Consumer Association of Malawi (Cama) boss John Kapito who is fierce critic of government who is not afraid to pass a comment has told ruling People’s Party (PP) TO separate the party from state business .
Kapito was reacting to a statement PP’s Deputy Publicity spokesperson Ken Msonda issued on Tuesday claiming that Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) are opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mercenaries at the institution.
Msonda, said according to the Mera DPP mercenaries, the board had not met yet to approve fuel prices reduction.
The ruling PP said it expected Malawians, led by Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito, to hold demonstrations to condemn Mera’s action and force filling stations owners to reduce fuel prices and transport providers reduce fares immediately.
Msonda said: “Surprisingly each time fuel prices go up; Mera announces new prices immediately and pump price changes there and then.”
But Kapito wondered when Msonda became a government spokesperson.
Kapito said he could not waste his time reacting to Msonda who does not speak for the government and is a mere “party clerk”.
“It’s unfortunate that i should find my precious time to respond to comments coming from a party clerk like Msonda. What Msonda must understand and know is that the issues we raise are against government policies and never have we or i wasted my time to talk about his political party.
“There is need for blind party followers like Msonda to separate party activities from that of the state. If Msonda is looking at other benefits from his party, then he should find something better and identify his fellow political party friends and stalwarts,” Kapito said, as quoted by the press.
“Can someone tell Msonda that he is not spokesperson for the government and if he wishes to celebrate on anything stupid, let him do.
“If this is the calibre of people that the so-called People’s Party [has], then they need to do some soul-searching. My position is that i cannot sink so low to be engaged with Msonda. Let him rattle as much as he can,” Kapito.
DPP’s Nicholas Dausi trashed the assertions by Msonda and urged PP to be serious with statements it makes,” he said.
“They should not be branding people as DPP just because they are irrational to bravely say this is political tantrums or this is not workable.
“The PP should know that in a democracy, they shall always be a diversity of ideas. Therefore, they should not expect praises from every Jim and Jack. Not all the time everyone clap hands on everything,” Dausi said as quoted by Daily Times.
Mera Chief Executive Officer Alex Ciwaya is on record saying there was delay to announce the reduction because the board was yet to approve the new prices.
Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola broke the news about fuel price reduction on May 9 when the regulator had not announced.
Fuel prices went down from K714 per litre for Petrol to K694 per litre while diesel price went down from K693 per litre to K677 per litre.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :