Former Speaker of Parliament, Sam Mpasu has warned the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government to stop acts of retribution to political competitors and critics.
Mpasu lambasted Peter Mutharika government during a local radio interview over the termination of Louisa Angella Kabwila’s internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Angela Kabwila, daughter to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) publicist, Dr Jessie Kabwila, had had her internship at Ministry of Foreign Affairs terminated, a development that some commentators linked to politics.
Mpasu said it is clear that the termination of the internship was the cold calculated hatred and the vengeful tactics of the DPP government towards the opposition spokesperson.
“The country does not belong to a ruling political party,” Mpasu said.
“Retribution is political immaturity and dangerous to stability of our country,” he said.
Mpasu said the DPP government “must understand everyone has got equal rights.”
He said: “Criticising government is not a crime, it has never been a crime unless in a dictatorship. Criticism is part of advice.”
Mpasu accused the government of sparking “political tension” in the country, saying “it is too high.”
Kabwila herself vowed to accelerate her criticisms and attacks on DPP government despite what she described as persistent persecution on her and family.
She said arrests or government decision to terminate the internship of her daughter cannot shut her up.
“They are failing to separate me from my daughter. They are trying to intimidate me and my family but I will not stop,” said Kabwila.
She said since her arrest, the government has foiled two trips as punishment for being too vocal and critical of the Peter Mutharika administration.
She said she has credible information that the government has reordered her re-arrest on Marchl18 just a day before parliament rises.
Kabwila said the police will do so on pretext that she and other two suspects on sedition and treason charges will now be formally and officially charged with the offence.
“I will continue to speak out. I cannot keep my mouth shut when people are dying of hunger, this government has failed, it has failed Malawians completely,” she said.
The MCP spokesperson said she and co accused Peter Chakwantha and Ulemu Msungama are not intimidated by government.
The issue of termination of Ms Kabwila’s internship was raised in Parliament on Tuesday by MCP’s Lilongwe South East parliamentarian, Willard Gwengwe, who asked Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, George Chaponda to explain why the lady’s internship was terminated.
But in his response, Chaponda said the matter had been blown out of proportion saying the termination of the internship was necessitated by lack of space at the ministry.
“Ministry of Foreign Affairs shares space with Ministry of Local Government and we have a number of employees who are being recalled from our foreign missions having served for 7 – 8 years and we are going to absorb them back into the system,” explained Chaponda.
He added: “We, therefore, thought of releasing interns to create room for the returning employees.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :