Banda: Malawi economy a total mess

2012-05-01 08:37

Blantyre - Malawian President Joyce Banda, who took office on April 7 after her predecessor's sudden death, said on Monday that the country's agriculture-dominated economy was in a "total mess".

She also urged her Cabinet to speak frankly to the public about the severity of Malawi's challenges.

"Be free to advise me, and not think Malawians are fools because they want to be told the truth," Banda said in comments broadcast on state television.

"The economy is in a total mess," she also said.

Malawi's economy has been plagued by shortages in fuel and foreign currency, while donors who once provided roughly 40% of the development budget have curbed funding amid the economic crisis and governance concerns within Mali.

Banda has moved swiftly to restore donor confidence and vowed to address concerns previously voiced by key lenders like the International Monetary Fund.

Banda served as vice president under Bingu wa Mutharika, who died on April 5 after a heart attack but she had fallen out with Mutharika and had been thrown out of his ruling party.

She said she had assumed "political risk never before taken" in hiring ministers from all parties.

She however dropped the former president's brother Peter from Cabinet, where he previously served as foreign minister and was accused of plotting to seize the presidency after Mutharika's death.

  • Koos - 2012-05-01 08:45

    Where is Malawi?

      Squeegee - 2012-05-01 09:06

      Just outside Orania, fool.

      Koos - 2012-05-01 09:20

      Orania is well run, fool.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-01 10:19

      Don't worry @Koos, I will answer that question...... It's in Africa and I know your point....exactly where this happens in 100% of African countries. I will get thumbsdown because CNA has led you to believe that SA is a thriving metropolis in Africa. While poverty, crime & the usual stuff are rife. BS baffles brains..... Take note of this you western "slaters"..... "while donors who once provided roughly 40% of the development budget"

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-05-01 10:45

      Well run? says who? When last did you go there. I've just come from there Koos and it don't look well run to me. It looks well run down like the rest of us.

      James - 2012-05-01 19:12

      Malawi GDP $900 pp pa. about 33% of that is aid money and the picture looks very bleak.

  • Osman - 2012-05-01 09:04

    in east africa bordered with Zambia, Mocamboque and Tanzania. Google it

  • Glenda - 2012-05-01 09:05

    Mrs Banda please, I am asking you as women to a women, show the men leaders what women can do in Africa!!!! Lets look after our people of Africa.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-05-01 12:25

      Do not feel to bad, just take a look at South Africa, and a bigger mess in only 18 years. ANC are proud.

      Vlad - 2012-05-01 13:01

      Women usually more greedy.....result?

      henk63 - 2013-01-18 07:17

      Mrs Banda was actually a breath of fresh air. She actually got rid of the presidential plane - a move unequalled by any African leader. The people of Malawi are very friendly, but ultimately useless as they can only depend on what nature gives them, and donations from the West. It's common to see them selling mice at the roadside as food. Typical African, all you see is thousands of children everywhere, begging for handouts.

  • francois.smith.7 - 2012-05-01 09:07

    Mrs Banda, how about we help you and you help us to go against Mugabe and Zuma in SADEC?

  • Chris - 2012-05-01 09:07

    Malawi is a fantastic country with fantastic Peopl! I believe. The people are resilient enough to push through!

  • Theo - 2012-05-01 09:22

    Please enlighten me and show me one African Country of wich the economy is not a total mess. I seriously need to know !

      Koos - 2012-05-01 09:27

      Hence my question above.

      Thapelo - 2012-05-01 10:41

      u fool do some research about zambia nd botswana

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-05-01 11:01

      But Koos, I thought you said Orania was well run...O I guess Orania is NOT an African country! I'm not sure what the point of pointing to Africa is when those who read newspapers will tell you that badly run economies are scattered all over this world of ours: Greece and Spain in Europe and a whole string of others South America, Asia, Eastern Europe Africa etc all have begging bowls of different sizes coz of corruption, poor governance etc etc. I guess its about scoring points rather than broad knowledge....I'm ok with that.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-05-01 12:25

      My answer above.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-05-01 17:22


  • Neels - 2012-05-01 09:29

    Don't stress Banda in S.A it's the same

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-01 09:32

    Strange that most of the INDEPENDENT African countries, cant make it on their own, If donations stop coming in from White countries, the economy stops. I realy hope that SHE can make a difference in Africa.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-05-01 09:38

    am sure changes will come for the better in the warm heart of africa! proud of you joyce banda!

