Katsonga rips Peter Mutharika, says 2014 'no dynasty'

Peoples Progressive Movement (PPM) president Mark Katsonga says ruling DPP should be getting out of power in 2014 and says Malawians will not accept a dynasty.

DPP will be fielding President Bingu wa Mutharika’s brother, Peter, as its presidential candidate in 2014 elections.

But Katsonga said Malawi will not accept dynastyisation of presidency.

Katsonga: No inheritance of power. Photo credit: Flicker

“Succession should not be in the family. No dynasty, what will stop Peter when he finishes his term to tell his son come and take over,” said Katsonga on Capital FM Straight Talk programme aired on Tuesday.

“Malawi should not tolerate that sort of approach,” he added.

Abuses

Katsonga also accused Peter Mutharika – Minister of Foreign Affairs – of abusing state resources in his bid to reposition himself for the presidency.

“Peter Mutharika is abusing state resources,” pointed out the PPM leader.

“He flew to Mzuzu on a presidential jet and yet he is not a president,” he said.

He asked the presdident’s brother to stop “abuse of government resources.”

Change

Katsonga said DPP government is on its way out, confidently saying 2014 Malawians will see change of government.

He played down assertion that government don’t easily lose power Africa, saying: “When ruling parties have done what people want it is difficult to defeat ruling parties.”

Katsonga said DPP has performed badly that Malawians need to give it marching orders from power.

“DPP has messed up this economy, no fuel, no foreign currency, no medicine in hospitals, the subsidy programme is in shambles. We are exporting maize when we don’t have maize out there. The list goes on,” said Katsonga, the former legislator and a worthy businessman.

“If there is something wrong with Malawians then they can take DPP back in government.”

Recovery

During the interview, host Brian Banda asked what should Malawi do to come out of the economic turmoil.

Katsonga responded: “Malawi has to look at Governance, Malawi has to look at repealing of bad laws, reconciling with our donor partners. Malawi has to reconcile with tobacco players.”

He added: “If we change our altitude as government the situation can be turned around.”

Katsonga said “everything DPP is doing is wrong.”

He also said the touting of President Mutharika to be “Mose wa Lero” (today’s biblical Moses) has backfired because “Moses is a sacred name”.

All in all, Katsonga said the current problems Malawi is facing is as a result of Mutharika administration’s “own making.”

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