We all know that it has been Commando Z Allan Ntata who has been giving the Prime Minister sleepless nights of late. We also know that the Commando has asserted that we have a puppet at state house and that a puppet master is calling the shots.
There are people who were claiming that the puppet master aka Prime Minister Ben Phiri was silent and unmoved with the blistering assertions and revelations from the Commando. They were wrong. The prime minister has been hitting back through his proxies.
The only difference is that Ntata’s articles have been effective for they have been voluntarily carried by almost all credible Malawi online publications. On the other hand, Ben Phiri, having instructed his boys such as Justice Mponda, Chancy Chingwalungwalu aka Magede Si Wandale, James Mwangali, Martin Nkasala and Pato Phoya to assassinate Ntata’s character, the team has been savagely hitting at the lone soldier Commando Ntata using the DPP’s mouth piece, Malawi Voice. But Phiri’s attacks have lacked impact for they have been generally shallow and lacking merit whatsoever, failing to demonstrate clearly if Ntata is indeed unemployed or if he really wants a government job. After all, Ntata himself repudiated the ‘frustrated’ argument by stating on national TV that he was offered a job but turned it down, and that he did not want a government position.
The bottom line is that these DPP cadets, working on strict instructions from Ben Phiri, have generally done a bad job, which has not managed to change the public opinion on Prime Minister Ben Phiri.
Now having seen that his boys have failed to deal with the Commando, the Prime Minister has switched to Plan B in his desperate attempt to throw his first grenade in order to wound the unstoppable Commando.
Ladies and Gentlemen, from state house, the Prime Minister Ben Phiri has by default obeyed Newton’s Third Law of motion. The law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Having analysed the matter, I can reveal that Phiri’s resignation letter to the President is an indirect response and a counter attack on Commando Ntata! Allow me therefore to unpack this!
Why has Prime Minister Ben Phiri resigned?
Ben Phiri is trying to play a tactical game. He is faking a defeat amidst Commando Ntata’s blistering revelations. This is propaganda, pure Propaganda. Fortunately, days for Malawians to be fed with stinking propaganda are long gone and this is why you must know nothing but the truth else don’t say you were never told.
There is a very good reason why the Prime Minister has faked resignation.
The first reason is that he wants to protect his bruised reputation. Commando Ntata in his popular theory stated that Ben Phiri harbors Presidential ambitions. With allegations of corruption raging against him, Phiri’s move has vindicated the Commando that it is indeed so, because all he is trying to do here is control the ACB to clear him of corruption for future reference.
The logic is simple: Phiri knows that Malawians can’t take him serious on his future presidential ambitions with all these damaging stories hanging on his head. It is the same as how Malawians can’t take serious one Bright Malopa if he can think of vying for the Presidency owing to his Makiyolobasi Programme which used to savagely attack and undress our respected fathers and mothers in the name of Bakili Muluzi, John Tembo and Joyce Banda just to mention a few, in order for his masters (Malopas) to gain petty political mileage.
In order to protect his reputation, Prime Minister Ben Phiri has devised a plan to discredit Ntata to the nation. The plan is for all Malawians to not only hear but also appreciate that Ntata is a liar, jealous and not worthy to be listened to.
But in making this move, Phiri has helped enhance Ntata’s rating, which has greatly been boosted owing to his stand to speak for the voiceless. Just do a random survey on the social media on who is evil to Malawians between Commando Ntata and Prime Minister Phiri and you will know that Phiri has sensed danger hence his resignation letter to redeem himself.
This is how he did it:
Ben Phiri recently put a story in one of the online media houses that suggested that Ntata through an organization called ICAT has prepared a dossier on the wealth of Ben Phiri which he got corruptly. Ntata has never claimed to have compiled such a dossier and those of us who have followed Ntata’s writing know that if he has been investigating Ben Phiri, he would have made it clear that he was doing so.
Anyway, a day later, Phiri comes with a resignation letter posing as an angel that he has resigned because he wants to allow those who are claiming that he has accumulated wealth corruptly to freely investigate him so justice can take its course.
Phiri knows that Ntata is not investigating him. He just wants Malawians to believe that he is. The idea is that with passage of time, Ben Phiri should come full throttle discrediting Ntata for having failed to prove that he got his wealth corruptly. At that stage, he can then tell the nation that Commando Ntata is a liar and press defamation charges on the barrister not for them to succeed but just to send the message to Malawians that Ntata has failed.
As you can appreciate, the fight is now getting interesting. It is impossible, however, for Commando Ntata to be cornered in this manner because for us to know Ntata’s assertions, all we have to do is go to his facebook page and follow his articles in the media. If we are to assess the fight so far, however, Commando Ntata seems to be proving that he is not called Commando by mistake.
On the other hand, this resignation letter and the cheap plan to portray Ntata as the villain in this issue has simply exposed Ben Phiri as desperately unsophisticated and dreadfully shallow and unoriginal. Don’t say you were never told!
By the way, given that commando Ntata has on numerous occasions asserted that Phiri is the puppet master and the one that really runs government, it remains to be seen if Mutharika will be able to run the government with Phiri purportedly gone. Perhaps he will find a new puppet master or insist that Phiri should not leave. Watch this space.
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