President Bingu wa Mutharika’s death continues to miraculously heal the rift that his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Cabinet Ministers created between themselves and the new President Joyce Banda when the former was alive and in charge.
While lamenting the passing on of Mutharika, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. George Chaponda was emphatic in saying that ‘with the new President, Malawi is in safe hands.’
“I am very saddened by the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. This is untimely death because he has developed Malawi and he had unfulfilled plans for the country. His vision was to see the operation of Nsanje Port and the construction of the six universities. We will leave to remember him,” he said in an interview with the Malawi News.
He went on to say:“With the new President, Malawi is in safe hands. In the few days she has been in office, she has already started discussing with donors. I was also encouraged that during her swearing-in ceremony, she preached reconciliation. She has shown true leadership.”
On the burning issue if donor relations and bad laws, has also gave President Banda the credit saying,
“The President has also shown the interest to deal with issues that were a stumbling block with donors such as the repeal of the bad laws.”
On whether or not he (Chaponda) would be willing to work in the new president’s cabinet, he said,
“If given a chance, I have no problem to work as a cabinet minister under the leadership of President Joyce Banda. But appointing any person in the cabinet is the president’s prerogative.”
Deputy Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development: Rev Christopher Ngwira, after making the appropriate noises with regard to President Mutharika’s demise, blamed President Banda’s expulsion from the DPP to greedy people.
“Banda’s expulsion from the party was influenced by other greedy people [in the party] who wanted positions but not the late President.”
Rev Christopher Ngwira also echoed Dr Chaponda’s sentiments saying,
“We believe that the President will solve the challenges the country is facing. I am more than ready to work with the current president as a member of the cabinet, since she is also just finishing the remainder of the tenure for the presidency. But it’s up to the President because she has the powers to fire and hire the cabinet.”
President Banda’s turn of fortunes promises to break the DPP.
While some hard-core supporters have yet to come to terms with events, their leaders are all saying politically correct sentiments in the hope that she will favour them with positions.
It remains to be seen how long this goodwill will persevere after she finally announces her cabinet.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :