Leader of the opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa says the new COVID-19 containment and preventive measures require heuristic approaches to cushion economic effects that could foil efforts in enforcing the measures to win the battle.
In a statement issued on 19th January 19, 2021, he implored upon the Tonse leadership to explore avenues which would cushion economic hardships brought about by the current Coronavirus preventive measures.
He appealed to the government to consider reducing fuel and water tariffs in order to ease cost of living
Nankhumwa also called on the Chakwera led administration to facilitate socio-cash transfers to the most vulnerable in society in order to ease their hardships.
“Some two years ago if not last year, government engaged plans to reduce even fuel pump prices because the reduced fuel for now it means that as you know that fuel is a catalyst for business growth.
“I think this will be a very good thing to do and as a country we’re going to benefit from that because in whatever circumstances we are in, we need to maintain the economy because the survival of the economy is also very important for personal survival” he noted
Political, economic and governance experts have stressed on the need for Malawi to implement long-term goals that would soften the local economy as no country in the world has been spared by the pandemic