By Nyasa Times Reporter
Newly appointed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) first vice President Goodall Gondwe has asked boss President Bingu wa Mutharika to immediately revise the policy on the proceeds from Kayelekera Uranium Mine in Karonga, which are currently earmarked for the 2014 campaign, for use in the northern region.
Gondwe said there is need for part of projected revenue (MK 8 billion) to remain in the districts for developmental projects.
The former finance minister apparently said this during a meeting held on the 9th and 10th August at Mzuzu State House between Mutharika and DPP regional representatives including all MPs from the northern region.
During those dates Mutharika was in Mzuzu to have an eye witness account of the properties that were destroyed during the July 20 nationwide demonstrations and to host a binge party for vendors.
“People in the north must not be underestimated. Their educated nature makes them to be investigative and the issues they raise most of the times are genuine. I am the only person who can calm them,” he is quoted as saying in a paper that summarises the issues raised and a copy Nyasa Times obtained.
Gondwe also claimed that he is a darling of the northern region.
“People here… love me and listen to me. I am a CCAP member and I have direct access to all top CCAP Reverends. They will listen to me about how to work with government and DPP and not PDM or PP,” he said.
Gondwe also suggested that they may use a government sympathiser to coax the CCAP Reverends and he nominated Moses Mkandawire for the job.
But Mkandawire, a human rights activists, has vehemently denied that he is in government armpits after it emerged that he was given MK4 million as part of a package of rewards for being soft on the DPP led government.
At the same meeting, Gotani Mkandawire, young brother to Harry Mkandawire of PDM, requested Gondwe to remind the CCAP Reverends as to the image they were portraying by glorifying his brother.
“I am the best person to deal with my brother through character assassination and propaganda,” Gotani said.
Mutharika then gave Gotani MK200, 000 cash on the premise that he will perpetually brand his brother as a criminal or mafia with a criminal history from Zambia and Australia.
Gotani lived to his billing when he branded his bother a criminal during a binge party Mutharika hosted for vendors at the Mzuzu Stadium on 10th August.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :