29 December 2011

Malawi: Ex-Leader Offers to Help Bail Economy

Cairo — Former Malawian President Bakili Muluzi has offered to help the current Bingu wa Mutharika administration with advice on how to resolve the crisis that is submerging the country into economic turmoil.

Mr Muluzi, who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004, made the offer against the backdrop of government's failure to raise forex for his medical checkup trip to South Africa which was due on December 21, 2011. Muluzi failed to go for the checkup.

The former leader said he has experience in running a country and was willing to offer advice to help Mutharika resolved the economic challenges Malawi is experiencing. "During my presidency we experienced these challenges but Malawians did not notice because we talked to our friendly governments and organisations to help us out," Mr Muluzi said.

Establishing relations

"I could pick a telephone and call leaders of countries and organisations to explain my predicament. It all borders on foreign affairs policy. The key word is to have a good relationship with other governments." At the moment Malawi's relationship with donors, international organisations and neighbouting country's is not that rosy.

In his national address on Christmas Day, President Mutharika blamed 'satan' for the problems Malawi was going through and urged Malawians to be prayerful and be patriotic as his government was working around the clock to address the economic challenges.

President Mutharika admitted that 2011 was the bad year for Malawi but was optimistic that the country's situation will improve in 2012. "Satan oppressed us and brought envy, hatred, gossip and jealousy. But God has triumphed because 2012 promises even more blessings and peace for Malawi. God has not forsaken us," the leader said.

President Mutharika's spokesperson Hetherwick Ntaba said Mr Muluzi was welcome to offer advice to the government and it will be up the government to see the merit in the advice.

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