Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) says it will not waiver governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) propaganda to attack the party leadership over the purchase of new top-of-the-range vehicles for the Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya, his deputies, and leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera who is also MCP president.
New MCP spokesperson Alekeni Menyani said the party was shocked at the “wild and savage attacks of propaganda” from the DPP led government, which, he said, is using public broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to divert the attention of Malawians from other important issues.
“The MCP will not waiver at such propaganda but work to bring accountability in furtherance of development, democracy and its values in order to restore the dignity of Malawian people through acceptable channels.
“We, as MCP, will never sink so low to the levels of the recent propaganda and we will not be cowed into silence during the forthcoming meeting [of Parliament] but to press for transparency and accountability,” he said as quoted in the press.
Menyani said DPP should instead explain to Malawians how the government is resolving the massive shortage of drugs, problems in the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), produce a list for all Malawians to see of the 116 people who accompanied President Peter Mutharika to the United Nations General Assembly.
The procurement of the vehicles at Parliament was not a political function of the office of the Speaker and Leader of Opposition, but a technical process guided by policy in terms of ranking in the public service; according to Menyani.
“Such assets as referred to by him are institutional in nature. That is why Leader of Opposition vehicle is MG 393 AH belonging to the government of Malawi. If we have changed policy then it’s important to communicate to those with authority to discharge such a function,” he said.
Deputy Clerk of Parliament responsible for corporate services, Renard Mapemba has said the vehicles for the Speaker, his deputies and the Leader of Opposition were procured in the last financial year, 2014/15, following approval from the Office of the President and Cabinet Ref. No. 16/06/4 dated 4th July, 2014.