The Malawi government has learnt with shock and disappointment the sensationalism promoted by the Malawi News through an article dated 04th June 2016 in a story titled ‘DPP Ferries Supporters in Government Vehicle’ appearing on page 3 of the newspaper.
It is erroneous, wrong and unsupported to claim these are old-habits-die-hard for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led Government.
The story quotes both the Chief Secretary to Government, Mr. George Mkondiwa and Secretary for Natural Resources and, Energy and Mining, Mr. Kester Kaphaizi who all expressed ignorance on the matter and clearly stated that it is not Government policy to use Government vehicles for party functions.
Even the DPP Secretary General, Honourable Ecklen Kudontoni and DPP Regional Governor for the North, Honourable Kenneth Sanga, distanced the party from the alleged ferrying of supporters using a government vehicle.
Despite all this information being made available, the Malawi News went ahead to publish and accuse the DPP of abusing state resources and not respecting the separation of party and government functions as enshrined in the Constitution.
We believe the fact that both the Government and DPP distanced themselves from the alleged incident should have been enough for the Malawi News to stop painting the party and Government of abuse of tax payers’ money.
Government would like to reiterate that it is the policy of the DPP administration, led by His Excellency President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, to clearly separate government and party functions.
The Public Sector Reforms under implementation will go ahead and will not be derailed by a few misguided individuals as well as a hyped up press bent on discrediting government at each and every turn notwithstanding the good progress the country is making under the DPP led administration.
The government of President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika remains committed in supporting the freedom of the press and calls on the media to move away from cold media tactics and for once move into positive, ethical and progressive reporting practise which we can all align with and for once be proud of.
PATRICIA KALIATI, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
AND CIVIC EDUCATION; GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
Source: Malawi News Agency