Malawi’s ruling Peoples Party has trashed opposition Peoples Progressive Movement (PPM) president Mark Katsonga for his “careless” remarks that the fire that gutted down Escom building in Blantyre on Friday night was an arson and that government was responsible for it.
PP deputy spokesperson Ken Msonda described Katsonga as a failed politician who only dreams of becoming a president.
Katsonga said his party is suspicious that government was responsible for the arson attack on three counts which are: it has come at a time when there is Capitol Hill cash scandal; forensic investigation underway and Escom was among those to be investigated.
Said Katsonga: “It could be an accident yes, but why did the fire have to start from accounts department> The coincidence, with issues at hand, is just too much.”
But Msonda said in a statement that sentiments from Katsonga in respect to the Escom fire were very unfortunate, irresponsible and uncalled for.”
“We are not surprised; politicians who are failures shall always rush to conclusions on sensitive matters before investigations are through, only to regret when the truth is finally out.”
Msonda said it was irresponsible for Katsonga who dreams of becoming president of the country to make such a careless statement on matters of national concern.
“We demand an apology and retraction,” he said.
But Katsonga said he could apologise or retract his statement arguing millions of taxpayers’ money have been lost.