PP says Mutharika in misleading claims against Joyce Banda

People’s Party (PP) spokesperson Ackson Kalaile-Banda has said  President Peter Mutharika who is the torchbearer for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, on Sunday made some statements and assertions  against former president Joyce Banda (JB)  which are “startlingly not true.”

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Kalaile-Banda told Nyasa Times thay Mutharika incorrectly told Malawians during his whistle-stop tour in Blantyre about the construction of Bingu National Stadium, that former president Banda, halted the project.

“Let it be reiterated here that the construction of the stadium took shape under JB’s reign. Her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, died before he could implement the idea. JB is also the one who changed Bingu’s plan to have the Chinese-funded stadium built in Lilongwe not Blantyre,” said the PP spokesperson.

Kalaile said according to the 2012 China-Malawi agreement signed by the then Finance Minister Dr Ken Lipenga, the project duration was  two years, starting from 1 July 2013 to November 30 2015, saying when the ground was broken, the project ran steadily. This is why he was able to inaugurate the facility  in 2016.

“The delay however, came when he, [President Mutharika], came into power. Firstly, there was proliferation of theft cases on the site. This affected the duration of the project. Secondly, and more significantly, there were disagreements on naming. While all stakeholders wanted it to be called Lilongwe Stadium, DPP-led government insisted that it would be called Bingu National Stadium. There was even debate in Parliament on this in 2015,” he added.

President Mutharika also accused Banda for failing to finish the construction of Masauko-Chipembere Highway,  Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must), and BICC,  saying “ the DPP government has finished all of these projects.”

PP spokesperson said Banda  did not tamper with the progress of the University.

“The prolongation of the project was rather technical,” he pointed out.

He said the Banda-led government actually secured funds for furniture and fittings, books and teaching materials since the loan secured from China had been for construction of university buildings only.

“As a matter of fact, the university opened its doors in March, 2014 by JB herself, months before APM took over the presidency from her. So which MUST did he complete?

“It’s the same with the Bingu International Conventional Center which the five-star hotel is part of. Opened on 1 May, 2015, the construction of the business premises never saw any stoppage, let alone abandonment, as asserted by APM until its completion.

“Umodzi Holdings’ records show that significant work was completed while JB was still in power. And when Peermont was signing the management contract with Umodzi in October 2014, what was remaining was some fittings here and there, and some interior design finishes.”

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Domasi
Domasi
2 years ago

He said she said! ………zibwana, masanje!

Citizen
Citizen
2 years ago

The problem with Mutharika is that he likes telling lies. Shame

CitizenX
CitizenX
2 years ago
Reply to  Citizen

or maybe he doesnt know that he is telling lies, you know old age you easily forget things akapume basi

ndatopa
ndatopa
2 years ago

we need issue based campaign not this childish stuff like 2 year olds

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
2 years ago

Everything that comes from DPP camp is exaggerated. Professor………., govt is not for babies (as if zikupangika ndi zenizeni, a 5km fake road is like a 4-way fly-over, Malawi cities will be like Europe, etc.
Yet on the ground???
It’s an undeniable fact that JB was relatively an impact-orientated leader,

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
2 years ago

APM is a damn blasted liar

guy jobo
guy jobo
2 years ago

Can the DPP party cohorts challenge Kalaile Banda.if not then what development did the current govt start and finish.

Ndede
Ndede
2 years ago
Reply to  guy jobo

Mzuzu – Khatabay Road just to mention 1. If you need others call me.

Vili Mkucha
Vili Mkucha
2 years ago
Reply to  Ndede

Was it not a renovation of the road that was already there?

Ndende uli
Ndende uli
2 years ago
Reply to  Ndede

Ndede check your facts!

National CEO
National CEO
2 years ago
Reply to  Ndede

Usawichi? Chiyani? Amangwetu. Wanthu wena amakhala ngati woduka mutu!

Vinjenje
Vinjenje
2 years ago

Yimeneyo si nkhani

Shido
Shido
2 years ago
Reply to  Vinjenje

Anayankhula bwanji Petulo ngati isali nkhani?

JOB
JOB
2 years ago

timadziwa kale kuti awa ndiakuba basi,,, JB ataye apumbwawa

Madubeko
Madubeko
2 years ago
Reply to  JOB

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