Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika In Public Minibus: Buys Potatoes, Bonya At Lilongwe Flea Market Amidst Cheers
Business came to a stand still in the capital Lilongwe when Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) interim leader Professor Peter Mutharika abandoned his fifty plus fleet of his luxurious, for a public commuter (minibus), just to shop bonya and potatoes.
According to Mutharika’s personal assistant Ben Phiri, the surprise trip was also meant to have a personal feel of the impact of devaluation and floatation of the Malawi Kwacha on poor Malawians.“Other politicians are commenting on the devastating effects of devaluation and floatation of the Kwacha from what they are hearing in the media, so this was just a min survey on the part of Professor Mutharika,” said Phiri.
After buying the items, Mutharika also cultivated attention as he was heading for Lilongwe minibus terminal for another public commuter on the way back to his Area 10 base.
Effects of devaluation and floatation of the local currency is taking the centre stage in the on going meeting of parliament, with the opposition side accusing the Joyce Banda government of plunging Malawians in the irredeemable suffering because of wholesale implementation of IMF policies.