Karonga Central parliamentarian Frank Mwenifumbo has heaped praises on government for its efforts towards making sure that no Malawian will die of hunger in the country following floods that devastated food crop land last season.
A critic of the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration, Mwenifumbo said such efforts as stocking Agricultural Development Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) with enough food reserves are a sign that government is “serious” about it is talking about.
Following the floods, it is estimated that more than a million Malawians risk starvation. While the DPP government has insisted that no such thing will happen, critics have been sceptical if government can materialize her talk.
Most argue that government has “no capacity” to maintain enough food reserves.
Mwenifumbo told state broadcaster MBC TV that he was “happy” with government’s commitment.
“For the seven years I have been a Member of Parliament I have seen no such a thing happening. All the ADMARC depots in Karonga, and especially my constituency are full,” said the former deputy agriculture minister.
The recording has repeatedly been aired on the state broadcaster despite a precedence of giving little or no airtime at all to critics and the opposition.
Mwenifumbo, who was given a reasonably long interview, however denied plans of joining the ruling DPP.
“No. That will never happen!” he told this reporter.
In the interview, he nodded a blue neck-tie – the official colour for the DPP. Interestingly, also, is that it was during the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s regime that he served as deputy minister.
He fell out of favour with the DPP following his defection to Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP) which assumed power through constitutional orders following Bingu’s death.
But he told Nyasa Times that he was only being “objective.”
According to Mwenifumbo, government “must be commended where need be and must also be criticised when such a situation arises.”
He said: “In the interview, I did not praise the President but government knowing quite well that it is not a single man’s job.”
Asked if he was going to join any party, he expressed reservations.
“I’m better of as an independent MP. I serve my people better this way,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :