Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Eisenhower Mkaka has said President Peter Mutharika is reducing himself to a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Cadet for commenting on issues without facts.
Mkaka said this on Wednesday after Mutharika repeated his allegation this week that the MCP president Lazarus Chakwera has sold the party to Muhammed Sidik Mia at K200 million.
“The President is reducing himself and his office to a status of a DPP Cadet who argues without facts,” said Mkaka.
He said the K200 million is not even the value of the party headquarters in Lilongwe, describing Mutharika’s allegations as laughable.
On calls by Mutharika for the party to respect the MCP vice president Richard Msowoya following the lebwedelebwede remark by Mia which is interpreted as insulting to the party veep, Mkaka said Mutharika was just buying political sympathy from the north.
“He is just playing divide and rule politics. Honourable Mia was not attacking Right Honourable Msowoya, what Honourable Mia was saying is that he would work very hard so that he gets a position during the convention,” said Mkaka.
Chancellor College political analyst Ernest Thindwa feared the political bickering between the ruling DPP and the opposition in the run up to the elections in 2019 would derail development.
“The focus is now on political bickering, the President is busy hitting back at opposition, this is retrogressive because our politicians are now busy on political bickering rather than focusing on development issues,” said Thindwa.
DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila has defended the political outbursts by Mutharika.
He said the DPP is using the same political propaganda strategies which ushered the party into government in the two elections.