At a time critics of President Peter Mutharika want him out of office for what they term “failure to run the affairs of the State” former speaker of the National Assembly Sam Mpasu feels there is no question to ask Mutharika to step down as the status of the country’s economy will judge the future of his leadership.
Mpasu, who is also president of the opposition New Labour Party (NLP), told The Daily Times in an interview Monday that any leader who does not take good care of the economy, the same economy dismisses that particular leader, saying to him this is a fact of life.
“The President and his government must be interested in the health of the economy. Any leader who is not interested in the health of the economy gets overthrown by the economy itself,” said Mpasu
Mpasu said there are good examples that defend his argument that happened with the leaders who once took charge of the country’s affairs.
And on Friday last week Chancellor College based political pundit Blessings Chinsinga also told The Daily Times that although there is no substance in the calls by the CSOs for Mutharika to resign, there is certainly the need for the President to attend to the challenges the country is passing through.
Said Chinsinga: “The issue here is that the President and his cabinet have the duty to respond to the needs of Malawians because there were a lot of expectations from him when he was assuming power last year.”
Chinsinga, however, is of the view that the troubled economy Malawi is currently passing through would have been the same if a different president was in charge of the state affairs.
“As a country we have done ourselves a huge disservice by not dealing with the problems right at the root. What has happened to this country is that we have been procrastinating in dealing with issues so our challenges have developed layers and layers, making it difficult for any president to deal with these challenges,” said Chinsinga
He added that the public sector reforms that were established by government were a good starting point but laments that the problem is that they are lacking direction due to lack of commitment from the President’s office.
On the other hand, Mpasu says government needs to identify its faults if it is to resuscitate the dying economy.
“Government should start looking at areas it can sacrifice for Malawians rather than asking Malawians to go on sacrificing. It should also curb certain expenditure areas so that we reduce abnormal borrowing.”
Mpasu wondered how government is keeping a total of 96 principal secretaries at a time the cabinet only has 20 ministries. He said the best Mutharika could have done is to send 70 of them on retirement and employ the 50 doctors that government is failing to employ.
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