… Says DPP bitter after being rebuffed by JB
The People’s Party (PP) say its leader Joyce Banda is clean and the party is not shaken by government’s pronouncement that Banda will be arrested over her role in cashgate and the sale of the presidential jet.
The opposition party conducted a press conference on Saturday to react to government’s announcement that the arrest warrant for Banda issued last year is still valid.
PP leaders at the press briefing included Secretary General Ibrahim Matola, Publicist Ackson Kalaile, Vice President for the North Ralph Mhone and Vice President for the Centre Beatrice Mwale.
Matola said Banda was not involved in the looting of public funds during her presidency and was the one who led the fight against cashgate.
“Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda is clean and innocent. Let us not forget it was Dr Joyce Banda who instituted the Baker Tilly report to check on the rot in the government finances,” Matola said.
Matola added that all the 72 people who were arrested over cashgate related cases did not implicate Banda in the public looting.
He said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government wants to frustrate the PP’s alliance with the Malawi Congress Party.
PP spokesperson Ackson Kalaile concurred with Matola saying the DPP is bitter because Banda refused to enter into an electoral alliance with ruling party.
On the presidential jet, the PP leaders said Banda’s cabinet made the decision to sell the budget.
Yesterday, three cabinet ministers in the DPP administration said Banda’s turn to face the law will come since government is using a prosecution strategy to handle cases involving the plunder of public resources that occurred during Banda’s two year period as president.
Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe spoke on the jet saying proceeds from the sale of the jet cannot be traced to date and Banda is to blame.