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Mutharika’s meet with vendors turns into politics

WHAT was meant to be a normal interface between President Peter Mutharika and vendors from the Eastern and Southern regions dovetailed into a political party session at Sanjika Palace yesterday.

The aim of the meeting was to find ways on how government can improve the welfare of vendors in the country.

However, during the meeting Chairperson for Zomba Central Market Innocent Chikhaula, who punctuated his speech with party slogans, asked Mutharika to provide transportation to vendors in Zomba when he is conducting rallies.

“We are very happy to be working with the government. During the Peoples Party [PP] administration, we had problems and we worked hard to get our [DPP-led] government back,” Chikhaula said.

Chairman for Blantyre Vendors Association John Malunga asked Mutharika to consider giving the vendors soft loans to boost their businesses.

“The major setback in our business is money; some of us have little capital as such we are not able to grow our business. We also want to ask you if you could ask our councils to consult when they are planning our markets. Often times we seem like people who do not appreciate because we tend to shun newly constructed markets but this is so because they are built without our involvement,” he said.

Mutharika told the vendors to help curb corruption in the country arguing corruption is everywhere and it is not a one-man effort to combat it.

“There are so many issues that are happening in the country that need concerted efforts. My government will ensure that we end corruption in the country. It is not easy but together as one we can do it,” he said.

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