Minister of Information and Civic Education, Moses Kunkuyu has said the country has undergone tremendous transformation since Joyce Banda took over the country’s reigns of power on April 7, 2012.
Kunkuyu was responding to a press statement released by the Democratic Progressives Party (DPP) accusing President Banda of disregarding the rule of law through her alleged suppression of section 65, targeted and tramped up arrests of political opponents and the silencing of top Non Governmental Organization’s leadership among others.
Speaking at a public rally at Naotcha Primary School Ground in his Blantyre City South Constituency, Kunkuyu said the DPP was not better placed to comment nor assess the 100 days of People’s Party rule, saying Malawians went through hell under its rule.
“All the donors eluded this country, filling stations were full of long queues, chiefs were not respected and even prices of basic commodities skyrocketed under the DPP rule.
“To make it worse the country was at war with its neighbours including Mozambique and Zambia,” recounted Kunkuyu adding that “harassment of opponents was the order of the day as the opposition could not address public rallies.”
Reverts to democracy
Kunkuyu, who said was speaking as Information Minister, said the three months of the Joyce Banda administration has managed to reposition the country to what he described as original democracy referring to the Bakili Muluzi era.
He said people are now free to associate politically without being questioned and that the country’s economy is now on track following donor support return.
“Unlike last year, the country now has a donor supported budget, fuel has not only normalized but has also become cheaper. When was the last time you saw a reduction in fuel prices in Malawi,” questioned the minister to the ululating crowd of PP women wearing party colors.
On development, the youthful parliamentarian said his term of office has seen the construction of additional classroom blocks at Naotcha, Catholic Institute and Chimwankhunda primary a development he said was in line with his 2009 manifesto.