Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Peter Mutharika on Friday brought businesses in Limbe and Bvumbwe trading areas to a standstill as crowds blocked his convoy demanding he address them.
Mutharika, fondly called “Adadi” by DPP faithful had passed early in the morning to Lunchenza and Golaiti where he donated K21 million worth of relief materials to Cyclone Freddy victims.
Mutharika who ruled Malawi as a President between 2014 to 2020 has seen his political fortunes change as the blunder and scandal ridden Tonse Alliance led by President Lazarus Chakwera continues to be clueless in management of the country.
The Former President has promised to visit all 10 districts affected by the cyclone and this will be his longest outing since he lost power in a court ordered fresh elections in June 2020.
At Bvumbwe traders left their wares and joined in chanting ‘adadi’ saying they missed economic stability under his regime.
In his brief speeches, Mutharika said he shares public concern and suffering and he was looking forward for the voters to vote back the DPP into power.
Inflation has surpassed 30 percent with food inflation now well over 50 percent and food and foreign exchanges shortages have hit the already poor Malawians hard.
The United Nations estimate now over two thirds of Malawians are living below the poverty line.
Government is yet to release any economic recovery plan or direction, raising fears that the economy will sink further.