Peoples Party has to tread carefully with those who have defected to the party as some of them are repeating bad practices from their previous parties which can cost the new party under President Joyce Banda.
The party’s deputy organizing secretary Ian Nankhuni ordered Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to provide vehicles to carry party supporters to witness the opening of the budget session at Parliament and when the vehicles arrived at the party’s headquarters, PP administrative secretary Rev Peter Kaleso turned the offer down and sent the vehicles back.
A few days later, an article on the MRA vehicle saga was in the local media, another top party official, Ettinor Kholoviko, ordered Malawi Housing Corporation to provide a vehicle to carry her to Zomba on Saturday where the President had a function.
Again, Kaleso returned the vehicle and told Kholoviko to hire another vehicle.
The party has taken a stand not to use public resources for its functions. At the inception of the party, Banda and her pilots, agreed not to use public resources for the party’s functions.
“That is indeed very true. That is what we agreed from the formation of the party,” Kaleso was quoted in the local press as he commented on the MRA issue.
Chancellor College political analyst Dr. Mustapha Hussein praised PP for its stand on the use of public resources and urged the party to live to the decision.
PP also banned women civil servants from dancing at both party and presidential functions.
Banda’s PP has also opened up the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation to all parties. It used to be for government propaganda only.