Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera has heaped blame on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government for the socio-economic woes facing the country.
Chakwera, speaking at a campaign rally in Mzuzu on Thursday, said the present leadership lacks a vision to move Malawians out of problems such as drug shortages, lack of maize in Admarc markets and dwindling education standards.
He said the leaders are busy enriching themselves through corrupt means and are failing to fight corruption because “they themselves are thieves and corrupt”.
He alleged that some government officials are forced into corruption and when they try to reveal culprits are threatened of death
Said Chakwera: “The biggest challenge for an individual is not blindness, but to have eyes without a vision. Malawi is stunted today because our leaders lack a vision.
“Hospitals have no drugs. Admarc markets have no maize. Quality of education is going down. All this is because our leaders have no vision. They have stolen up money meant for such developments.
“We need a leader with a vision to end theft and corruption. But this is not being done because the leaders we have are thieves and corrupt. But we know that the truth will come out some day and it will set us free.”
He encouraged voters in Chibanja Ward, which fell vacant due to death, to vote for MCP candidate Charles Mlogera as a sign that Malawians want a change in running the country.
But DPP has hit back at the allegations, asking Chakwera to produce evidence for investigation by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
The party’s spokesperson Francis Kasaila, in an interview on Friday, asked Chakwera to provide evidence for his allegations.
“If he finds evidence, let him go with it to ACB, he will be assisted. Without evidence, it simply means that he is also visionless and didn’t just have anything to say,” said Kasaila.
Kasaila expressed surprise that Chakwera was involved in politics of castigation.
“I am surprised, really, because Chakwera is viewed as a recipient of castigation. But here he is in forefront. As leaders, we need to stop politics of castigation,” said Kasaila. n