Opposition parties query Peter Mutharika


Opposition political parties have told the Malawi President to stop using natural disasters as a scapegoat to some of the challenges the country is going through.

The remarks come hot on the heels after President Peter Mutharika, has not yet made time to meet the opposition parties despite their request on November 18.

Briefing the media Thursday, the opposition said the current food situation could have been averted if initiatives like the green belt were working.


“We feel like government can better talk about something rather than making excuses on natural phenomenon. For example, on the hunger issue, definitely it needs preparation. We have talked about the green belt initiative, thus pretty good way of managing or preparing for any natural occurrence. Why hasn’t it taken place all along? Nobody can explain. We have plenty of water in this country and its initiative is workable,” said Malawi Congress Party Second Vice President McDonald Lombola.

He also mentioned Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) as not meeting its purpose of increasing food production in the country.

“The rains are here and some farmers are planting but Fisp inputs are nowhere to be seen. This is the case year after year. Why can’t the government get anything done on time or before time? What is the use of the agricultural-inputs which are given to farmers in January, long after the planting time,” he said.


The political party leaders, one by one read out the petition that they gave Mutharika dwelling on different aspects of political developments, food security public finance, economy, food security, education, health, utilities and security.

Apart from Lombola, the meeting also involved, Malawi Forum for Unity and Development President, George Mnesa, Sam Mpasu of New Labour Party, Prof John Chisi of Umodzi Party, Mark Katsonga of People’s Progressive Movement and interim President of the New Transformation Party, Newton Kambala

Also conspicuous during the briefing was People’s Land Organisation leader, Vincent Wandale, who said they are all fighting for the same cause to improve the situation for Malawians.

“Whereever people are gathering for a good cause, let us go there and join them. I don’t think there is anything wrong that has been said by the opposition parties and there is nothing fiction in the issues raised,” Wandale said.

The opposition parties have resolved to continue, pressuring the government and voicing out their concerns until they are heard and have their solutions rightly put into action.

Meanwhile, the parties have shared their concerns with faith groups and civil society organisations in the country.

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