Leader of Opposition: Kondwani Nankhumwa
Parliament has on Friday adjourned sine die with Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa asking President Lazarus Chakwera to tame his appetite for travels and find last solutions of addressing the welfare of Malawians amid economic challenges facing the country.
By the 25th of this month, Chakwera will have travelled outside the country nine times since March this year. Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu earlier justified the trips; arguing the president would still taking them if their benefits outweighed the costs.
Nankhumwa said it’s unfortunate that Chakwera has been moving around draining resources in the process, despite his earlier announced austerity measures aimed at preserving public funds.
Again, Nankhumwa expressed reservations with government’s snails pace in finding lasting solutions in uplifting living standards of Malawians; citing rising prices and scarcity of basic commodities.
He has therefore challenged the Tonse led administration to walk the talk in fulfilling its compagn promises.
“President Chakwera must implement his own government’s austerity measures to prevent spending by reducing or stopping local and international travels. I do not know how he feels when he sees long fuel quees as he zooms by in his large convoys with his fuel guzzling vehicles,” said Nankhumwa
But Leader of the House, Richard Chimwendo Banda was quick to express optimism that government is moving on the right-track in fulfilling some of its main promises.
He cited the construction of houses for security personnel, cancer center, state-of-the-art tarmac roads, stadiums, recruitment of additional teachers and security personnel.
The recent hike of University tuition fees and Mlmaize prices have been some of the major issues that sparked controversy in the just ended sitting of parliament.