President Peter Mutharika says People’s Party (PP) leader Joyce Banda wanted an electoral alliance with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) but he rejected her.
Mutharika made the remarks in Lilongwe on Sunday during the DPP manifesto launch.
He was reacting to claims by Banda’s PP that the DPP approached it for a coalition before the opposition party decided to join forces with Lazarus Chakwera’s Malawi Congress Party.
Mutharika contradicted the PP saying he turned down Banda.
“It was Joyce Banda who approached me to work together but I refused following her unkindness for Malawians, in her two year rule she squandered a lot of government money. I can also tip you that Joyce Banda tried to send Ibrahim Matola to plead with me but I chased him right at the gate,” said a furious Mutharika.
On the PP-MCP coalition, Mutharika mocked the alliance saying Joyce Banda is unclean and Chakwera accepting her only shows that he is ready to work with corrupt leaders in the country.
Taking to the podium before Mutharika, DPP Secretary General Grezelder Jeffrey spoke on the cashgate scandal and sale of private jet during the Banda administration.
Jeffrey said Banda has to face the law and return money she stole during her time as president.
On Saturday, PP spokesperson Ackson Kalaile said the DPP wants to arrest Banda because she refused to enter into an electoral alliance with ruling party ahead of the May 21 elections.