PAC Says 2011 Worst Governance Year
The Public Affairs Committee has described the year 2011 as the worst year as far as economic and political governance is concerned.
On the political front , PAC notes that bad laws crept in Malawi's political landscape.
On the economic front, the religious body argues acute shortage of fuel and forex crippled Malawi.
“The year 2011 has been the worst year as far as economic and political governance is concerned. On the political front , several bad laws crept in our political landscape. These include : injunction laws, Section 46 which deals with the media, and search without warrant to name a few.
“While these laws have been directed to Law Commission by the government for review , it is crystal clear that the laws were unpopular amongst many stakeholders in Malawi. It is equally true that while these laws will be re-examined by the Law Commission , people feel that the review of such laws may take some time - an outcome that will be contrary to people’s expectations. It is our view that these bad laws should have been repealed…,” reads a statement signed by Reverend Mac Donald Kadawati.
He observes that on the economic front, the acute shortage of fuel and forex which are a life blood of economic activities, slowed down economic activities to the extent that in the country’s history Malawians have faced untold suffering . Shortage of drugs in hospitals also forced Malawians to purchase their own medicine in pharmacies in the towns and cities of Malawi.
“As PAC , we take the view that these developments are not as a result of Malawi being a landlocked country. After all, Malawi has not become landlocked today. During Muluzi’s and Dr Banda’s regime Malawi was a landlocked country , but we never had a crisis of this magnitude . The today’s unprecedented challenges have gone beyond people’s imagination,” he says. - Zodiak Online
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