Member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe Msozi North Godfrey Kamanya who is also Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change on Saturday attacked consumer advocate John Kapito for being critical of the government, saying he must join the political battle field.
Kapito, Chairperson of Consumers Association of Malawi, is organizing protest demonstrations against President Joyce Banda administration’s failure to address current economic challenges, saying it’s their constitutional right scheduled to take place on January 17.
But speaking during a political rally President Banda addressed at Chadza primary school in his constituency, Kamanya accused Kapito of championing January 17 demonstrations, saying it is just a ploy to attract attention to himself.
“I think if Mr. Kapito is so interested in politics, he should go where he comes from and contest as a Member of Parliament,” said Kamanya.
“If he is good enough, he will win and we should meet in parliament and talk politics,” said Kamanya amid huge ululations from the crowd which defied an earlier heavy down pour to witness the meeting.
Kamanya asked President Banda to disregard critics.
“Madam President, let me assure you one thing, we as your government main supporters, we will continue to sell your development agendas to the masses so that people should know you have really performed during the short period you have been in the high office of this country,” said Kamanya.
Kapito said he has no political ambitions and he has taken up the cause of Malawians who are suffering.
The CAMA chief who also kept the Bingu wa Mutharika government on checks when he was head of state-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission, Kapito said he was not going into politics.
“I have said this more than enough that I have never had and will never have [political ambitions],” he said.
“We are just championing a simple cause. To hold people accountable.”
The monopoly to question government is not in the political parties. I am asking Malawians to stand up and demand their rights, demand their economic rights.”
Kapito said his job is to speak on behalf of the marginalised and vulnerable people that do not have platform to do so.
“I will continue doing so without anybody trying to complicate my life into politics,” he declared.
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