Written By Pemphelo Kawale and Enock Balakasi
State Vice – President who is also the president of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) Saulos Chilima has expressed disatisfaction over the recent fuel price reduction.
Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) has revised downwards pump prices of fuel with immediate effect a month after State Chilima asked the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) administration to either reduce prices of fuel or face unspecified action.
Speaking during a rally at Masangano ground, Traditional Authority Kalumo in Ntchisi on Saturday, Chilima said the reduction is just too minimal and does not match on the global market.
Chilima further said that the prices has gone down because he has been pushing for the reduction when the prices went up.
“They have reduced the prices because we were against the hike and we were pushing for the reduction, however, the reduction is too minimal that we are still not catching up on the global market,” said Chilima.
He said it is his wish to see the prices going down further than it is now.
According to the revised price structure, diesel will now be selling at K949.60 from K990.40 per litre, petrol is now at K923.50 from K990.30, while paraffin is pegged at K781.80 fromK785.00 per litre.
A statement signed by Mera board chairperson Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe and its chief executive officer Collins Magalasi said the regulator has considered recent trends in the world petroleum products prices and changes in other macroeconomic fundamentals on the local market and their impact on energy prices.
Chilima added that he has got people’s welfare at heart as witnessed by how government is currently rushing into implementing what is in UTM’s manifesto.
He retaliated that the elderly fund and free education was the brainchild of UTM though the government is busy claiming that the plans were already there.
The vice wondered as to why the DPP government is busy implementing the policies now and in such a hurry if the plans were already there.
“Where were they all this time to implement the policies now because as it is they are doing things in a hurry,” he said.
Chilima then expressed optimism that come May 2019 he will be the president of the republic of Malawi.
Chilima said that soon after the party’s convention which is expected to take place on Monday 17th December, the elected national governing body will start strategizing on how people will be ferried to the inauguration ceremony come May 22, 2019.
The party also donated 20 iron sheets for the completion of school block at Masangano primary school.