In a dramatic turn of events, the Malawi government has finally softened up and has since invited the Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) to a round table discussion on the petition the rights body presented during the non-violent mass action on January 17 2013.
In a letter addressed to CAMA’s Executive Director, John Kapito, Minister of Information and Civic Eduction, Moses Kunkuyu, has invited the organizers of the January 17 demonstrations to a meeting to be held in the Ministry of Finance conference room starting from 2PM on Friday February 15 2013.
“Following our earlier consultation, I am pleased to invite you to a meeting with the Government of the Republic of Malawi on the petition which your organization recently submitted to the Government,” reads the letter dated February 12 2013
In the January 17 petition, the consumer rights body asked the Joyce Banda government to abandon the floatation of the Kwacha against the major foreign currency in the face of a devaluation which was effected soon after the incumbent took over power following the tragic death of Bingu wa Muthalika. Since the devaluation, the Kwacha has been on a free fall which has in turn resulted in a high cost of living.
The petitioners had asked President Mrs Joyce Banda to declare her asset; a constitutional provision that the president and her handlers have vehemently refused to comply; arguing she already did so when she became State Vice President in 2009.
It is yet to be known if the Friday’s discussion will bear any tangible fruits in addressing the plight of a Malawian consumer