Presidential spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba has accused State Vice President Joyce Banda of “moral; inconsistence” for demanding an explanation from President Bingu wa Mutharika over his war-mongering remarks.
Banda has said she would soon be writing the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue, Anglican retired Bishop Bernard Malango to seek a clarification from Mutharika.
But reacting, Ntaba accused the Vice President of lacking substance.
“I think Joyce run out of ideas on what else to accuse the president. She lacked real issues to argue against government, wondering what else was on her speech had the president chosen not to use that war symbolism,” Ntaba told a local radio.
“Remember she supported the demonstration, in which 19 people died, yet she stayed away from those demonstrations because she was aware of its consequences; and still she has the audacity to call for the president to kill her first, if she is that brave, then why did she stay away from joining those rioters,” said the president’s spin-doctor.
“It is this moral inconsistency she suffers that will always reveal her weak leadership principles,” said Ntaba.
Speaking when he launched her People’s Party last Saturday, the state vice president admonished her critics over criticizing “her own government”, saying she swore “at the stadium” to protect and uphold the Republican Constitution and that if things get out of hand, she would be quick to raise the voice of reason.
“I cannot be enjoying tea within the confines of my official Mudi Residence when the ordinary citizens are suffering; then I would be a bad employee,” she said.
“ You employed me to serve you and my obligation is to ensure that your government, which you put in place, lives up to its constitutional obligation by ensuring that you enjoy the necessary economic, social and political rights,” Banda said, adding that she is ready to go to prison for pointing out the various ills of this government.