By Cedric Nkungula
President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is currently in the thick of things, focused on building a new Malawi and is not moved with the recent Afrobarometer survey, Minister of Information Gospel Kazako has said.
The outcome of Afrobarometer survey conducted in February this year said majority of respondents would have voted for former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) if fresh presidential elections were conducted then.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lilongwe on Wednesday, Kazako said the Chakwera led administration has gone flat out addressing most of the issues that Malawians were complaining about in the opinion poll six months ago.
He emphasized that government is currently busy correcting the wrongs by the past DPP administration at the same time, laying a solid foundation whose fruits will soon be enjoyable by all Malawians.
“We have no issues against the Afrobarometer report. We have faith that they went out to ask the opinion of Malawians and that the people responded that way. However, the opinion poll is not predicting the way things will be in 2025. We are very much aware of the things that Malawians are complaining about and we are busy correcting the situation,” said Kazako.
“The Afrobarometer report will guide us in solving issues raised so that come 2025, all outstanding issues are dealt with. We have hope that the issues Malawians are complaining about will soon be history.”
The government spokesperson added that the Chakwera administration will not waste time contesting the report but rather concentrate on mitigating the issues that are biting Malawians hard.
“We are aware that prices of basic commodities have gone up. We are also aware of the current electricity blackouts. What Malawians are saying is true. We are a listening government. When people speak, we listen,” he said.
If another opinion poll is conducted today, challenged Kazako, the outcome would be different.
“We believe that if another opinion poll is done today, the outcome would be different. Even if another poll is conducted next year, the results can’t be same as today,” he said.