Interim President of a political grouping Transformation Alliance, Moses Kunkuyu has accused State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika for looking at tribe when appointing people in key government position.
The former Information Minister was speaking at the first National Conference for the pressure group held at St Pius hall in Blantyre.
Kunkuyu for instance said the head of Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) Malawi Defense force, National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) Roads Fund, Malawi Broadcsting Corporation (MBC) National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) and Agricultural Development Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) are people from his tribe.
“Though the president says that he appoints people on merit this does not mean that there are also some people who qualifies for the same position in other areas. Our grouping was born after realizing that there is a gap created by non-state actors,” he said.
He said the Civil Society Organizations have been compromised and now are being used to cast gate opposition leaders and government is using agencies that the tax payers’ finance to punish those who attack it yet the public broadcaster MBC has huge debts.
He further said that Malawi is the only country that cerebrates when its people are being butchered while questioning the commissions of inquiries if they are really going to solve anything.
Speaking on the same function leader of opposition parties who is also the leader of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Dr Lazarus Chakwera faulted government for failing to liberate Malawians from poverty.
He said that we cannot say that there is no poverty when people are failing to buy food for themselves and fertilizer just to mention a few.
“Malawi needs transformation leadership that is not measured by age and education alone. The fight that we are fighting it is not personal but for the nation, our freedom, and the youth and for those who feel pain,” he said.
Zambian opposition leader who was supposed to among the speakers at the conference was barred from entering into the country for revealing the maize gate scandal involving the former agriculture minister Dr George Chaponda who is answering corruption charges from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
Meanwhile, President Mutharika dismissed claims by his critics at one of the meetings he recently addressed in the northern region saying that out of twenty members of his cabinet there is non from Thyolo where he comes from.