‘I don’t trust Joyce Banda’, insists CCP’s Katsonga

Chipani Cha Pfuko (CCP) president Davis Chester Katsonga says he maintains his stand that he does not trust Malawi President Mrs Joyce Banda.

Katsonga first made the claim when he dumped Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and joined United Democratic Front (UDF).

He said he could not join People’s Party (PP) of Banda due to his lack of trust to the leader.

Katsonga: Leader of Chipani Cha Pfuko

Speaking on Capital FM Straight Talk interview programme on Capital FM, Katsonga maintained his stand.

“I didn’t trust the person then, yes personally or as a politician,” said Katsonga.

Probed by the host Rhodes Msonkho if his position has changed now as Banda is now the Head of State, Katsonga said he still has no trust on Banda.

“I don’t,” he stressed. “There are issues that she knows, that I know why I say what I said,” Katsonga said but could not elaborate.

“But I do have respect for her now that she is our President,” he said.

Katsonga also said he has no regrets for his attacks on Banda, saying he was only “stating facts.”

He also accused President Banda for her statement in the State of the Nation Address when she called for the repeal of laws that punish people for “unnatural acts.”

Katsonga said the statement implied that she supported the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

“This cannot be dealt now without a referendum,” he said.

The former minister and also former Speaker of Parliament said the legislative body should work at removing excessive presidential powers.

Katsonga, who touted himself as “a man of principals” and “a man who would do anything to help others”, said Malawians have Chipani Cha Pfuko to turn to during the 2014 general elections.

He said the party will hold a convention before launching it in Ndirande, Blantyre later this year.

CCP, which boost the membership of former tax commissioner Ernest Mtingwi and former minister Lee Mlanga, uses deep green as its colour with some brow and a miniature traditional drum as its insignia.

Katsonga also wants to reclaim the Mwanza Central constituency currently be held by Nicholous Dausi of DPP.

Dausi, who is also DPP spokesman, recently Katsonga’s challenge as a “joke” comparing him to a comedian “Ukwa”.

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