Transport and Public Works minister Jappie Mhango has angrily told journalists to stop asking for interviews on Sundays.
“This is a day I go to church, this is day I rest. Why do you always call on Sundays,?” said Mhango.
This journalist then explained that he was calling the minister in his capacity as influential member of the main organising committee of the Independence celebrations which led to a stampede at Bingu Natonal Stadium on Thursday leading to the death of eight people most of them children.
“I wanted to balance up this story with you as the member of the committee since the chairman of the committee Joseph Mwanamvekha is not picking up the phone,” the reporter told the minister who said it was only Mwanamvekha who could speak on the matter.
Mhango is embroiled in other political entanglements as he is said to be organising the youth in his Rumphi west constituency to beat up and harass opposition figures especially those that have recently defected from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party to the Alliance for Democracy (Aford).
Information minister Nicholas Dausi however challenged he was available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
He said the main organising committee can only respond after getting reports from security agencies on the matter.
Labour, Sports, Youth and Manpower Development minister Henry Mussa said the government has asked for comprehensive reports from the police and National Intelligence Bureau.