President Peter Mutharika and his Finance minister on Monday engaged in mudslinging politics against the opposition, saying Malawi Congress Party (MCP) failed to develop Malawi during its 31 year rule because it was busy suppressing dissent by throwing dissidents in crocodile infested rivers as food for the animals.
Speaking during the opening of Nkhata Bay District Hospital, Mutharika said within two years, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government has fulfilled a number of its campaign promises and added new development projects.
“So what is the opposition saying? They have nothing to offer to you. What the MCP (Malawi Congress Party) knew was to throw dissidents in rivers as food for crocodiles. They were in power for 31 years but look at what they have done,” said Mutharika without giving evidence and stating how many were given to crocodiles as their meal and where.
The DPP under Bingu is also accused of killing Robert Chasowa, a Polytechnic student who was a political activist and the police killing of 20 people on July 20,2011 for participating in peaceful protests.
Mutharika described the 2016/17 K1.3 trillion budget as the best ever, saying it was pro-development.
“This is the best budget I have ever seen. Twenty five percent of the budget is developmental,” he said.
Finance minister Gondwe, on the other hand said Peoples Party officials were busy looting public resources instead of developing the country.
“We lent this government to them. We were lending them the government, we briefed them on development projects they were to finish, but lol they came in to help themselves. We, the owners of the government are back now, we have kicked out those whom we lent,” said Gondwe in Tumbuka.
Gondwe also served in the PP government as Minister of Economic Planning.
The government function was highly politicised as most speakers, including DPP secretary general Ecklen Kudontoni mocked, demonised, insulted and humiliated the opposition whilst glorifying Mutharika and heaping praises on the DPP government fot its successes.