Former Malawi Finance Minister Ken Lipenga has been linked to be behind a column, the Talking Blues in Malawi’s flagship Daily Times newspaper despite insiders at the newspaper company saying it is another person.
Talking Blues column under the pseudo name, Mapwiya Muulupale was first published the column in the Daily Times of 29th April, 2016 and repeated it on Friday 6th May, 2016.
Lipenga, a former literature lecturer at Chancellor College in the University of Malawi is said the brains behind the column.
But other sources said it is another person who opts not to be known and has a good flair of English writting like Lipenga.
Lipenga reportedly approached the Times Group with the column proposal which has gotten the nod of management to appear in the Daily Times every Friday.
The former minister, currently jobless after losing his Phalombe East Constituency in 2014 to an independent candidate Amos Mailosi was first said tipped to take up the post as Managing Editor of Times Group which is now headed by versatile George Kasakula.
In his inaugural column and the second one last Friday, ‘Mapwiya Muulupale’, took to town
attacking the personality of Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and his administration.
The author apparently uses another pseudo email account;[email protected].
In the first column published on the 29th of April, Lipenga mounted an arsenal of attacks on President Mutharika and his leadership.
Lipenga argued in his column that President Mutharika should not be given more time but rather Malawians should rise up against him now.
“Do I have a deadline for His Excellency? He has enough on his plate, therefore I will not add one more.”
Ken Lipenga formerly worked as editor-in-chief on Daily Times where he used to write influential column ‘Off –the Cuff’ and is also the founding editor of The Nation newspaper before joining politics under the then ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) of former President Dr Bakili Muluzi.
He then quit to join the Democratic Progressive Party before further moving on to join the Peoples Party (PP) of former President Joyce Banda and later losing his parliamentary seat in 2014.
According to officials in the PP, Ken Lipenga has been repositioning himself to replace former President Joyce Banda as presidential candidate in the forth coming general elections in 2019.
Lipenga was fired as Finance Minister by former President Joyce Banda in 2013 on demands from the international donor community after he was discovered to have been the initiator of the looting of taxpayer’s money commonly known as Cashgate.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :