Deputy minister condemns VP’s conduct in Nsanje

Member of Parliament  for Nsanje south west constituency who is also Deputy Minister  for Natural resources  Energy and Environment, Vera Chilewani,  says she was dismayed  with the Vice-President Joyce Banda who  wanted to donate relief items to floods victims in her constituency, saying it was not amongst the affected areas in Nsanje.

Banda was stopped from presenting the donations after authorities accused her of not following procedures and she gave the items to traditional leaders.

Chilewani said her constituency was not affected by the floods and that the vice president wanted to donate various food items in the area to gain “political mileage and sympathy to the general public.”

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According the MP, the people who stays in the areas that are mostly affected by floods every year, were told earlier   to move to the upper land before the rain season and that this has been one of the strategy of safety measures to people of her constituency.

The deputy Minster further expressed with shock that instead of following the right procedures with the office of the District commissioner, the vice president, “used the back door and   started distributing the items to vendors of Nsanje market, by throwing bags of maize flour and party T shirts to them.”

She claimed people of senior chief malaria and the constituency are very disappointed with the vice president with conduct.

Chilewani said people of Nsanje south west constituency has benefited a lot from the DPP led government.

The deputy minister says it is high time the vice president realize that “this is not the campaign   period “but it’s time to focus on developmental issues.

She said the vice president should wait for the Malawi Electoral Commission to announce the official date of campaign in 2014so that she can promote her People’s Party.

However, Banda told reporters she cannot complain about being stopped from donating the items because it is ordinary Malawians who will suffer.

“I made my effort, I came and it was not allowed. I cannot complain, I don’t want to complain,” she said.

Banda said those in power have a duty to uplift the lives of ordinary Malawians.

Nsanje DC Rodney Simwaka said while they need the assistance for the flood victims, there are procedures to be followed before one can make a donation.

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