United Transformation Movement (UTM) Secretary General, Patricia Kaliati has criticised what she has described as ‘politics of castigation’ practiced by some political party leaders as they are wooing support from the electolate.
Particulary, Kaliati has singled out Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice-President for the centre, Uladi Mussa and DPP Secretary General Grezeda Jeffrey as perpetuators of hate speeches.
Kaliati said in an interview that it was sad the two DPP central region top officials were instead of focussing on issue-based politics , they are bssy in a character ‘assasination spree’ of their political opponents.
“This is barbaric type of politics, in this era a politician cannot stand on a political platform castigating his opponent. Instead of focussing on real issues that can advance their political party agenda, Uladi and Grezeda are bussy castigating the UTM and MCP leadership. This is very sad as it creates a spirit of intorelance among political party supporters,” said Kaliati.
She said it was very unfortunate that Mussa was going on the political podium as a person who had good intentions for the country, further describing him as a” fortune seeker” who had a reputation of jumping from one party to another.
“Uladi is a failed politician who has gained the reputation of being called ‘change goal’ can we trust in such a person?” querried Kaliati.
She said the DPP top cadres should concetrate at building their supporter base rather than focus on castigating the UTM president Saulos Chilima, who is also State vice president.
“The DPP did not teach Chilima politics as Mussa and his colleagues are trying to make people think Chilima started his political career whilst at University of Malawi’s Cjancellor College [during the wind of change from one party dictatorship to multipartu democracy] and worked with some of the country’s freedom fighters including the late Chakufwa Chihana,” said Kaliati.
She challenged that Mussa was not a political heavy weight as he makes people believe, saying that if he was such a polical heavy weight he could not have made former president Joyce Banda misserably lose the 2014 tripartite elections.
“Politics of castigation can’t lead us any where let us focus on issues that will transform the nation,” she said.
Efforts to talk to Mussa and Jeffrey were not fruitiful as their phones could not be reached.
However, the two DPP top officials have been engaged in a verbal attacks targetting the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM leadership.
Recent of these attacks were made in Area 25 Mgona location last Sunday where Mussa was quoted to have challenged vice-president Saulos Chilima to resign.
“He should resign…! Why is he choosing to be part and parcel of a corrupt government,” Mana on-line quoted Mussa.
Peace expert and Chancellor College professor Master Dicks Mfune said Kaliati was not a right politician to condemn the foul-mouthing politics.
“We have noted that while the UTM promised an era of mature and transformative politics they have themselves also found themselves in the same bandwagon of castigators,” said Mfune.
He added:”we are maturing democratically and this is not time for politicians to be castigating each other”.
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