and the public as a whole need to transform.
Minister of Information and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati could not comment on Chakwera’s remarks yesterday as she was reported busy attending meetings, according to the one who answered her phone.
While on the tour in Portugal, Chakwera was appointed vice-president of Christian Democratic Institute International – Africa (CDI-Africa) and also met Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
CDI-Africa is a grouping of political parties across the globe whose principles hinge on the tenets of democracy and the rule of law at national and international level.
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