Govt condemn Katsonga for calling Bingu ‘pussy cat’

Malawi government has accused UDF campaign director Davis Katsonga for provoking remarks over his article posted on Nyasa Times in which he called President Bingu wa Mutharika a “pussy cat”.

In his column titled Quo Vadis Malawi press freedom?, Katsonga a former minister in Mutharika administration was making his comments  which criticised  government ‘s treatment of journalists at a presidential press briefing at Kamuzu International Airport, a few weeks ago.

He argues that journalists should have been left freely to ask questions on  problems “ afflicting every Malawian – yes; including DPP Cadets and the MPs who were jeering the journalists at the Kamuzu International Airport.”

Katsonga: Bingu is really a pussy cat

Pussy cat

In his column, Katsonga writes: “I refuse to believe DPP National Governing Council members are also not experiencing these problems. I also refuse to believe the Ngwazi would fire them for highlighting them at their meetings; I humbly ask them not to be afraid of the President; he is really a pussy cat and- I do not say this derogatively- when it comes to open talks in a closed room – he really is, go on, and try him! He may positively surprise you guys! Tell him what your constituents are telling you and what suggestions they are putting forward; you may learn something there!  And the Malawi nation could also benefit from your courage.”

But government spokeswoman Patricia Kaliati said the remarks were “provoking.”

Kalitai said opposition leaders should desist from disparaging the Head of State, saying politics of insults was “old fashioned.”

The spokeswoman herself is known for vulrgar language.

Communicating through writting

Katsonga who quit DPP earlier this year, calling it ‘sinking titanic’ to return to UDF, has been writing articles in the media of late.

Recently, the former Speaker of Parliament wrote an article carried by Nyasa Times and other media outlets ,  which he discouraged any amendments to the republican Constitution with targeted individuals in mind, sayig they are always bad to the nation’s young democracy and rules of natural justice. a

In his paper titled ‘ Constitutional & Standing Orders amendments with targeted faces’, Katsonga argued that it was not long ago when section 65 of the republican constitution was amended with the aim of punishing legislator Brown Mpinganjira in mind and the results have come to haunt the people who were in the fore front championing the amendment.

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