People’s Party reinstated vocal rebel governor for the north Christopher Ngwira has made a passionate though defiant plea to party president Joyce Banda to come back home from the self imposed exile to fight smear and prove that she is not running away from an arrest due to plunder of public resources at Capital Hill in the infamous cashgate scandal.
Speaking during Tiuzeni Zoona programme on Zodiak, Ngwira said Banda’s political foes have taken advantage of her absence to tell people during political rallies that she is running away from prosecution for the plunder of about K20 billion.
“I know 100 per cent that she did not get a penny out of that cashgate. She used to tell us during the campaign that she is innocent. After all, if she was connected, she could not have ordered the arrest and prosecutions of the suspects,” said Ngwira.
Asked when he thinks Banda will come back, Ngwira said “no one knows.”
He however maintained that in her absence, there should be a caretaker leader who can solve problems on the spot.
“As of now, we are failing to hold political rallies because we need permission from her first, it is a cumbersome system that is in place. The party is in problems because of leadership problems. If she delays further, she will find the party gone,” he said.
He therefore said this is why he is proposing former vice president Khumbo Kachali to be made caretaker leader so that he can start rebuilding the party ahead of the 2019 elections.
Ngwira said he has failed to present the matter of finding a caretaker president to the national governing council of the party because no one in the council wants to talk about it.
“They are protecting their seats, they fear of losing their seats,” said Ngwira who said even the secretary general Ibrahim Matola and the vice president Uladi Mussa have no powers as they can only do things after instructions from Banda.
Ngwira conceded he has not yet presented the issue of the caretaker leader to Banda herself, saying the last time he met her, she indicated she would be coming back home on May 25, 2015.