Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has trashed President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s bloated entourage to the United Nation General Assembly, saying it’s an insult to the country’s noise-diving economy.
Speaking in a news conference in Lilongwe on Thursday, MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwira who was flanked by Dr Elias Chakwera (shadow Ministers of Education), Mandaliza Dzonzi (shadow minister of Finance) and Juliana Linguzi (shadow minister of Health) said it’s no sense for the President to take large delegation to UN while the country is facing a food deficit.
“This is a childish government. How can you carry party loyalists, wives, maids to a summit whose presence won’t add any value but rather wining, shopping with poor’s money and later, you seek financial support from donors. Can a serious donor offer help with such uncalled for spending?,” wondered Kabwira.
Turning to education, Chakwera said the abolishment of Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations and the hiking of school fees in Secondary schools will further promote the dwindling of quality education in the country.
“Education reforms must be based on education theories not on economic grounds. Any nation’s development derives from well- established education policies. Abolishing JCE exams isn’t viable for Malawi as education system is still under developed. If this reform is implemented, expects high dropout rates,” pointed out Chakwera.
Reacting to the development, Minister of Information Jappie Mhango trashed the claims, saying MCP is claiming all this out of anger and frustration.