You are currently viewing Malawi’s Opposition Wants President to Resign Over Economic Challenges

Malawi’s Opposition Wants President to Resign Over Economic Challenges

Blantyre, Malawi — Malawi’s main opposition party is pushing for the resignation of President Lazarus Chakwera over a looming economic crisis resulting in fuel shortages, a scarcity of foreign exchange and increased grain prices.

A government spokesperson said pushing Chakwera to resign is unrealistic.

Dalitso Kabambe, a presidential aspirant for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), told reporters that the country’s economy is heading into a crisis.

“You see the inflation is very, very high at 28 percent,” said Kabambe. “Exchange rate is wobbling and there is no forex available. When you see growth, it has been subdued for some time now. All these are indicators that the economy has overheated and that it needs to be stabilized.”

Kabambe, also a former governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi, said the problem is that the current administration has no expertise managing the economy.

“To stabilize the economy, that’s the big boy’s job to ensure that now you have opening up as many businesses as possible, you are developing as many mines as possible and in the agriculture sector you are producing large volumes of food and you are getting a lot of surplus for exports,” he said. “That’s the big man’s job because that is what will help the country to grow the economy.”

DPP spokesperson Shadreck Namalomba said the president should resign so other people can take over and address the economic problems Malawians are facing.

Ezekiel Ching’oma, a spokesperson for the Malawi Congress Party, a leading party in the governing Tonse Alliance, would not take a call from VOA to comment on the matter.

Government spokesperson Moses Kunkuyu told a local media outlet on Monday that DPP officials were making the remarks out of anger emanating from bitterness over losing elections in 2020.

Kunkuyu, also the minister of information, said Malawi faces economic challenges largely because of trends that have destabilized global economies. Pushing the president to resign is unrealistic, he said.

“What we can say is that President Lazarus Chakwera has not failed to run the affairs of the country,” Kunkuyu said. “The country has taken a path to recovery and we are not where we were when President Chakwera came into office three years ago. This country was worse than where we are today.”