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-05-01 09:40

    koos u not existing! u under world i guees!

      Koos - 2012-05-01 10:10

      Sorry, but English is not my first langauge. You need to elaborate as I don't get your point.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-05-01 12:28

      Me too??????????????????????

  • KCorsar - 2012-05-01 09:42

    thievery, nepotism and grandeous ideas of previous leaders = African economic problems for the most part. Ably supported by a lack of actually processing raw materials to semi finished or finished goods. Maybe Bingu's last will and testament has something to hand back to the people.............just a thought.

  • Lynda - 2012-05-01 10:55

    I like this lady

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-05-01 12:30

      She speaks the truth, are the males to proud to?

  • Dalai - 2012-05-01 11:06

    Botswana is one of the best run, if not the best run, African country. Every village is within a walking distance of a well-resourced school, hospital; every penny the government spends is well accounted for; corruption is comparatively very low; a thieving minister faces the wrath of the law; the Government inherited nothing from the colonial masters (unlike South Africans who inherited working infrastructure), but through good husbandry of the diamond resources have a relatively wealthy country; Need i say that there is very low rate of crime. The police don't carry guns - the very sight of a law enforcement officer is a sufficient deterrent.They only handicapp for foreign investment is that they have is a small domestic market for goods and services.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-01 11:16

      I will second this; Botswana==========Best run country in Africa !!!

      stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-01 13:07

      Like you so rightfully said, EVRY PENNY THE GOVERNMENT SPEND, is well accounted for. AND they develop Schools, medical centres, infrastructure, for the population. They are not developing their own bank accounts at the cost of the poulation. Please send the ANC government for a 2 week workshop on integrity....

      Sterling - 2012-05-01 17:12

      You can see why Malema wants to invade Botswana because it's run too well. This country doesn't have a group of lazy YL members sitting around trying to run the country. Unlike SA the people haven't under went zombification and walk around like dead souls.

  • erneyb - 2012-05-01 11:16

    Encouraging to see that there are female politicians with common sence (appointing government ministers from various political parties).

  • kingofbotswana - 2012-05-01 12:13

    Botswana > the rest of Africa. Period!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-01 13:53

      Botswana 25 Years ago, already had a succesful anti Aids government campaign; ABC; Abstain Be Faithful Condomize And one of the few countries in the world, where the President on most of his State visits, flies commercial !!!!!

      Koos - 2012-05-02 01:36

      And the pres don't screw around like our rabbit.

  • kingofbotswana - 2012-05-01 12:13

    Botswana > All of Africa. Period!

      stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-01 13:03

      Botsawna is the only county in Africa who protect theis white farmers, and who treat them with such respect. Strange that they knew the value of productive farmers long ago, while the rest of Africa never heard of such a thing. I wish South Africa had more ministers, like the ones in Botswana.

  • UncleShep - 2012-05-01 12:56

    @koos...Orania is well run....bwahahahahahaha!

  • thalaley - 2012-05-01 16:06

    Yes Good Experience is a Great Teacher. What Legacy are we living on or What Legacy are we leaving behind? What are our motives in the Legacy?Who we are is our pole star to be trusted.

  • thalaley - 2012-05-01 16:11

    Mmanja kuchita kubooka mkuyimbira angwazi..kukamwa kuchita kuuma mkuyimbira angwazi

  • picheII - 2012-05-01 22:14

    Your Excellency Mrs Joyce Banda, thank you for promoting the life of women.These women need to be helped to be self-reliant in their respective homes through small scale businesses and farm clubs.Most of these women always dance for the president in the hope that they will be given some money for the sustainance of their homes. Helping them to be self-reliant is a good way and recommended.. Azimayi manja kuchita kubooka mkuimbira angwazi,kukamwa kuchita kutupa mkuimbira angwazi.Azimayi amaudindo kumakankha azimayi wopanda maudindo asawayandikire amayi afuko pochita magule.

