By Kenson McCloud
There have been mixed reactions to President Lazarus Chakwera’s MWK500 Billion Socio-Economic COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
Some have described the 2021-2023 roadmap as mere rhetoric while some have commended the package.
In an interview with Timveni, one of the country’s political commentators Ernest Thindwa hailed the plan saying it provides glimpse of hope as it lays out the direction the country will be taking in the next two years.
"It is significant that Chakwera has identified key areas his administration will focus on in its attempt to address the economic challenges that have rocked the nation," said Thindwa.
Thindwa added that the president should be given the benefit of doubt.
However, youth rights activist Lucky Mbewe has thrashed Chakwera’s plan labelling it lip service.
Mbewe has faulted Chakwera for making empty promises that have so far failed to have huge impact on the youth.
During his speech, delivered on Tuesday night, Chakwera among other revealed plans to review the National Economic Empowerment Fund (NEEF) Limited and ensure establishment of the National Youth Service.
Instead of making new promises, Mbewe said the president needs to reflect on government’s stance on employment and corruption.