When the DPP administration took back government in May 2014, the economy was bad. Apart from gross incompetence of Joyce Banda’s administration, a high currency devaluation of around 50% with an immediate flotation of the exchange rate regime and automatic fuel pricing mechanism in 2012 and the Cash-gate corruption scandal of 2013 bruised the economy really bad. Among other indicators of an ailing economy in the ICU, inflation sky rocketed to about 30% and the currency was very unstable. And donors withdrew budgetary aid. This means that Mutharika inherited a hopelessly dysfunctional economy.