The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has gone flat out to attack leader of opposition, who is also the president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Lazarus Chakwera for accusing President Peter Mutharika of being a failed leader, saying they will hit hard on Chakwera.
Chakwera has accused Mutharika that he has failed Malawians because he is failing to live a modest lifestyle to make Malawi a secure place for investment.
His accusations were made at a news conference he held at his office at Parliament Building in Lilongwe and suggested a five-step solution which he insisted are the only way to help turn around the country’s fortunes.
DPP held a news conference on Monday to counter the remarks of Chakwera.
Mphepo was flanked at the news conference by DPP Spokesperson Francis KasaiLa, presidential chief political advisor Heatherwick Ntaba and legal advisor Charles Mhango.
The DPP officials called Chakwera’s sentiments as unfortunate and misleading.
“We thought of holding this meeting to respomd to the press statement that Honourable Lazarus Chakwera made. We feel that the statement can be challenged because it containts a lot of allegations against our State President Professor Peter Mutharika and it contains a lot of lies and it cannot go without a response,” DPP acting secretary generak Franci Mphepo said in opening remarks at the presser.
Mphepo described MCP leader’s remarks as hopelessly obsessed with his delusions of political self-righteousness.
“As a former man of God,he should know how sometimes God allows his people to go through some such sufferings,” Mphepo said.
He also allegedly said the leader of opposition is struggling with electoral defeat he suffered in 2014.
DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila said the party will demand Chakwera to resign as Leader of Opposiiton in parliament for failing to play a true leadership role.
“It is irresponsible for a leader of opposition to continue parroting issues that are baseless. But we understand his desperation and political motive for dragging useless matters.
“Hon. Chakwera’s continuing ranting that President Peter Mutharika is living in fantasy are frustrations of immaturity and gross inexperience. He has been calling the state president as failed leader for 57 times. Is this call in a good faith or for him to always say so?
“We will take him to task to justify all the accusations. Chakwera must resign from leader of opposition for failing to lead by example. Even his own party has been calling for early convention which he has always challenged. What is he afraid of”, challenged Kasaila.
But Chakwera said what he offered was “in best interest of Malawians which the DPP has considered it a negative manner. It’s therefore up to them to work on the advice we offered.”
In his address Chakwera suggested that separating the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) from the Executive arm of government could give power and independence for the ACB to investigate corruption by members of the Executive branch.
He also suggested that government should create a special court in the Judiciary that will focus exclusively on corruption and fraud by public servants so that cases of stealing taxpayers’ funds are given priority and speedy conclusion.
Chakwera further advised Mutharika to suspend all top government officials who were at the helm of government ministries during the time money was siphoned from State coffers in what has come to be known as Cashgate until an independent investigation clears them of collusion in the corruption that resulted.
Chancellor College political scientist Ernest Thindwahas described the political confrontations between the governing DPP and opposition MCP as unhealthy for the country’s political growth.
Thindwa observed that the current political bickering is going to affect poor Malawians negatively who currently need provision of quality social services for their lives.
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