THIS year’s national budget session was opened in Lilongwe yesterday by President Peter Mutharika who has admitted that his government accepts the blame on the country’s power shortages.
In his State of The Nation Address yesterday, Mutharika said: “When I hear Malawians being angry because we have power shortages I understand. We have let down Malawians for too many years since independence.
“When people point fingers at me I understand, that is the sacrifice of leadership, to carry the responsibility of those who governed this country before me.”
The president indicated that diesel-powered generators which are expensive are a short term measure of minimizing the problem.
He however, said the country is paying the price of neglecting the energy sector for the past 50 years.
In his State of the Nation Address, Mutharika assured members of parliament that government is working on trusted long term measures of ending the blackouts.
The 2018/2019 budget opening speech by the President was interrupted twice by the Democratic Progressive Party, DPP supporters who made loud noises before they were sent out of the parliament building by the National Assembly speaker, Richard Msowoya.
Reports also indicate that some suspected DPP supporters also harassed Member of Parliament, Patricia Kaliati, accusing her of supporting the idea of endorsing Vice President, Saulosi Chilima to lead DPP in the next year’s presidential elections.
The same suspects beat up a Times Group photojournalist at the same venue.
Members of parliament will continue discussing the budget on Monday.