Special Advisor to President Joyce Banda on Politics and Communication, Elias Wakuda Kamanga has condemned Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) president, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera for describing Banda’s administration as childish.
Kamanga said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times on Tuesday that Chakwera’s sentiments are motivated by an apparent outrage at the prospect of losing the Presidential Elections, which are only two months away.
He said faced with an atrocious past during its 30-year reign, Chakwera has a lot of work to do to convince the Malawian voter than accusing Banda.
“State House would like to state that Dr. Chakwera’s assertions are unacceptable, to say the least. His description of this administration is rude and that he is being disrespectful not only to the Head of State and Government but also to the people of Malawi,” reads the statement.
“We would like to state without any fear of contradiction that at no time has Dr. Joyce Banda administration ran away from the issues rocking the nation today, including the ‘infamous’ Cashgate Scandal.
“President, Dr. Joyce Banda, has made it clear, from the outset, that these are our problems, as a nation, and that the solutions to these challenges ought to be home-grown. She has, however, invited cooperating partners, including friendly foreign governments, to assist the country in dealing with these challenges,” the statement said.
According to the statement, President Banda is consultative in her leadership as she has been inviting influential groups, including Civil Society, Private Sector and Political Party leaders to ‘brainstorm’ on how the country can effectively confront these challenges.
Kamanga said Chakwera’s approach to national issues lacks political etiquette.
“It is absolutely unfortunate that this is coming from a man who only one year ago was leading people to spiritual awareness and moral uprightness. It is unbelievable that such careless talk can originate from a man who seeks to lead the entire nation as Head of State.
“In his wildest imagination, Dr. Chakwera suggests that the Government of Malawi is deliberately conniving with the British Government to hide the names of individuals and companies mentioned in the ‘Cashgate’ ForensicAudit Report. Chakwera was explaining the manner in which government was handling several issues of national interest,” said Kamanga in the statement.