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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Stop politicking over the performance of your economies, Mutati tell politicians

Economy Stop politicking over the performance of your economies, Mutati tell politicians

Mutati speaks to party officials in Ndola on Sunday.
Mutati speaks to party officials in Ndola on Sunday.

Former Finance Minister Felix Mutati has advised politicians on the continent to desist from politicking over the performance of their economies.

Mr Mutati says the continent’s economy cannot be managed through propaganda and playing politics.

He observed that most of the times, politicians live in denial and always use phrases to show that they are on top of things in the running of the economy when in fact not.

Mr. Mutati who is the 2017 ACCA Global Advocacy award winner said politicians can no longer hide the performance of the economy because the exchange rate will always expose them.

“in the words of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, You cannot hide the performance of an economy because the exchange rate will expose you. Also more importantly is that you cant manage an economy through propaganda, prayer and through playing politics. Most of the time, us politicians are in denial and always using phrases like we are perfoming” Mr. Mutati said.

And Mr. Mutati has advised that technocrats should be given the space to make mistakes and only then will they be able to learn.

He said politicians must also learn to be in their respective office to serve and not to be served.

And Mr. Mutati has bemoaned the level of corruption spread in some African countries where even institutions created to combat the vice have been affected.

Mr. Mutati was speaking at the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants ACCA, African member’s Convention in Kigali, Rwanda yesterday.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. But boss, the performance of the economy is a direct reflection of the performance of whom ever is in power. So far baPF on power generation – zero, price of mealie meal – zero, inflated project costs – zero, 48 houses – zero, mukula tree scandal – zero. Do the maths and you will see who is doing politics come 2021

    • @2, Clueless tribo H-organiser never listens everytime we tell him that his H-organisation is a tribo H-organisation masquerading as a party. Would he listen when @Obatala and your Prof. No Hinsoni tell him (UNDER FIVE?)

  2. Who the cap fit let them wear it. Mr Mutati is talking from first hand after his experience of fixing economy with prayers and phrases

  3. Mr Mutati, are you saying we should not question our leaders and seek public accountability? Don’t label everything as politicking! Instead tell those in public office to ensure there is transparency and free flow of information by those serving in public office. When things are going wrong in the economy and the kateka is like a spectator or passenger, that is what is worrying for discerning citizens! If you don’t take criticism kindly, don’t seek public office! Those who seek public office should be people who are ready to be criticised and accused! The onus is for the office bearer to prove they have conducted their duties in a manner that is beyond reproach! You can never muzzle the masses! In fact, by not calling for an investigation into allegations of corruption for people to…

  4. In fact, by not calling for an investigation into allegations of corruption for people to clear their names, the accused are fuelling more speculation and uncertainty! What the economy hates is corruption and uncertainty!

  5. You cannot hide the performance of an economy because the exchange rate will expose you. Also more importantly is that you cant manage an economy through propaganda, prayer and through playing politics. Most of the time, us politicians are in denial and always using phrases like we are performing” Mr. Mutati said.

    This is addressed to Lungu the thief which he had failed to tell him when he was serving. The Kwacha has exposed him and wants to hid in prayers and spin.

    • @Alibaba my dear friend Mutati Felix was fired because he started doing the right things. E.g. confiscation of Government Vehicles from anyone using such outside working hours, ministers included. These corrupt Government Officials went to complain to their boss (Lungu), and Mutati was fired. That is what happened

  6. Felix is part of this failure. He ate and supported them together with Nakachinda (Nakashana). Had Felix not been fired would he say the same today? This is the same Felix who played a coup d’état on Nevers Mumba. Has Felix got any morals?
    “You cannot hide the performance of an economy because the exchange rate will expose you. Also more importantly is that you cant manage an economy through propaganda, prayer and through playing politics. Most of the time, us politicians are in denial and always using phrases like we are performing” Mr. Mutati said. But this Mutati was party of the day of National prayers. Why didn’t he advise his best friends then.

  7. This man is just as useless as Tayali that’s why Lungu used him. How can you tell a politician to desist from politicking, what do you want him/her to do? To join the ruling party like you did as a Finance Minister only to be discarded like a condom.

  8. Chinese deliberately make their currency weak to stimulate export. Meanwhile losers like Mutati boast about currency. Spot the difference in GNP

  9. Said the man who ‘stole,’ a whole Political Party, before the judiciary told him it was illegal and to return it back!! If that ain’t corrupt…….

    Corruption in Africa is ingrained in nearly every aspect of life, institutions etc. Even the ordinary citizens steal properties from one another and select/support Political Party’s for a promise of a favour.

    But it is wrong to think Western govts and their citizens are any better! Politics by it’s nature is a game of favours in exchange for a vote and therein lies the problem.

  10. …..and you Mr Mutati, when are you forming your party? I am itching to vote in 2021 but not for the other two fake polithh

  11. Felix Chipota Mutati is only good at talking, he can’t act. When you walk into his office you should count yourself lucky if you walk out with anything. He failed to save so many companies when he served as Minister of Commerce, some didn’t even require capital injection but just policy and Felix failed them despite many assurances. If I were given an opportunity to choose between Felix and GBM, I would go for the latter. Felix is just a sweet talker

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