BY DRAXON MALOYA
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is under fire following the discriminatory and nepotistic remarks made by the presidential aide on political affairs, who is also the party’s Administrative Secretary, Francis Mphepo.
Mphepo who is treated as one of the high profile personalities in the country’s political hierarchy is reported to have said that the president will withdraw all the development works taking place in the northern region due to ungratefulness of the people in the region.
First to condemn Mphepo’s remarks is the party which led the fight for the advent of multiparty system of government in the country, the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) which has described the conduct of the presidential aide as very unfortunate emanating from the basis of ignorance.
In a letter dated 19th January, signed by the party’s Secretary General, Khumbo Mwawungulu, Aford is demanding an immediate public apology from Francis Mphepo with President Mutharika and the Democratic Progress Party within 48 hours.
“North has seen unstated and unfinished project like the Nyika road, Euthini, Kafukule, Mbilima, Nthalire road, Mombela University and Mzuzu Airport, so it is unfair to say that under the leadership of Mutharika the north is reduced to nothing but the revenue collection zone to be used in developing a tribal belt in the southern region,
“Therefore we demand an immediate apology from Mr. Mphepo together with the president Mutharika and the Democratic Party within 48 hours, failure to do so will see Aford assembling northern region citizens to take the necessary action to deal with the malaise,” Reads part of the release.
In a related development four cabinet Ministers namely Jappie Mhango, Symon Vuwa Kaunda, Mark Botomani and Ralph Jumah on Saturday took time to convince members of the Indigenous Business Community (IBC) in the northern region on how government is making use of their taxes.
In an interview after the discussion which took almost six hours, the vice chairperson for IBC, Aram Beza said, it is sad that government is failing to construct some of the international traffic routes in the region which the business community uses on daily bases while remitting hefty axes.
“We are remitting hefty taxes and yet the same government is failing to construct the roads on which they collect much of the revenue they are using to develop some districts in other regions,” Beza said
In his remarks the chairperson of the ministerial delegation, Jappie Mhango assured the merchants that whatever issue that was raised in the meeting will be reported to the state president, Peter Mutharika who is currently in England attending to the 2020 UK-Africa Investment Summit.