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It is unclear when President Peter Mutharika will share a round table with opposition party leaders in the country following their request three weeks ago.

About 10 opposition parties asked for an audience with Mutharika to discuss solutions to issues that affect the country.

Mutharika has always asked for suggestions to fix national challenges.

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In a letter dated November 18, 2016 signed by eight opposition political party leaders, the parties wanted to meet the President on December 6.

State House Press Secretary, Mgeme Kalilani, confirmed receipt of the letter.

“The President could not meet the opposition party leaders on December 6, 2016 as asked because on the said date, he already had equally important engagements scheduled for the day,” he said.

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Kalilani, however, said the President is trying to find time to accommodate the request from the opposition party leaders.

The letter outlined several issues that need to be addressed such as public finance, economy, food security, education, health, utilities, security and political developments.

“As head of government, you have substantive powers of appointment, promotion and removal from cabinet and deputy ministers… this has resulted in ludicrous developments in all our public institutions, not only have we had 96 principal secretaries for 20 ministers but have also had numerous appointments of people whose main qualification is political or tribal,” reads part of the letter.

The letter further reads that the country is in a financial mess and the Minister of Finance has never presented an annual report from the Auditor General to Parliament.

“He [Minister of Finance] has never presented the annual report of the Accountant General or of any national institutional to Parliament. This is a clear indication that public finances under your Excellency’s watch are in a mess,” it reads.

Recently, Mutharika addressed the nation on the issues facing Malawi and how his administration is handling them.

New Labour Party President, Sam Mpasu, said some of the problems that the country is currently facing are man-made that could easily be averted.

“If there is a President who is good at talking and very good at bringing nothing; it is our President.

“Malawians do not deserve what they are going through right now. There are tremendous social and economic problems that are needless being inflicted on poor Malawians. So as opposition parties, we listed a lot of problems, the causes and also suggested solutions to the problems. We are not criticising just for its sake, we want to help our President succeed,” Mpasu said.

After meeting the President, the political parties intended to start a national conversation with all Malawians and other interested groups.

The meeting is being championed by Malawi Congress Party, Mafunde, Aford, United Independence Party, New Labour Party, Umodzi Party, Nasaf and People’s Progressive Movement.

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