Gerald Kampanikiza, News Reporter
He said this at the end of 6th meeting in the 49 session of Parliament on Friday, August 12th, 2022 in Lilongwe.
Nankhumwa said the economy should not be fixed by word of mouth alone but it must positively impact the daily lives of Malawians following President Chakwera’s remarks that Malawi’s economy is doing fine, and that it is on the rise.
“Mr. President, you do not need to shout from a rooftop for people to come and see an economy, which is on the rise because an economy on the rise is self-evident,” Nankhumwa said.
He added that at the moment, the Malawi economy is in ICU, and to say that Malawi is rising against all these economic hardships is an insult to Malawians.
On Youth Employment, he said recent statistics show that Malawi Youth Unemployment rate is relatively one of the highest in the world after the Tonse Alliance promised young men and women jobs, loans to start businesses, and skills development programmes so that they become self-reliant and stand on their own two feet.
“Today, under the Tonse Alliance administration, there are no jobs for the youths, the much-touted 1 million jobs in the first 12 months of this government are now a thing of the past,” he complained.
According to Nankhumwa, President Chakwera has failed the youths, and the government must be prepared to deal with demonstrations until there are practical programmes to absorb young men and women in meaningful enterprises.
“Some of the decisions President Chakwera makes are not just a mockery to our young women and men but also sinful in the eyes of God,” he lamented.
Nankhumwa assured Malawians that the opposition is fully committed to ensuring that the current parliament will go down in history as the most productive in its legislative, representation and oversight mandate for the benefit of the people who elected them.