Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) boss John Kapito who is a bitter critic of President Joyce Banda has accused the Malawi leader of being a puppet of the west and running government under the dictates of donors.
Kapito, speaking during Tiuzeni Zoona programme on Zodiak radio on Sunday went on the offensive on the President, saying: “Every time she says donors told me to do this…donors told me to do that…she is not in control.”
The Cama boss also confimed during the interview that he is mobilising consumers in Malawi to stage a protest in January 2013 against a rising cost of living and present a petition to government highlighting areas requiring reforms to improve the current economic situation.
Kapito critised President Banda’s expenditure on both internal and external travel, accusing the Malawi leader of spending almost K15 million (about $45 454) on a local trip aimed at donating items worth almost K1 million (about $3 030).
“Why should the whole president be moving around distributing maize instead of making policies that will help Malawians from the current economic crisis?
“The problem is that President Joyce Banda has not transformed herself from the previous Joyce Banda. She has to realize that she is now the Head of State. She can’t be running around distributing maize, that’s being visionless.
“We did not tell her that her job would be distributing maize because that is not her job. Let us be serious as a country,” said Kapito.
Presidential Press Secretary Steven Nhlane dismissed Kapito’s attacks , saying he wants to discredit President Banda’s mission to feed the 2,000 food insecure Malawians.
Nhlane said President Banda is focused on healing the broken economy and improving the lives of Malawians” and that she will continue with her local trips, saying she is justified to travel because 85 percent of the people live in rural area.
But Kapito, who also kept the Bingu wa Mutharika government on checks when he was head of state-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission, said he has taken up the cause of Malawians who are suffering.
Kaptio maintained that the Banda administration has failed to provide protections to the people affected of the recent currency devaluation of about 50 percent.
Mutharika, who vehemently opposed devaluation, died in April this year and Banda was sworn in as president to finish the remainder of his term in 2014.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :