Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has unleashed venom on “crass and insensitive” remarks made by ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Ecklen Kudontoni, that Malawi statutory corporations chief executive officers (CEOs) should support the government without question.
MCP president Lazarus Chakwera who is also leader of opposition said Kudontoni remarks were utterly undemocratic.
“MCP demands a retraction of such undemocratic statements and a censoring of the official [Kudontoni] by the party [DPP] leadership unless what was said reflects his master’s voice,” said Chakwera.
Kudontoni had said Saturday during a DPP meeting in Mzuzu that “it was time for those who fought for the party to start enjoying fruits.”
He went on to say that company CEOs were supposed to propel the agenda of the DPP government without question, arguing they were all appointed by the incumbent leadership.
But Chakwera warned that if DPP cannot separate party and state then they were in for trouble.
“If that’s the case then talk of reforms is an insult to all Malawians who deserve and desire demonstrable change,” said Chakwera.
“We repeat, if what is reported to have been uttered by the DPP secretary general in Mzuzu is true, then there is moral bankruptcy in the party’s leadership and Malawians should not expect that cashgate will come to an end,” said Chakwera.
He added: “Coercing CEOs of statutory corporations to dip into taxpayers’ money for partisan party support to DPP us fraudulent and bad governance as well as a continuation of cashgate.”
But the leader of opposition challenged that such “will not happen under our watch because Malawians know better.”
DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila could not immediately comment on what is the party’s stand on Kudontoni’s remarks.
But DPP insiders said some sections of the partly leadership brass were irked with Kudontoni, saying he “overstepped the mark.”
“If Kudontoni has any decency he will withdraw his comments and apologise,” said one party member.
Mustapha Hussein, a political scientist at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, expressed his disappointment over the remarks, saying DPP should “distinguish between party and government business.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :