Minister of Transport Francis Kasira has told Rumphi east MP Kamlepo Kalua to stop pretending he is a powerful political figure who gives the government sleepless nights, saying to the contrary he has never been influential in Malawi politics.
Kasaira was responding to Kalua’s allegations that he was the main target for alleged government sponsorship of a court injunction that prevented him and People’s Party acting president Uladi Mussa from taking the offices of third vice president and acting president respectively.
Kalua said the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) knows he is a political force to reckon with and his new position would have propelled him to new political heights.
However, Kasaila said Kalua is as good as any ordinary person.
“He is not influential. He has failed to leave a mark in Malawi politics. He stood as presidential candidate for a number of years but he miserably failed. He stood as a member of parliament, he failed too until 2014. He was a president of a party but had to abolish it because he knew it was useless,” Kasaira said.
On Kalua’s comments that MBC TV did not give him air time as it did with People’s Party organising secretary Salim Bagus and some regional governors who obtained the injunction, Kasaira said MBC is a public broadcaster and should therefore grant Kalua and other politicians interviews.
He said the ruling party does not influence operations at MBC.
Kalua wondered where the PP officials obtained K200 000 legal fees for the injunction when most of them allegedly struggle to bring food on their meal tables.
Meanwhile, PP acting president Mussa has said the party has gone to the court to vacate the injunction.
He said this after meeting PP central region officials ahead of the mid year budget review.
Uladi said he was hopeful the injunction would be vacated soon so that the party should go ahead with its rebuilding programme.
Unlike Kalua, Mussa thinks it is former vice president Khumbo Kachali who sponsored Bagus and other party officials obtain the injunction.
Absent at the meeting was Kondwani Ng’ong’ona, party deputy director of youth for the centre who had announced his resignation from the party.
He singled out party infighting and lack of democracy in the party as evidenced by appointments of people into positions as evidenceFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :