Kaliati says Sata, Bingu reconciled without Muluzi help

Former President Bakili Muluzi did not play any role in restoring relations between Malawi and Zambia, Malawi’s Information Minister Patricia Kaliati has said.

Recently,  Muluzi flew to Zambia to persuade President Michael Sata to forgive President Bingu Mutharika  who have been regarded as archrivals over the last four years since the
unceremonious hounding out of the then Zambian opposition leader from Malawi in 2007 deporting him out of Malawi when he was in opposition .

But speaking in Zodiak’s popular program Tiuzeni Zoona, Kaliati  said the two Presidents resolved their relations when they met in South Africa and not through Muluzi.

President Sata chatting with his Malawian counterpart Bingu Wa Mutharika – Picture by Chibaula Silwamba /Post of Zambia

“Did Muluzi tell us he was leaving for Zambia? The two (Bingu and Sata) had no problems and this was vindicated when they met. They addressed each
other as achimwene (brother) so the role of Muluzi does not arise,” said Kaliati in a highly charged tone.

When the host, Pilirani Phiri,  asked Kaliati if Sata blasted her when she knelt before him, the government spokeswoman  lost her cool.

“By asking that question you don’t qualify to be a reporter. I knelt because Sata was giving me a constituency in Zambia. Are you a politician or journalist? Or you want the presidency,” charged Kaliati to the host.

The Information Minister later pleaded with the host to avoid asking probing questions, saying such questions provoke people and end up answering angrily.

Sata and Mutharika met and held a lengthy chat in the VVIP lounge at Bloemfontein Military base airport before their departure after attending South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) 100th anniversary cerebrations.

Kaliati says Sata, Bingu reconciled without Muluzi help.

President Sata, who had earlier met, hugged and chatted with a Kaliati in the same lounge before President Mutharika’s arrival, asked the Malawian leader about Kaliati, according to The
Post
of Zambia.

“Where is your talk time woman?” President Sata asked President Mutharika, and Kaliati quickly walked to where the duo was standing.

Kaliati knelt before Presidents Sata and Mutharika.

Then President Sata remarked: “This is your talk woman?”, amidst laughter.

President Mutharika said: “Information is talk woman, thus a nice one.”

President Sata responded: “Yes, that is talk woman. She has too much talk time. She does not need a microphone.”

President Mutharika, who continually laughed, said, “Yes, she doesn’t need a microphone. That is a nice one.”

Then President Sata said: “I was telling her that I have a man who is like her. I have even added more responsibility to him to be minister of tourism.”

President Sata was referring to information, broadcasting and tourism minister Given Lubinda, who is Zambia’s chief government spokesperson.

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