By Bertha Chirwa:
Leader of Opposition in Parliament who is also Vice president for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for the south Kondwani Nankhumwa has tipped government to reconsider its position on revisiting fuel levy saying the upward adjustment of fuel pump prices are affecting the citizenry.
Nankhumwa made the remarks after a tour he conducted on Wednesday in Blantyre to appreciate the situation on the ground as the country is witnessing an escalation of prices of commodities.
Nankhumwa said prices for most essential commodities have gone up making life difficult for the poor and that the adjustment of fuel pump prices has just contributed to the already existing problems that people are facing at the moment.
He observed that prices of commodities are going up while take home packages for most workers remain the same with some, especially small medium entities relying on hand to mouth.
“If you look at the situation now, the tax free band has already been eroded, and this should be a wakeup call to the Tonse alliance government because these things are happening when Malawians have not yet recovered from the effects of Covid 19. Government should think strategically and make sure that Malawians are happy and that local business entities are able to conduct their businesses in a fair manner as they remain the backbone of the country’s economy”. He said.
He also trashed the assertion by government of blaming the social economic challenges that the country is going through now to have been triggered by poor economic policies by the DPP regime.
“It’s unfortunate that every government that comes into the system would blame the previous regime for whatever they are facing at that particular moment. To say that this is happening because of poor economic policies by the DPP it’s an insult.
“Government business is a relay race, when you have done your race you hand it over to another person. But to continue playing the blame game will not assist because after Malawi Congress Party is gone there will be another government and should we say that government should be blaming MCP for the mess they will create that time, the answer is no.” He said.
Among other places that Nankhumwa together with other DPP members visited include Shoprite at Chichiri, Agora in Limbe, Limbe produce market, Ndirande market and Blantyre market from where he boarded a minibus to Limbe.