Government has rubbished reports that it has engaged former Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, to be part of the Malawi team to meet the visiting International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation next week.
The social media has been awash with reports that the former minister has accepted to be part of the contingent that will moderate with the IMF team which will see the Bretton Woods institution restarting the Extended Credit Facility that was discountinued in 2020.
Responding to the question sought to ascertain if the news making rounds is true, Minister of Information and Digitisation who is also government spokesperson, Gospel Kazako, said the Tonse government cannot engage same people who plunged the economy of this country into crisis.
“This is good example of fake news. We cannot engage the same people and individuals who messed up this country by reporting lies to the IMF and others through the Reserve Bank,” said Kazako.
The minister said the claims are propaganda advanced by the opposition aimed the remarkable strides the Chakwera administration has registered in resuscitating the economy.
In a separate interview, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Sosten Gwengwe, said he will weigh in on the matter on Friday.
He, however, said the stories circulating on social media are propagated by the anti-government in order to tarnish the good image of President Chakwera’s administration.
“That’s fake social media propaganda. We have been in discussions with the IMF every Wednesday 5pm for the past few months said and Gondwe has not been involved in those discussions. Goodal has not been involved in any way from day one,” said Gwengwe.
The Chakwera administration inherited the economy on the death bed due to the poor fiscal discipline and widespread corruption under the Democratic Progressive Party watch that it took some prudent austerity measures to bring life into it. Goodal Gondwe was part of the government which cooked figures in their reports to the IMF which led to the suspension of its support to Malawi government.