Rights activist Michael Usi has asked President Peter Mutharika to swallow his pride and allow some technocrats to help his government in bailing out the country from the economic mess and hunger situation.
Speaking during a media briefing held on Sunday in Lilongwe, Usi observed that the current administration has lost direction in dealing with critical issues, especially the hunger situation, adding that only a committee of non-partisan experts can bring back sanity.
According to Usi, politicians are contributing to the mess being experienced as evidenced by reports that party members have taken control of some Admarc depots.
“Even in the Bible when Pharaoh in Egypt knew that he could no longer handle the food situation, he reached out to Joseph who was a Jew and not an Arab to help. Pharaoh humbled himself and it worked. We are not saying you should step down from your position, remain the President but let others help you. We cannot sit and watch [while] Malawians suffer. Government could be the germ causing this sickness,” said Usi.
Usi further said that during late Bingu Mutharika administration, a committee of technocrats known us Feed the Nation was established and was tasked with finding solutions to food shortages at the time, and it worked perfectly.
“There is no clear strategy on how this government wants to deal with this hunger. Where is the Minister of Agriculture in all this? Goodall Gondwe is on record to have said that Malawians will clap hands for government this year, are Malawians clapping now? Mutharika also said no Malawian will die of hunger but is this really true?” queried Usi.
Commenting on the Access to Information Bill, Usi described a move by Mutharika to modify it as ‘castration’ and thereby rendering the piece of legislation ‘impotent’.
Usi further warned that tampering with the Access to Information Bill, particularly on elements that talk about the Bill applying to the period before its enactment will dilute its whole purpose.
“Why should our honourable parliamentarians debate an impotent bill? Do not castrate the ATI Bill. The ATI is an enabler for Malawians to go back in the past and find out what happened and why. You don’t investigate the future but the past,” said Usi.
Government Spokesperson, Jappie Mhango, was not available for comment as his phone could not be reached.
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