Minister of Home Affairs Uladi Mussa, who is also ruling People’s Party (PP) vice president for the central region, ON Sunday said there is increasing backbiting and double speak, in the PP virtually confirming the former ruling party is burning.
Speaking at Mazengera Primary School Ground in Lilongwe where he had accompanied President Joyce Banda at a political rally, Mussa said one of the backbiting issue was that some leaders in the PP were spreading stories that he was bitter for not being appointed as the party’s Presidential running mate in the May 20 tripartite elections.
“Some of you spread lies that I had slowed down on party work. You have been saying that I am now quiet. You have been spreading lies that I had abandoned the President because of her choice of the running mate. Please my fellow PP officials let us stop backbiting, telling lies about others. That is not good for the party,” said Mussa looking serious and concerned.
The outspoken politician said he had not changed political goal-posts as speculated by PP insiders, saying there were some leaders in PP who speak spitefully or slanderously about others.
“I was out of the country for some weeks because the President assigned me to do some tasks overseas. Does that mean that I had abandoned the president?
“Ladies and Gentlemen, there is one running mate at a time. From May 21, it will be President Joyce Banda and Sosten Gwengwe as her vice president. Malawi has not ended at Gwengwe choice. Malawi will continue to be there. This is his time full stop. We are supporting him and the president,” he said
At the same rally, presidential advisor of women affairs Mai Magrret Chiponda commended Uladi for his dedication and hard work in the party. Her remarks sounded ironical. She seemed to have been cementing on the rumours.
“You, Uladi, continue working hard and being dedicated. Let us help the president,” she said.
JB’s running mate Sosten Gwengwe took time to castigate opposition Malawi Congress Party president Rev. Lazarus Chakwera saying it was a shame that he dumped his church service as an ordained pastor and go into politics.
“Great religious leaders like Lai Lama of Tibet, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa have been there for long and never abandoned their vocation. But Chakwera has dumped his vocation for politics thinking there is more monetary profit in politics. That is greed,” he said.
But PP hierarchy has many clerics who include Rev Macdoonald Sembereka, Rev Malani Mtonga, Rev Peter Kaleso and Rev Brown Soko.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :