By Malawi Exclusive
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Monday held a press conference in which the keynote speaker Shadrick Namalomba noted with concern that Ukraine-Russia war has affected Malawi economy.
“I entirely agree with the narrative. The war has not spared us. Despite everything else, the economy could not have been the same if we had not have this war,” said Namalomba.
Namalomba was speaking during a press conference which the DPP called to discuss the current economic issues in the country.
One thing that the press conference revealed though was that people have completely lost hope in the DPP and the media brief gave people a chance to express their loss of confidence.
The Monday briefing was organised by one camp from the divided DPP who took turns accusing President Chakwera’s Tonse-led administrations for the economic problems the country is experiencing.
Like they did with the infamous Midnight Six they gathered at Crown Hotel in Lilongwe, one by one, the power hungry party gurus comprising Goodall Gondwe, Bright Msaka, Joseph Mwanamveka, Dalitso Kabambe and a few others took turns saying nothing which made some viewers following the proceeding through Times online wondering what they were saying:
“what are you really saying?.” One viewer asked. “What is your point?” Another wondered.
These are sentiments by people who were finding it difficult to be convinced by the speakers who lack credibility to say what they are saying because they are no better in any description.
Even Goodall Gondwe who failed to make the economy of this country tick mustered the courage to speak. Gondwe and the fallen head of state Bingu Wa Mutharika in whose stewardship saw the economy crumbling because of forex scarcity and fuel shortages resulting from clumsy handling of the economy had the audacity to blame the current administration. He accused President Chakwera’s who came in power when Covid-19 was wreaking havoc in the world.
The former Finance Minister blamed the leader whose administration has had to endure the devasting effects of tropical cyclones. The leader who is doing remarkably well to contain the effects of the Ukraine war which has spared no country. Gondwe went to town accusing the President whose leadership has not grounded the economy the way he did at the height of fuel scarcity in 2012 when he was the Minister of Finance
Gondwe said so many things but of particular interest is the one which he alleged that the Chakwera administration has done nothing on the economy that is why the prices of commodities are soaring. Maybe the old man is being forgetful, die to his old age, that the Ukraine war has affected every country. In South Africa where we assume to have a robust economy, people are suffering because of the recent increase in fuel price which has seen the prices of public transport being adjusted.
In the Rainbow country too, people think government is not doing enough on the prices of commodities. Victor Madau reacted angrily on fuel price adjustment on enca.com.