CDEDI calls for cushioning measures over COVID-19 economic shock


Centre for Democratic and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has called on the Tonse Alliance government led by President Lazarus Chakwera to consider bail out packages for the people.

Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa said the shock to the economy arising from the uncertainty needs to be capped.

Namiwa cautioned the Tonse government that should they consider implementing a national lockdown, then they have to put in place measures to cushion the poor and the marginalized people in society.

He cited the way they cautioned the immediate past regime of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that any decision that government makes should be accompanied with the necessary remedies.

“Go back to the drawing board and re-strategize on how the COVID-19 pandemic can be contained,” Namiwa said.

He added: “We would like to re-emphasize the point of thorough consultations before coming up with any decision.

CDEDI has since reminded President Lazarus Chakwera that Malawians still remember the promises he made together with the Vice President Saulos Chilima during the campaign period that they proposed solutions to the pandemic.

“This is the time, we believe, that they have to execute and implement such solutions,” he said.