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Malawi: Mutharika Should Be the Last Person to Speak About the Blackouts

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It is a fact that Malawi is a democratic country and people have that democratic rights to express themselves on issues of national importance.

As a former Head of State and leader of a political party Peter Mutharika is entitled to comment on issues affecting Malawians but where does he get the courage to criticize his successor who is trying his best to clean up the mess he (Mutharika) left in six years at the helm?

For starters, the Democratic Progressive Party was in power for 14 of the 26 years that MCP were out of power.

Bingu ruled for eight years while his younger brother.

One of the reasons Malawians were fed up with DPP was the chronic blackouts under their watch.

If there was an administration which had time to solve the electricity woes it was DPP but they failed big time. Their energy was invested in self enrichment through corruption. What they call the system was in fact the deep-seated infrastructure of corruption (Chihema chakatangale).

What could have become of Malawi if all the money they stole under their watch were channeled towards growth sectors such as the energy sector which Bingu called one of his priority areas within priorities?

The devastating Tropical Cyclones which damaged the power utility infrastructure at the power generating point in Kapichira was the typical example of how neglected the sector was.

In part, the scathing press release signed by his spokesperson, Shadreck Namalomba, the immediate former President, is ready to provide technical expertise on a number of issues.