Ministers Mtambo, Chimwendo use siren vehicles in Karonga  MCP campaign: Commentator says ‘impunity’

Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, Timothy Mtambo, and his counterpart, homeland security minister, Richard Chimwendo, on Saturday shocked many when they used siren vehicles on their motorcades, a privilege only accorded to the State President and his deputy.

MCP campaigning for its candidate Leonard Mwalwanda (l) in Karonga

The two were in Karonga Central Constituency to woo support for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate Leonard Mwalwanda ahead of the November 10 by-election.

In Lupembe and Lughali areas where they held rallies with live band music performances by Simon and Kendall many constituents said upon hearing the sirens they ran to the M1 Road to wave to the President.

“We love our President [Lazarus Chakwera], and so when I heard the sirens I stopped whatever I was doing and ran to the road to wave him. I was disappointed when I heard it was Mtambo from my friends. I was fooled,” said Hastings Mwalwanda.

Some Malawians commenting on social media have ranted at the two ministers for “playing around” with privileges of the President and his vice.

“NO! This is not on. The President, Vice president, foreign envoys on special trips, ambulance, armoured vehicles carrying explosives, construction vehicles with overhangs and bank vehicles if speeding can use sirens. Not a minister. Where is the so-called servant leadership in this?” Wrote a police officer whose identity Nyasa Times has chosen to protect.

Reacting to the development, Mzuzu based social commentator, Jackson Msiska, said an independent investigation must be done to ascertain the truth.

According to Msiska, “there is no legal basis to accord a cabinet minister or anyone  such a privilege apart from the President and the Vice. It is unfortunate they did that.

“The law provides that only the President and Vice President are entitled to a motorcade with Police escort and that the privileges are not extended to Cabinet ministers.

“Occasionally the police may extend police escort services to other officers and persons on ad hoc basis. For example if a Member of Parliament or minister is rushing to parliament and the road is congested, the police may escort such officer to parliament using their sirens. But not in a scenario like the one we are hearing about now,” said Msiska.

According to Msiska, the need for tightening security for the two ministers cannot be underestimated but said providing them with a police escort without offering the same to other ministers for the  same duties in the Karonga central by-election campaign is questionable.

“We have seen a number of ministers holding political rallies in the same area. Some are from UTM while others are from MCP. But they have not been enjoying this kind of privilege. So, how special are the two?” wondered Msiska.

He then urged the Tonse alliance government to tread with utmost care in their undertakings.

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Blessings
7 months ago

Let us give them time to improve. With passage of time, sanity will finally come. My advice is that don’t provoke situations that will put u in awkward position and say Malawians are born with jealousy. U have time to deliver and improve

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
7 months ago

Remember this government was midwifed by a coterie of people from all the nine parties. Conspicuous are the cabinet lads playing games with the pastor’s sports cars but the church isn’t amused yet the sports boys are still sporting out of euphoric trance: they’re in the class of victory the conquerors they have attained a class they can trample on the poor multitude. But these errant lads have a message to the State President “We want to move like a president” Act before they muddy the MCP waters horns are growing on their heads

Mali
Mali
7 months ago

Chakwera is too quiet for the bunch of hooligans in his cabinet

Bauleni
Bauleni
7 months ago

Mtambo is the worst hypocrite Malawi has ever seen. It shall end in tears.mark my words used Malawians like a condom

James Banda
James Banda
7 months ago

I smell a “pig” in these days of social media and cheap camera phone this incident was not captured for us to see for ourselves. How many vehicles does a mister have? Is it not one? Does it have a siren?

Stupid
Stupid
7 months ago

Absolute abuse of power!!!!
Still waiting to see how MCP is going to deal with Harry Mkandawire after the insensitive remarks he made and now this!!

Vitumbuka Nivichi
7 months ago

This is a total abuse of office and state assets plus personnel. Did the President authorize this? They should be punished along the same terms as Uladi Basikolo Mussa. Can the President address us on this excess?

Phyot Olera Kun Yini
7 months ago

The Nonse alliance government does not inspire any hope at all. The guys are Too emotional, too childish, too arrogant, and with too much impunity. Chakwera is already nose diving. Chilima is not any smarter either. Shame!

Mabvuto
Mabvuto
7 months ago

Ndizomvetsa chisoni kuti Mtambo akulowera mumagulu a ma vendor achina Chimwendo ,muthu opanda mwambo gulu la Achina mchacha, nimadabwa ine kuti Chimwendo moakana uduna wa Homeland , uyu owola mukamwa ndi khalidwe lake losalemekeza anthu ,angalemekeze lamulo ,kukufunika anthu okhwima ubongo otsati izi kutipangitsa manyadzu ife achinyamata

Sayikoloni Ludzi
Sayikoloni Ludzi
7 months ago

UTM kuzipopa ngati finye. Anthu tinavotera tambala wakuda ndi nkhope yaChakwera basi. Akubudulani mucabinet posachedwapa, fotseki!

Nepotism
7 months ago

Stupid

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