The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has taken its turn on Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera accusing him of creating anarchy and disorder by inciting Malawians to rise up against President Peter Mutharika’s administration.
Over the weekend Chakwera issued a stern warning that he will be forced to lead a mass protest against worsening corruption in government, and accused President Mutharika of giving corrupt big wigs in his government amnesty from corruption crackdown.
Chakwera threatened to call supporters onto the streets if President Mutharika will not meet the eight demands he has set as plan of action and that he immediately comes to Parliament in person to give a full report of the progress.
And DPP through its Publicity Secretary, Francis Kasaila has hit back at the leader of opposition in Parliament, accusing him of taking his political message too far “as his statements threaten to destabilize our society by undermining Constitutional foundations of our democracy”.
“Such political emotions demonstrate an amateurish approach to national issues and this behavior is out of tune with the conduct expected of any leader of opposition late alone of a president of a political party,” argues Kasaira in a statement issued on Wednesday and made available to Nyasa Times on Thursday.
Kasaila said Chakwera was trying to reenact brutal dictatorship and anarchy Malawians suffer at hands of MCP under the regime of late President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, urging Malawians to ignore the calls to revolt.
DPP has since branded Chakwera who has defied calls to be probed, as ignorant and a threat to democracy, arguing his calls for Mutharika to dictate Anti Corruption Bureau operations is undermining the rule of law.
“We have observed with utter shock that Hon. Dr. Chakwera is completely ignorant of the principles of governance in Malawi….Hon. Dr. Chakwera’s public parade of ignorance and falsehood sharply contrast his claimed doctorate and title of “reverend’ which he undeservedly dangles around.”
There is no immediate comment from Chakwera and MCP but on Monday he challenged calls by some civil society organizations for ACB to probe him over his under-construction multi-million mansion in Lilongwe, saying he was not afraid.
Chakwera confirmed to be constructing a house in Lilongwe but said it was not the one the civil society organizations claim.
He could not disclose the source of his income, arguing he is ready to explain his wealth, if need be, dating way back from his days as church leader.
Chakwera has been accused of playing double-standards and demonstrating high level of hypocrisy for not disclosing the source of his money and wealth.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :