Kaliati u-turn, clears Msaka on ‘coup’ plot

In a twist of events, out of sorts Information Minister Patricia Kaliati has backtracked on her earlier remarks which implicated chief secretary  in the Office of President and Cabinet, Bright Msaka as having been part of a failed “coup” plot by DPP cabinet

When Mutharika died on Thursday, government went into a panic mode as politburo members did not want to hand over power to Banda.

Kaliati was quoted as saying a statement which disputed eligibility of President Joyce Banda  was drafted at offices of Msaka.

Kaliati: Backtracks

But the government spokesperson has changed tune and clears Msaka of any wrong doing.

” I never said Bright Msaka attended the illegal cabinet meetings or that he took part in anyway, Msaka does not sit in a cabinet,” she clarified.

” I want to correct that anomaly, please for those of you who have put up such messages on Facebook remove that,” she pleaded

It was not immediately known why the outspoken minister has changed her statement but speculation is rife that she risks being dragged to court by Msaka.

Malawi Law Society president John Gift Makhwawa said the minister who were advocating for a coup risk prosecution bordering on treason charges.

She is also expect to pay daages of over K100 million to lawyer Ralph Kasambara on defamation.

Joyce Banda, 62,  with a bible in hand and her husband, former Chief Justice Richard Banda, on her side, was sworn in Saturday to become Malawi’s first female president, replacing 78-year-old Bingu wa Mutharika who died from cardiac arrest on Thursday.

Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo administered the oath of office.

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