It has been established that daughter of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kabwila who has been sacked barely a month after being hired as intern in the Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is just one of the many interns in government ministries and departments who are being let go due to logistical issues.
Louisa Angella Kabwila was offered the post of academic intern on 8 January 2016.
The MCP spokesperson described her daughter’s loss of internship as a political matter as a result of her demand for President Peter Mutharika to resign.
But officials at Foreign Affairs ministry said she was let go not necessarily because she is daughter to vocal MCP parliamentarian, Jessie Kabwila.
The officials said those who know Louisa’s parentage are sure that she cannot be
victimized by the DPP regime even if it were for her mother’s sins.
“That can never be true. Louisa is daughter to Jessie and Rev Mwanamveka who is currently on a diplomatic posting to China. If Louisa’s fate was political persecution, even the father would have
been recalled from foreign service,” revealed the Foreign Affairs source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The source went further to shed more light on Louisa’s “wide network within the DPP family.”
Moreover, Louisa’s direct uncle, Joseph Mwanamveka is Minister of Trade and Industry in President Peter Mutharika’s lean cabinet.
“With those strong connections do you think Louisa could have been targeted for elimination alone?” queried the official.
The exercise of releasing interns has also affected ministries of Information and Tourism, Finance, Energy and Sports & Culture among others. So far some 71 interns have received the same kind of letter that Louisa got, Nyasa Times understands.
“We all know government is going through a tough financial regime as such it is not possible to keep interns in place as was the case before. When the economy stabilizes then we will surely recall and
even get more interns on board,” a Ministry of Finance official is quoted as saying.
When a picture of Louisa’s letter of termination of attachment was made public, Kabwila claimed it is a series of government’s actions aimed at demoralising her fight for the common person against the evils of a failed DPP reign.
But economist and commentator on social issues, Henry Kachaje posted on Facebook saying Louisa Angela Kabwila has fallen “victim” to the “political sins” of her mother.
“This is a sad story. We are not moving forward. There are some people who are still bent on taking us back to the evils of the dictatorial one party state. Will Malawians remain quite and be dragged back into the dark past?”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :