Opposition Chipani Chapfuko (CCP) president, Davis Chester Katsonga has called on outgoing president Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP) to give Malawi’s new President Peter Mutharika a “lap of honour” on Monday at Kamuzu Stadium during the inauguration ceremony.
Katsonga who has won a parliamentary seat in Mwanza central constituency defeating Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Nicholous Dausi made a call in his congratulatory message to the new Head of State.
He attended the swearing-in ceremony at the High Court for the fifth Malawi’s president.
“I was at the ceremony because I felt it necessary to do so for reasons of closure, acceptance and respect for our new President,” said Katsonga, who together with his brother Mark, contested for the presidency.
“This coming Monday the President will be an official Inaugural Ceremony for the newly sworn in President at the Stadium in Blantyre. It would [be] nice, in our nascent democracy to see the outgoing President Joyce Banda and all the other presidential candidates -myself included – present at this function,” said Katsonga.
He called for a political lap of honour.
“I know this is not football but, those of us who follow the game will remember that in a cup game, the winning team together with the losing one will both line up as the winner takes a lap of honour. Why should we not learn from that? I will be there,” he said.
Katsonga, who was a founding member of the DPP’s national governing council, served on a number of ministerial portfolios including foreign affairs and presidential affairs minister, before being dropped in a cabinet reshuffle by late Bingu WA Mutharika.
He ditched the DPP calling it a ‘sinking titanic’ and President Bingu WA Mutharika as a “pussycat” – to briefly re-join the UDF and then later form his party.