Chiwaya tells Malawi leader: UDFand PP are political rivals

United Democratic Front (UDF) Member of Parliament for Mangochi Central Constituency on Wednesday told President Joyce Banda in the face that UDF legislators keep a distance from government when it comes to politics.

Chiwaya was speaking at Mangochi boma on Wednesday  when  President Banda opened the newly constructed Mangochi Central Market which has cost government over K150 million from its Capital Development Fund.

The Member of Parliament for Mangochi Central C said the marriage between UDF MPs and government was only available in Parliament and not outside.

“We will work together in all aspects but when it comes to politics, we shall keep a distance,” said Chiwaya.

Chiwaya: UDF to travel its own political journey

He explained that their relationship with government was for the sake of “smooth deliberations” in the National Assembly because they feared DPP legislators would sabotage many efforts.

Added Chiwaya: “I am not PP. I am UDF and I will remain UDF. There is good co-existence among party supporters here and that should be commended.”

At the function, jubilant UDF supporters were clad in their party cloth.

President Banda included two UDF MPs, Atupele Muluzi and  Ibrahim Matola in her cabinet.

Chiwaya commended the President for restoring the honour former president Bakili Muluzi deserves. He said Muluzi is now free to attend state functions.

Muluzi was squeezed by the former president the late president Bingu wa Mutharika. He dragged him to court to explain where there deposits in his account for K1.7 billion from donors of UDF to fund late Mutharika 2004 campaign.

Chiwaya also commended President Banda for good leadership, saying since she took over the reins of power Mangochi had received significant social and economic development.

“Since you became President of Malawi Mangochi has attained street lights to improve security,” said Chiwaya.

President Banda was sworn in as President of Malawi on April 7, 2012, succeeding late Bingu wa Mutharika who died of cardiac arrest on April 5, 2012.

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