The intention of the maize export ban that President Peter Mutharika and his government imposed in a year of bumper harvest was crystal clear for all to see. It was to restrict the bumper harvest to the domestic market, so that its price should hit rock bottom. Food or specifically maize is the main driver of inflation and so the great grand scheme of conspiracy was to reduce it to single digit though rock bottom maize prices because it was in abundance.
I will not get tired of asking this question, for the mere reason that I do think it is a fundamental one as it goes to the core of our very being: What crime have we, Malawians, committed against Mother Nature to deserve the kind of leadership that we have across the board in this country, a leadership that is responsible for our misery? Examples of the debilitating failure of leadership that, in turn, fails Malawians every day, are there for all to see. The energy problems are a classic example.
Instead of addressing issues that are of concern to Malawians, President Peter Mutharika chose to engage in his favourite pastime of picking fights with the media on arrival from the United States on Monday. I am deliberately avoiding describing his arrival as coming from United Nations General Assembly because that is merely the excuse which was being peddled. The truth is; the president went to the US partly for a visit but also to check on old acquaintances.
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