This time around the Malawi government has no kind words for critic Kamlepo Kalua over his claims that the President Peter Mutharika was extravagant in the purchase of a motor home pegged at MK 150 Million.
Kalua claimed in local dailies that government had bought the motor home amounting to MK 150 Million, something he branded silly considering the current economic woes claiming that the Peter Mutharika led government does not care at all for Malawians.
But in a statement signed by Press Secretart, Gerald, government Viola has gone one on one with Kalua refuting his claims while stating that the said motor home was bought at MK 65 Million and not MK 150 Million as stated by Kalua.
”The motor home in question was indeed purchased for MK65 million and was paid for in two equal installments. The price was not MK150 million as alleged. It was bought as a new unit in July 2015 to replace the old one which was already second-hand when it was bought over six years ago. It was having frequent breakdowns on the convoy and at one time, it had to be towed back to base. This shows the mechanical condition the old unit was in. It certainly had to be replaced.”
”The motor home is not a luxurious model because it is small and an ordinary unit in the line of motor homes. On the President’s convoy, it is not a recreational vehicle, but a very essential and most functional unit of the convoy. The previous Presidents’ convoys had motor homes too. Before the current President became President, he had a private motor home, which he still has, that he used on his campaign trips as a toilet.” the statement which Malawi24 has seen reads in part.
Government has since asked Kalua to desist from malice and deceitful reactions to the media on issues he has no evidence on.
”Hon Kalua and the others who attacked the President in the said article should have checked the facts before they went to the Press. Daily Times Newspaper should have done likewise before going to print and writing the editorial in which they ignored the accurate figures given by the State House and used the false figures from Hon Kalua. Standing Orders in Parliament hold Hon Kalua responsible for the accuracy of his statements in the august House. He is liable to appropriate Parliamentary discipline if he lies or misleads fellow MPs. Outside of Parliament, he is equally responsible and morally bound not to mislead the public, which he has done unfortunately.”
The Rumphi east legislator has been a key critic of government in the August house as well as on national issues lately.