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Malawi’s current economic crisis has the potential of triggering social unrest should government delay in coming up with coping mechanism to cushion ordinary Malawians from the rising cost of living, opposition United Democratic Front has observed.

However, President Bingu wa Mutharika’s government is but to state measures to end the current economic hardships in the short, medium and long term.

“The UDF would like the Mutharika regime to explain to the people of Malawi on the short, medium term and long term strategies that this government has put in place to arrest the dangerous economic decline.

“Government must introduce coping mechanism that will help in the mitigation of the socio-economic hardships that Malawians are facing today or rather than to live on the blame game and remain engaged in a spirit of denial,” reads the statement.

On his part, Secretary General for Alliance for Democracy, Khwauli Msiska, said government should open up and allow others to help in getting the situation to normal in other words than playing a blame game.

The economy of this country

“It’s clear that government is not capable of managing the economy of this country and socio political development of this nation, which is why we think that it is high time the DPP government became more inclusive, consultative, listening and make peace with others,” said Msiska, adding Malawians are to tell the truth wondering if they can put up with this “mess” up to 2014.

Taking his turn, president for Maravi People’s Party, Uladi Mussa, urged government to renew its relationship with international partners in order to secure enough foreign exchange as part of rectifying the current crisis.

The president

“The president, if possible, should go and apologise to the British Government for deporting their envoy Cochraine Dyet and should as well hold discussions with tobacco buying companies so that we may get forex to solve some of the problems rocking the country,” Mussa said.

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