Presidential spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba on Tuesday drew parallel examples on opposition which Jesus Christ faced and to that of President Bingu wa Mutharika, denying that he is leading a worried and an angry nation.
Ntaba speaking on Capital FM Straight Talk programme said Malawi is one of the four countries in the sub-Saharan region which will meet its Millennium Development Goals, justifying that things are going on well.
“Malawi is going on the right track,” said Ntaba, adding “there is reason to be very hopeful.”
“We do have our own measure of share of challenges. The overall picture is that Malawians have good reasons to be very hopeful in terms of the future,” presidential spin-doctor said.
Ntaba said despite the Mutharika administration doing a lot of good things, there are elements of people who still do not appreciate drawing parallels with Jesus Christ.
“There are people who felt Jesus was on the wrong track. They thought he should be crucified. They thought he didnt do anything correctly. They criticised him. Even angel Lucifer rebelled against God, he thought God wasn’t doing the right thing,” said Ntaba, himself an excommunicated CCAP church member.
Ntaba conceded that the country was facing serious challenges on the economic front but said every country has its own share of challenges including the Unites States and Britain.
“Taking everything on balance, there positives as well. Our inflation rate has gone down, we are peaceful country.”
Asked by programme host Brian Banda if President Mutharika is aware that he is leading a worried and angry nation, Ntaba responded: “The president is not leading a worried and a angry nation.
“The majority of people who live in the rural areas, more than 85 percent, are not angry.”
On the chronic fuel shortage, Ntaba blamed some rogue traders for “hoarding fuel” and selling it at black market.
“There are some people who are evil, who are taking advantage of the fuel shortage that we have,” he said.
“We should be attacking those traders. Let’s get rid of traders of that nature,” said Ntaba without addressing the sticky issue why fuel is being sold at exorbitant price.
During the interview, Ntaba was asked why President Mutharika has taken to court Vice President Joyce Banda on “constructive resignation” matter for not attending cabinet when a similar case against former vice president Cassim Chilumpha was ruled against government.
In his response, Ntaba said Mutharika has not dragged Banda to court, explaining that the matter is a “constitutional referral.”
“There is a constitutional dispute,” said Ntaba referring to the case in which Mutharika’s legal counsel Allan Ntata is arguing that because Banda is not attending cabinet meetings, and she’s started her own political party, her conduct represents “constructive resignation”.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :