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Tread carefully in solving political impasse, government told

By Chimwemwe Mangazi:

Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) National Cordinator, Dye Mawindo, has said the current political impasse does not pose a threat to Malawi in the implementation of the second Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact.

Asked on whether the recent demonstrations would impact Malawi’s performance on the MCC scorecard which focuses on good governance and corruption, among others, Mawindo said it only depends on how the government handles the situation.

“What the Americans look at is how they (the government) reacts to such actions as taken by the civil society or the masses but in case it goes bad, the next point will be to engage in negotiations not necessarily an abrupt stop to the programme,” Mawindo said.

This has come at a time newly appointed MCC Chief Executive Officer, Sean Cairncross, is in the country to meet with government officials on the next compact and appreciate the infrastructure built in the first compact.

Cairncross met with Finance Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha and interacted with the media before having an audience with President Peter Mutharika at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre Thursday.

He re-sounded the corporation’s commitment to reducing poverty in Malawi through economic growth under the compact.

“What is important is being selected for a second compact which is a further reflection of the confidence that the MCC board and the United States has in Malawi for this to be a success. So, we will develop this compact over the course of the next phase since it is a partnership,” Cairncross said.

In his address, Mutharika assured Cairncross that the next compact would be completed successfully as was the first compact.

“You have come at a very crucial moment when we are preparing how best to develop our country in the next five years. We are still improving the energy sector because we know that the economy cannot grow without adequate power for production, So ‘thank you’ very much to MCC for assisting in this sector,” Mutharika said.

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