A former legal adviser to the late President Bingu wa Mutharika and commentator Z Allan Ntata, has said the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has not changed from the mistakes that led the previous DPP administration into rapid decline and unpopularity.
Ntata claimed in an interview on Malawi Newsnow (www.malawinewsnow.com) that the DPP agenda for the country, as it was laid out during the days of the campaign, is being “compromised by the greed and selfishness of the few” that he said have erected an “unnecessary hedge” around President Peter Mutharika.
He stated that the greedy crew is preventing all others from helping ensure the realisation of that transformative agenda.
“I am opposed to the excessive cronyism and political patronage that the current DPP government seems to be perpetuating and I am particularly disturbed by the seeming influence of just one or two individuals who are dominating the administration and misleading the President,” said Ntata in the interview.
“ I had expected that the new DPP power would be exercised with tolerance and inclusiveness. It was for this reason that I supported the DPPs push to power. I especially expected the current DPP to correct the mistakes that led the previous DPP administration into rapid decline and unpopularity,” said Ntata.
Ntata, who has previously attacked President Mutharika’s special aide and DPP’s Field Marshal Director Ben Phiri of running the show at State House and becoming a de facto ‘Prime Minister’ , said he has no grudge against the government’s strongman.
“Ben Phiri and I are like brothers. I have no grudge against him. I have no reason to suspect that he has anything against me, and if I write things that seem to suggest a grudge, it is because as a friend, I have to correct him when he’s going wrong. I speak in public even about issues that concern him simply because they are national matters, and for the sake of posterity. It is important for Malawi to know what is happening, even when those perpetuating the corruption and governance failures are my friends. My loyalty is to Malawi first, and to my friends second,” explained Ntata.
Ntata has been receiving condemnation from both government spokesman Kondwani Nankhumwa and DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila as a frustrated individual who is seeking attention.
But he rejected the accusations, saying he has never wanted or expected a government position.
“The truth of the matter is that I have never expected anything from Peter Mutharika except that he should be a good leader and lead Malawi to economic prosperity,” said Ntata.
“ I happen to have had experience working in government and that experience was enough for me. It would be useful for those making these assumptions first to find out where I am, what I am doing and if I am really interested in a government position. The fact is that my career interests lie elsewhere, and those who actually have taken time to find out know this,” he added.
Pressed to comment that DPP considers him as a “traitor” after he abandoned Bingu wa Mutharika while he was lying in the mortuary, Ntata said that must be because the people who consider him such are “uninformed of the circumstances” that made him leave Malawi for the UK in April 2012.
“ I have discussed this matter on numerous occasions, but since people are determined to believe their assumptions, I will say it again. I left Malawi on April 19, 2012. I had made prior arrangements to meet my professors at Erasmus University Rotterdam way before the death of Bingu. These arrangements could not be rescheduled. In 2013,
“ I came to Malawi and sat with Peter Mutharika and other DPP people and planned the strategy for the elections. If they considered me a traitor, how come they allowed me to write the blue print for their election campaign, which I presented to Peter Mutharika in August 2013?”
Ntata said he is currently working for an international company with interests in several countries including Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :