Malawi government has hit back at the leader of opposition,who is also the president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Lazarus Chakwera for accusing President Peter Muthairka os being a failed leader, saying the opposition chief is suffering from “political delusions” imagining that he is the one ruling the country.
Chakwera has accused Mutharika that he has failed Malawians because he is failing to live a modest lifestyle to make Malawi a secure place for investment.
His accusations were made at a news conference he held at his office at Parliament Building in Lilongwe and suggested a five-step solution which he insisefd are the only way to help turn around the country’s fortunes.
But Minister of Infomation and Communication, Malison Ndau, in a statement argued that Chakwera’s recent address to the nation is illegal as he does not have any legal mandate to make a ‘state of the nation address” as he is not the state president of the country.
Ndau, who is also government spokesman, said Chakwera’s statement is “more of his own state of mind, his ulterior motives, his psychology and the nature of his leadership more than state of the nation.”
In a statement, Ndau said Chakwera is suffering from “political delusions” of imagining that he is the one ruling this country.
“These political delusions are caused by the fact that he is living a myth. Chakwera has never accepted that he lost the 2014 Election because he failed to put in place structures across the country,” said Ndau on behalf of the Mutharika government.
He said Chakwera is leading MCP that rejected democracy and lost the referendum call for multiparty politics in 1993 and since then, his party has never embraced democracy and that Chakwera’s party will also claim vote rigging once they lose the 2019 Election.
Government said Chakwera’s outburst against Mutharika was a calculated move to be arrested and get more famous and buy sympathy from the public.
“In his political dream, Chakwera believes that he needs to be arrested first for him to become a national President. He believes that one cannot lead Malawi without being arrested. In fact, people from inside Chakwera’s camp have told us that his current strategy is to keep insulting and provoking the President so that he can fulfill his dream to be arrested by government.
“His political dream to be arrested is a strategy to buy public sympathy and divert attention from his embattled leadership in the divided MCP. The writing of his infamous statement is part of his ‘Insult and Provoke Strategy’,” the statement reads.
Ndau said government will not arrest Chakwera and will leave him to continue enjoy his democratic freedom of “ranting, raving and parroting empty propaganda so that Malawians should judge his lack of political integrity and dignity.”
Government spokesman claimed Reverend Chakwera was handpicked from the pulpit because MCP wanted a candidate with ‘a godly appearance’ (maonekedwe aumulungu) in order to cleanse its haunted image of 30 years of blood shedding, violence and deception.
“That is why Chakwera sidelined the old guards of the party in a desperate attempt to rebrand the party by exploiting the Malawian youths who did not see its blood-bathed political past.
“This strategy has failed and divided the MCP because new members are failing to work with the old supporters of the party. We know that Chakwera is becoming agitated with desperation as a result,” the statement saif.
Government is asling Chakwera to respect the Head of State and challenge him to “rise above hate and jealous” to prove to Malawians that he has any integrity of leadership.
“Respect for our Head of State is respect for our country,” said Ndau.
In his address Chakwera suggested that separating the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) from the Executive arm of government could give power and independence for the ACB to investigate corruption by members of the Executive branch.
He also suggested that government should create a special court in the Judiciary that will focus exclusively on corruption and fraud by public servants so that cases of stealing taxpayers’ funds are given priority and speedy conclusion.
Chakwera further advised Mutharika to suspend all top government officials who were at the helm of government ministries during the time money was siphoned from State coffers in what has come to be known as Cashgate until an independent investigation clears them of collusion in the corruption that resulted.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :