Kaliati hits at Malawi News over DPP’s ‘old-habits-die-hard’ report

Government spokesperson, Patricia Kaliati, has rejected a report which appeared in Malawi News and photographic evidence that showed the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been ferrying  party supporters in State cars to party political meetings.

DPP ferries supporters to a political rally in Malawi government vehicle.-Photo by Malawi News

DPP ferries supporters to a political rally in Malawi government vehicle.-Photo by Malawi News

The paper reported that DPP used government vehicle MG 731 AF from Department of Forestry in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, which ferried DPP supporters to a political rally by President Peter Mutharika in Chitipa last Wednesday.

DPP transported supporters from different areas to the meeting.

Chief Secretary to Government, George Mkondiwa and Secretary for Natural Resources and, Energy and Mining,  Kester Kaphaizi expressed ignorance on the matter.

Even the DPP Secretary General, Ecklen Kudontoni and DPP Regional Governor for the North,  Kenneth Sanga, distanced the party from the alleged ferrying of supporters using a government vehicle.

And Kaliati, who is also Minister of Information, accused the weekly paper for what she called sensational reporting “to claim these are old-habits-die-hard” for DPP, saying after all the officials denied knowledge to the matter, it  went ahead to publish and accuse the DPP of abusing state resources and not respecting the separation of party and government functions as enshrined in the Constitution.

“We believe the fact that both the government and DPP distanced themselves from the alleged incident should have been enough for the Malawi News to stop painting the party and Government of abuse of tax payers’ money,” said Kaliati in a statement.

She said it is the policy of the DPP administration, to clearly separate government and party functions.

“The Public Sector Reforms under implementation will go ahead and will not be derailed by a few misguided individuals as well as a hyped up press bent on discrediting government at each and every turn notwithstanding the good progress the country is making under the DPP led administration,” Kaliati said.

She said the media should “move away from cold media tactics” and promote positive, ethical and progressive reporting practise.

 

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20 thoughts on “Kaliati hits at Malawi News over DPP’s ‘old-habits-die-hard’ report”

  1. Ngalamayi says:

    Just because ‘the government and DPP distanced themselves’ doesn’t mean it didn’t happen! Kaliati should be reassuring taxpayers, citizens that what is clear for all to see is being investigated and the culprits brought to justice. No democracy blames the media for doing their job… and this is what they did here, unless someone can prove otherwise. Kaliati never accepts any wrongdoing: she and her party are always in the right, she wants you to believe! Malawians aren’t stupid!

  2. Optic Computer says:

    We must all be sleeping if we can’t see the party colours of the DPP cadres in MG pickup.

  3. abinte says:

    We are all vitsiru.iweyonso

  4. tsetsefly says:

    I now can confirm that this country is in big trouble. This vindicates the fears I had in 2014 before the elections that putting DPP back to office is but a big mistake. These guys will not change for the better. They will ripoff the nation until there is nothing in the coffers. I find it very naïve that a full minister would deny the facts presented by the paper in question with vivid evidence attached. So in addition to being public resource abusers DPP is also full of inconsistent liars. My little advice to DPP is learn to say sorry sometimes. There and then can we take you to be a serious club of tired politicians.

  5. VYOTO says:

    THIS IS WHAT WE CALL THROWING SPANNERS INTO SOMEBODY’S WORK .WHILE THE VICE PRESIDENT, SAULOS CHILIMA IS DOING A COMMENDABLE JOB IN HIS REFORM WORK,THE DPP INNER CIRCLE AND THE CHIEF SECRETARY, OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLE, ARE DOING THE OPPOSITE.THIS IS JUST ONE CASE OUT OF THE SO MANY.

  6. Buyelekhaya says:

    @Binte, I’m not attacking your person but to be honest and blunt with u, without punching holes into whatever you’ve written aspect by aspect, I would like to echo what a fellow contributor has described you before-you are a complete dunderhead indded!

  7. john says:

    THE MORE WE DO THE REFORMS, THE MORE THINGS REMAIN THE SAME!! JUST TELL US IF YOU WANT THOSE REFORMS DONE OR NOT..

