Malawi’s president has had enough. He said if donors want to withdraw from Malawi, “let them leave and go.”
Bingu wa Mutharika made the bold statement on Sunday (March 4) at a ceremony naming a new road in his honor. He accused Western donors of funding demonstrations by opposition groups questioning his personal wealth. He urged his supporters to “step in” and ”defend their father.”
Malawi has seen a number of aid freezes last year. Germany, Norway, Ireland, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corp., the European Union and the United Kingdom have stopped supporting Malawi because of human rights issues. The country’s parliament tweaked a law penalizing homosexuality and expanding the government’s control of the media in 2010.
The pullouts have left a hole in Malawi’s budget, of which 40 percent comes from foreign aid. It also threatens the AIDS fight in the country and hurting its economic growth, AlertNet reports.
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