Wakuda says won’t be like Ntaba in new role as Malawi Presidential spokesman

The newly appointed Special Adviser on Communication and Political Affairs at the State House Elias Wakuda Kamanga says his role as the presidential spin doctor is purely because of his political capability to handle the state of political atmosphere which is now engulfing every sector of the country.

Speaking during Tiuzeni Zoona program on the privately owned and independent radio, Zodiak Broadcasting Station Kamanga said as result he is now the only person to speak for the President as well as the state on any issues unless he delegate others to speak.

“You know, now everything which is being said has a political connotation so I, as a politician, have the expertise to handle any issues concerning the President and the State House. Other people in State House press office would speak for the State House only if I advise them to so,” he said.

Wakuda:  I am the spokesperson of State House and President
Wakuda: I am the spokesperson of State House and President

Commentators have argued that this means the demotion of the former Steven Nhlane who has been working as a presidential press secretary.

“I cannot say this is demotion on anyone because there have been no changes in remunerations or positions only that I have been appointed a man on top of the press office at the State House,” said Kamanga.

Asked whether he will be similar to the late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s spokesperson Dr Hetherwick Ntaba who according to the host of the program Pilirani Phiri was politicizing each and every issue,  Kamanga said he can’t be compared to Ntaba because he is a different person.

Commenting on the chances of the ruling party winning the elections, Kamanga said PP has over 85 percent chances of winning the polls.

“PP chances are enormous because it has huge following considering the developmental projects implemented so far. Since politics is the game of numbers, we have the numbers,” said Kamanga.

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