  8. Bwande says:

    The picture says it all. Madam Kaliati

  9. Dengu says:

    So, say I saw someone shoot another person dead. If, when I ask the gunman’s mother if the gunman had done the deed she denies it, that would be the end of the matter, following Kaliati’s logic.

  10. GN Phiri says:

    Mwanjira ina mukuvomera kuti nkhaniyi njoona! Nanga bwanji ena akutaya nthawi kukana? ndimve za ndani pamenepa?

  11. WApaphata says:

    WTF? seriously this guy thinks there is nothing wrong with ferrying party supporters to a political rally in a government vehicle, yet dziko lomwe lino anthu akubereka mitembo kunsana chifukwa chosowa gasoline ndi ma ambulance mu zipatala zathu?

  12. abinte says:

    It has come to my attention that every news paper wants good story just to attract and sale more papers.but one secret i have when and before i buy a newspaper is looking at the headline.the headline does say everthing.when the want to twist the attention of the peaple you actually notice it.what made me to come here is the story that dpp is stil using govt cars.I like to honesty. One thing people should is govt and DPP are inseparable. Why am I saying this.president of Malawi government is Prof author peter mutharika and he is President of the DPP.do expect the President to hold apolitical using a DPP branded vehicles? Do you really want the president to leave government security because he is addressing apolitical?another thing people should know is that these people called DPP supporters are Malawians and being dreven in government vehicles is not a crime.1.they are Malawians.2.they pay tax.3they were attending presidential gathering.these are viable reasons for them to board government vehicles.we have seen ambuyanu kumudzi kumwalira koma mkumatenga magalimoto aboma.zimatheka bwanji?ambuyanuwo amagwira ntchito boma?putting on a DPP shirt should not attract any news wealthy writing. Pali misewu yambiri imene boma ikukonza panopa.mpingwe Bangwe mvula road,kanjedza soche technical via mania road,magalasi via mbayani chilimba road many to mention.roadblocks are being built to club umbava.roadblock at trinity going lunzu,greencorner and many.let’s put our focus on what government is doing other than kukankhirana pansi

    1. Petre Mathanyula says:

      So everybody is denying that Dpp did not use government vehicle for party functions and yet the picture in the story clearly shows as such. Anthu munakhala bwanji osavomera zomwe mwalakwitsa nkupepesa???? Or mutanyera pa mseu, nkukufunsani kuti wanyera apa ndani mungavomere??? Mbuzi zawanthu inu. Public sector reform is a non starter unde dpp.

      1. mgoloso says:

        I hope the driver was contacted for his/her comment – otherwise we see people picked by government vehicles everywhere even as we go to work in the morning. It has nothing to do with a particular political party. DPP supporters are Malawians just like anyone else.

      2. mgoloso says:

        Though I am for PP, i see nothing wrong here – only that those who see it as a problem have no other things to do in life for their livelihood. Let us all concentrate on our businesses and make money, otherwise we will be wasting time for nothing at the end of the day. Keep yourself busy with politics if you have chosen to die poor

      3. mgoloso says:

        Who told you that governments bring food on the table? Work hard!!!!!!!!!! – otherwise you will cry forever coz each government that comes into play will do the same – believe you me. Andale amadya mundale – iwe ndi ine tichilimike kumunda basi – tisachedwe ndi zandalezi.

    2. Nangantani says:

      Your reasoning sounds banal, foolish and coming from a dunderhead. just bcoz pali zitukuko zikuchitika then we should allow ur stupid party to misuse govt resources? if you say those in the vehicle pay taxes and are Malawians, do u mean even MCP, PP, AFORD can use such vehicles on political rallies popeza they too pay taxes and are Malawians? stupid stooge iwe ndithu

      1. Kangwazi says:

        Wamuchita bwino.

    3. Ndongotero says:

      Abinte!!! mudzingolemba Chichewa.

      1. Johnstone Chimphentheka says:

        adzilemba chilomwe!!!!!!!!!!!!

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