Malawi’s Minister and ruling DPP’s second vice president Yunusu Mussa, who recently has become overly overzealous in his quest to defend government policies, irked fellow party officials when he made a directive that all party members should from Wednesday put on their blue attire to counter a Public Affairs Committee (PAC) conference held in Blantyre.
His directive aired on Tuesday’s MBC Radio One 6.00pm radio bulletin said all those who love their party-from Nsanje to Chitipa-should put on the blue attire as a sign of protest against the PAC meeting which government has been fearing would lead into mass demonstrations.
However, the item was “quickly” put off air and was not carried in subsequent news bulletins after party senior officials including DPP general secretary Wakuda Kamanga and Campaign Director Ken Zinkhale Ng’oma phoned MBC management querying on the article.
Normally MBC Radio One carries its news articles in their 6.00pm English news bulletin followed by a repeat broadcast in the 7.00pm Chichewa bulletin and again at 8.00pm in another English bulletin.
“The top officials phoned Bright Malopa (MBC Director General) asking about the news clip which they feared would anger people even more. They ordered that the story should not be continued,” said a source within the state broadcaster.
Government had earlier on directed Blantyre’s Mount Soche Hotel not to host the PAC conference which is aimed at discussing the country’s woes and chart a way forward.
However, in an attempt to discredit the conference after failed attempts to stop Roman Catholic Church to host the conference at its Limbe Cathedral, Mussa issued a statement asking party followers to “paint the country blue” to counter the meeting.
“In his thinking he thought that March 14 is the day of the demonstrations and wanted the DPP supporters in their blue to clash with the demonstrators who are normally in red. However, some of the leaders of the party thought this was the most stupid thing to do,” said one DPP senior official.
Mussa, who is the country’s Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development was in the news a few weeks ago after he visited one Lilongwe Private school with three live goats and a Muslim Sheikh saying he had gone there for an offering on behalf of President Bingu wa Mutharika and his family.
His offering followed Nigeria’s Prophet TB Joshua’s prophecy of a sudden death of an African President.
Mussa, a staunch Muslim, said he was concerned with the prophecy, fearing that the referred President might be the 79-year-old Malawian President and wanted to ask God to spare him, according to sources at the school.
Despite taking with him MBC journalists to witness the offering, his story was again not carried on MBC TV and Radio.