Chakwera concerned with fuel price hike

State House Director of Communications Sean Kampondeni says President Lazarus Chakwera is concerned with the recent hike of fuel prices in the country.

According to Kampondeni, the Malawi leader has been fully briefed and is fully supportive of Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) to run its affairs independently.

Kampondeni, who was speaking during this week’s State House media brief at Kamuzu Palace on Monday morning in Lilongwe, said Chakwera is working around the clock to fix what he called a blotted economy.

He added that the President is in talks with various Ministries and Heads of Government Departments on how his administration can cushion the fuel hike impact.

“The President understands the pain that this margin of increase causes to all Malawians, he understands and feels that pain.

“He feels it personally, he knows that an increase of this margin is not a small matter, it is a painful thing, it is distressing to all Malawians,” said Kampondeni.

Meanwhile, President Chakwera is next week Monday expected to meet Principal Secretaries and Heads of government departments at Capital Hill on side-lines of launching the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU).

“This is a Unit which the President is establishing in his own Office to make follow ups with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the government’s agenda.

“Because the President came into power with promises, and those promises will be delivered through these MDAs and there should be a monitoring mechanisms so this PDU is there to monitor what is happening and give periodic reports,” said Acting Presidential Press Secretary Anthony Kasunda.

Kampondeni also announced that President Chakwera is, next week Tuesday on 19 October 2021, expected to leave the country for Kenya, where he has been invited by his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, then he will proceed to Dubai enroute to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland.

The President is expected to return home on 6 November 2021.

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