Impossible to restrict Malawi President on travelling –Mpinganjira

Malawi government spokesperson, Brown Mpinganjira, has amplified President Joyce Banda stand that she will keep on criss-crossing the country visiting people despite being placed under local and international travel restrictions, following the withdrawal of budgetary support by donors.

President Banda said on Saturday at a political rally in Lilongwe that through travelling in all parts of the country, she can appreciate people’s plight and get to know their needs.

And addressing a news conference on Monday jointly with Minister of Finance, Dr. Maxwell Mkwezalamba, Mpinganjira who is Minister of Information and Civic Education, pointed out that “it is not possible” for government to limit the Presidential local travels.

“Let me clarify that the President is not refusing to cut local travels, but she is saying that she will only make critical travels,” said Mpinganjira.

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He maintained what President Banda said that under the travel restrictions there is an aspect of “except critical travels”.

Banda’s critics have in the past slammed her travel “escapades” saying they did nothing to boost the development of the country.

But Mpinganjira told reporters that since the announcement of suspension of foreign and local travels the President has cancelled some trips.

He added that most of the trips the President made lately were motivated by requests from the people who wish to make contact with her.

On his part, Mkwezalamba who was conscious in his talk, said people should not only focus on the travel suspension, but look  on other suspension sections.

“We have suspended a lot of projects in the civil service and it is only fair to comment on those also instead of focusing on the travel suspension only,” he said.

Mkwezalamba recently announced a travel ban on all administration officials, including President Bansa as  a cost-cutting measure.

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