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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Ngalamayi
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Ngalamayi
3 months 19 days ago

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!

Optic Computer
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Optic Computer
3 months 19 days ago

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

abinte
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abinte
3 months 20 days ago

We are all vitsiru.iweyonso

tsetsefly
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tsetsefly
3 months 20 days ago
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… Read more »
VYOTO
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VYOTO
3 months 20 days ago

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.

Buyelekhaya
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Buyelekhaya
3 months 20 days ago

@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!

john
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john
3 months 20 days ago

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

Bwande
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Bwande
3 months 20 days ago

The picture says it all. Madam Kaliati

Dengu
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Dengu
3 months 20 days ago

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.

GN Phiri
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GN Phiri
3 months 20 days ago

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

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