President Peter Mutharika Wednesday seemingly ignored Leader of Opposition, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President, Lazarus Chakwera during the official opening of the Reserve Bank of Malawi building in Mzuzu.
When Mutharika toured the bank, he went straight to greet Vice President Saulos Chilima, former vice president, Khumbo Kachali, government officials, Democratic Progressive Party officials and the bank’s officials leaving Chakwera who was also at the podium.
Mutharika also skipped Chakwera’s name in his salutation list as he mainly mentioned the presence of Kachali, ministers and his DPP leaders.
In his speech, Mutharika hit back at opposition leaders who spoke against his speech during the opening of the budget meeting in Parliament in Lilongwe.
“There are some people who think my government is doing nothing in developing this country. Let me say that when your head is empty, you see everything empty. Know that the DPP government has lined a number of developments in Mzuzu City and Malawi at large [and is] ready to implement [them]. If other people did it, we are also going to do it. However, can I develop the nation in only two years while others failed in 50 years? questioned Mutharika.
When Mutharika was saying this Chakwera was just watching at him while DPP youth cadets were singing songs to intimidate him.
But speaking in a separate interview Chakwera said if Mutharika is against his speech, it means he is against Malawians.
“I have heard whatever the president was saying. My speech was not bad but good to those who have conscious to develop the country. What I said is what Malawians wanted us to say in Parliament. I don’t represent myself but Malawians,” said Chakwera.
Asked how he felt after Mutharika ignored his presence at the function, Chakwera said he is happy because his joy does not come after somebody recognises him but when he serves the people.
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