Spokesman of opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Nicholous Dausi stunned government benches in Parliament when he pointed out that the front-line troops of President Joyce Banda were same people who “confused” former president Bakili Muluzi.
Muluzi ruled Malawifrom1994 to 2004 under the United Democratic Front (UDF) which is now in opposition after his handpicked successor, late Bingu wa Mutharika dumped the party in 2005 to form DPP.
Mutharika died last year and President Joyce Banda- who was expelled from DPP – ascended to power with her Peoples Party (PP).
Most of the PP leaders were recycled from UDF to DPP and now the Banda government.
Dausi who is Mwanza Central lawmaker was speaking on a point of order after Labour Minister Eunice Makangala said most people who accused founding president Kamuzu Banda and Bakili [Muluzi] of failing Malawians, “are the same individuals who today are on the forefront claiming that Dr. Joyce Banda is not doing anything for Malawians; yet their pockets are full of dollars and pounds.”
But Dausi protested: “Mr. Speaker Sir, it is out of Order for the Honourable Minister to say in this House that the same old people who confused Dr. Bakili Muluzi are here. It is unfair, wrong, illogical, and an insult. There are people in their camp (PP) who were in United Democratic Front. We have the same Finance Minister who was there and yet today, the Minister says they confused matters, can the Minister withdraw? She is insulting those Honourable colleagues there. They were there.”
Makangala maintained her stand.
“Mr. Speaker, Sir, Let us not forget that before 7th April 2012, there was no fuel and foreign exchange in this country. Mr. Speaker, Sir, let us also not forget that before 7th April 2012, there was no freedom in this country. Houses and offices were torched. People were butchered just because they wanted to exercise their rights,” the minister chronicled some of the evils in the DPP regime.
She hailed the PP government as “the only genuine and listening government we have ever had in Malawi’s history.”
Makangala added: “It is a government that gives freedom to its people to demonstrate peacefully without bloodshed. It is a government that empowers its people with loans, employment, houses, maternal shelters, food, cattle, sheep, seeds, fertiliser, tractors and other domestic as well as farm materials with a view to transform their lives beyond recognition.”