Malawi government spokesperson Jappie Mhango has said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government will accommodate views of political analysts and citizens in general even if the views are critical to the current leadership of President Peter Mutharika and his party.
Mhango, who is also Minister of Information, gave the assurances after Chancellor College political analyst Blessings Chinsinga claimed he has been receiving death threats from unknown people for being too critical to the Mutharika administration.
Chinsinga says he suspects he is being targeted by regime operative following the comments he made at the last Public Affairs Committee (PAC) meeting that the nation is in deep political, economic and social problems because of “accidental presidents” and “try and error” leaders who have ruled the nation since the dawn of multiparty politics in 1994.
He therefore announced that he has stopped commenting on any political, economic and social matters in Malawi.
But speaking inside ‘Times Talk’ Programme on Times Radio on Wednesday, the Information minister downplayed Chinsinga fears. He said Malawians should not be worried of their security.
“APM (Arthur Peter Mutharika) government listens to its people and cannot let its people being threatened,” said Mhango dismissing Chinsinga’s claims as baseless.
“Chinsinga is a citizen of Malawi and it’s the duty of the government to protect him and together with the rest of its people through Police” he added.
While distancing the government and DPP from Chinsinga’s claimed death threats, Mhango advised Chinsinga to report the matter to police if it is indeed true that he is being threatened.
The minister further wondered why Chinsinga can be the only person claiming he is being threatened whilst there were several participants who spoke at the PAC meeting.
“Chinsinga claims he has been receiving death threats following comments he made at the PAC meeting and I think these claims are baseless because there were so many people at the meeting but we haven’t heard anyone complaining that he or she is being threatened,” said Mhango.
Controversial Rumphi East parliamentarian Kamlepo Kalua also joined in the programme through a telephone call and pleaded with Chinsinga to be strong and not to stop criticizing the DPP government.
Kalua said Chinsinga has views that can help develop Malawi.
He said those currently in power are “intoxicated with leadership” hence they can’t listen to whatever people are advising them.
Kalua therefore vowed to soldier own in pointing out the weak areas of Mutharika leadership without fear, saying there is executive arrogance.
“These people cannot threaten me akuchepera kaba, Kamlepo sangamukwanitse“, challenged Kamlepo before he was ordered not to comment more of things that were outside the topic by the host Brian Banda.
Chinsinga refused to comment anything when he was contacted during the programme.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :