MZUZU—K1.5 billion is missing from the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) and the elite of former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) know what happened to the money and they should be held accountable.
President Banda spoke Friday at Edingeni in Mzimba where she closed a campaign for Mzimba South West constituency for next Tuesday's bye-elections.
"Someone is claiming we destroyed the economy. Don't think Malawians are stupid they know who destroyed the economy. The mess is big," the president said.
Banda said the newly appointed chairperson of the NFRA told her that the country’s grain reserve borrowed from banks but the money disappeared.
"The amount is K1.5 billion which NFRA borrowed but it cannot be traced. I have told him to tell Malawians what he found out and go for those who take Malawians for granted," said Banda.
Banda, who is finishing the late Bingu wa Mutharika's term after his sudden death in April, said accusations that the People's Party's administration was failing to manage the country were coming from dishonest people.
The president said the majority of Malawians live in rural areas and it was appropriate that she engages them in development.
"The days of making decision about people without them are gone. This time it’s different. I will take them and engage them,” she said.
The last comment could be sees as answering to the concern by Malawians that the president, who returned this week from the United States where she attended the 67th UN General Assembly, preaching what she doesn’t practice herself.
After taking a huge entourage which included chiefs to the UN, Pres Banda defended her decision, saying some of them attended meetings on her behalf while she attended to other matters.
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