MCP Faults Govt for MCC Suspension
Main opposition party in Malawi has faulted President Bingu wa Mutharika and his government for the suspension of a 58 billion kwacha grant from the United States of America.
The Americans, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation board chaired by Secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington on Saturday, resolved to suspend Malawi’s 350 million US dollar grant for the power sector - an equivalent of 58 billion kwacha.
The Board also expressed serious concerns about the economic and political situation in Malawi, and emphasized the need for the Mutharika administration to respect the rights of its citizens and civil society organizations.
“What the Americans are saying is simply telling us to reflect on our governance. There is nothing out of the ordinary from what the MCC officials are demanding,” says Mrs. Nancy Tembo, Malawi Congress Party spokesperson.
The MCP Spokesperson says it is really baffling that just when the MCC officials were meeting to review the Malawi Compact, the Bingu wa Mutharika administration went ahead to arrest its critics including an opposition politician.
But government spokesperson, Mrs. Patricia Kaliati, believes MCC officials are probably being fed wrong information on the situation in Malawi.
“As government we are not sure what these people want, but we are hopeful that they’ll ultimately provide us the grant,” says Mrs. Kaliati.—Zodiak Online
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