Minister of Information and Communications Technologies Nicholas Dausi has hit at the quasi religious grouping and governance watchdog Public Affairs Committee (PAC) for its assessment that Malawi was currently experiencing mediocrity as poverty levels have been deeply entrenched among ordinary Malawians.
Dausi said the statement by PAC at a news conference in Blantyre shows that the governance watchdog has “hidden agenda”, saying its assessment is unusual.
The government spokesman said PAC leadership has “pathological hatred” against the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration led by President Peter Mutharika.
“They don’t see anything good in whatever DPP do and say,” said Dausi.
During the news conference, PAC observed that DPP administration has failed wretchedly to fight corruption in the past three years it has been in power and raised doubts if the ruling party can change before the elections due in 2019.
“After a careful examination on incidents of corruption, we note that the DPP administration has been greatly characterised by corrupt practices, financial indiscipline and selective justice,” PAC chairperson the Very Reverend Felix Chingota said.
“As Malawians seek for the realisation of justice and law enforcement, we note that the DPP administration continues to embark on selective justice in the pursuit of cashgate cases,” he added.
Rev Chingota said all Malawians are equal before the law and must be treated as such.
PAC accused DPP of shielding corrupt fat cats in its rank and file.
“ The snail’s pace approach in bringing to book culprits , and failure to swiftly deal with cashgate matters is a betrayal of justice and raises questions of integrity on the DPP administration.
“We are compelled to state that the DPP administration and its leadership have dismally failed to perform and that there is lack of vision to steer this country into prosperity,” PAC chairperson said.
PAC also accused DPP of running propaganda machinery on social media and mainstream media.
“We hold a strong view that no matter how much money one invests in propaganda groups to suppress the will of the people , justice and truth will always triumph,” it said
PAC said the growing corruption levels and economic malaise that are derailing the transformation of people’s lives show “lack of strong leadership and intention” to develop this country.
“The poor people are becoming poorer as the few are getting richer to the extent that poverty remains a long-term companion to the majority of Malawians. In the current scenario, the assertion that ‘ if a government does not have integrity has no right to govern’ is worth pondering upon lest people are led into saying enough is enough,” PAC said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :