By Vincent Gunde
The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says it is siding with Malawians during this difficult period, calling upon the Malawi Congress Party (MCP)-led Tonse Alliance government to resign.
The DPP says what is happening in Malawi is contrary to the basic expectations from President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and his Tonse Alliance government advising him to step aside and allow constitutional order processes to take off.
According to the party,the leaders in the MCP government are completely lost and clueless to the causes of devaluations and are out there busy peddling lies and blaming everyone else except themselves for their incompetence and mediocrity.
In a statement dated November 17, 2023 signed by its Spokesperson Shadric Namalomba on the devaluation of the Malawi Kwacha by 44 percent, the DPP says it is clear that the Tonse Alliance government came into power out of lies and they want to sustain their ability to remain in power through lies.
The DPP has reminded Malawians that the Tonse Alliance government peddled lies during the 2020 campaign period and they have relentlessly and viciously continued with their lies to be seen as if they are doing something Day in and Day out.
It says devaluating the currency alone without sorting out the causes of the problem, the fiscal and monetary policy challenge, is like chasing the wind saying as a result, prices of all basic goods and services such as food, utilities, transportation, farm inputs and groceries have skyrocketed.
“The DPP calls on the general public to refuse to be fooled any longer by the clueless and incompetent President Chakwera and demand for his immediate resignation in line with Section 12 of the Republican Constitution,” reads part of the statement.
The DPP says Malawi is in a state of total economic turmoil and meltdown claiming that Malawians from every corner of the country are on utter shock and deep distress following the recent devaluation of the Malawi Kwacha by 44 percent.
It has observed that just as Malawians have not yet recovered from another 25 percent devaluation that was effected in May, 2023 the Malawi Kwacha has in total depreciated from K732/ US Dollars in 2020 when the DPP left government to K1,700/US Dollars in just 3 years.