  • riki.anderson1 - 2012-05-02 09:29

    Koos, you have obviously never been outside the borders of South Africa, maybe not even outside the borders of Orania, or which ever town you live. Maybe the odd vacation at Durban. Malawi is known, worldwide as the warm heart of Africa. It is indeed one of the most pleasant countries to visit and go for vacation in the world. It is at the top of the world list of low crime countries. It has the friendliest and most hard working people you will ever meet. It has the second largest lake in Africa with clear water and the most beautiful fish life. Ever heard of Cyclets. A lot of South African people keep them in their fish tanks. There are such a lot of Afrikaans speaking people living and vacationing there that you will even be able to get by in your first language. I can only feel sorry for you, who lives on this beautiful continent, but confine yourself to your own little space. Amongst the poor state of the economy in Malawi, due to donors withdrawing aid, Malawi has been producing sufficient food for themselves over the past two years. It was President Bingu's innitiative to boost Malawi's agriculture by a subsidy sceme and installation of irrigation systems that lead to the withdrawal of aid in the first place. Malawi was in a position last year to sell their excess maize production to the drought stricken Zambia at cost. Need to point out that Malawi is suffering severe droughts itself. Riki

      Gerhard - 2012-05-02 10:27

      People in Malawi are so poor, the roast rats on the fire to eat.

  • picheII - 2012-05-02 23:59

    The Adminstration of the Electoral Commission needs to be scrutinised. There was financial mismanagement of multi-million Kwachas allocated at local elections of councillors. Where is that issue? Does it mean the head of this organisation did not know of any funds mismanagement? For this organisation to be trusted it needs to be transparent and accountable in its service to the nation. If it is corrupt can we trust it to conduct elections? The answer is no. New Commissioners cannot just be appointed in the electoral commission without full probe in this corrupt practices. The truth must be revealed.This commission needs to be democratic and not biased at all times. At the moment we do not trust it,it needs clean up as well.

  • picheII - 2012-05-04 00:03

    Sibwinodi kumamwamwata chuma cha boma,komanso sibwino kusakaza chuma cha boma.sibwino boma kudzisakazira chuma pomagula zinthu zimene zingapsinje ufulu wa democracy wa aMalawi monga kugula matchini aukazitape(spy machine)pamene muzipatala mukusowa mankhwala.Panado wambirimbiri akadagulidwa ndi ndalamazi zotayika pa matchiniwa.Ndalamazinso zikadagwira ntchito yopangira aMalawi ma Identity Documents(ziphaso zaunzika)

  • picheII - 2012-05-05 08:43

    Those who misused(public funds or government funds) must face the law.Its the money for the people aimed at National Service Delivery and not individual pocket service delivery.They abused their power by stealing public funds.Reconciliation does not mean to run away from the law.This multi-corruption practices from the trunk must be extended to the branches and leaves through proper probes and investigations to create New Malawi which is free from corruption. The law itself it is the one to reconcile the Nation and not Individuals or individual to reconcile the Nation.

  • picheII - 2012-05-05 09:11

    The former regime was the umbrella of corruption(mwafuli wa katangale)and people who know how to clap hands.If one was not corrupt and don`t know to clap hands was kicked out of that umbrella immediately..

  • picheII - 2012-05-12 23:21

    Enanu musiye ndale,munazolowera kunama,katangale.Enanu mudali aphunzitsi abwino,mubwerere kusukulu mukaphunzitse,enanu mudali medical doctors,mubwerere kuchipatala kapena ku clinic mukathandize odwala.Ndale zabodza,mabajeti abodza zidatha. Tili pa New Chapter of which its leaders need to be morally good and ethical(transparent and accountable) to their service.And strive to understand,define,defend and protect the constitution at all cost in good times and during crisis.Good leaders implement not interpret the constitution unlawfully during crisis.

  • picheII - 2012-05-14 23:17

    Chimwemwe Banda amuchita bwino amugululako mano ku MBC

      jletommy - 2012-05-20 21:12

      Chimwemwe Banda anamuchita bwino anamugululako mano ku MBC,anamelako mano ambiri

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