By Isaac Salima
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Member of Parliament for Blantyre City South, Noel Lipipa, has said it is time for members of the party to express their minds on some bad governance issues that characterised the erstwhile administration if the party is to rebuild.
In an audio clip circulating on social media, Lipipa is heard charging at fellow parliamentarians in a WhatsApp group, for ‘lying’ that he was awarded a K5 billion contract. He further said there are people within the party who have benefited from Covid-19 funds and that their names will be revealed in an audit report.
When contacted on Tuesday to elaborate on what he was trying to say, Lipipa said it all started when he wrote on his Facebook Page commending Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Chifundo Kachale ‘for ably handling a peaceful presidential election’.
“This did not go down well with some members within the party who feel the election was not free and fair and started creating stones that I was awarded a K5 billion contract of supplying DPP-branded masks and sanitisers.
“I want Malawians to know that I have never been awarded any contract as some MPs within the party want people to believe. If I could not be given even a chair when the president addressed a rally in my constituency how could they give me a contract,” Lipipa charged.
Lipipa said this does not mean that he is planning to join the Tonse Alliance administration.
“I think it is time to say some bad things that were happening in the past if we are to rebuild the party because previously I could not come in the open and say this. There are no divisions in the party but there are some people who were destroying this party and we need to get rid of them,” Lipipa said.
Efforts to get a reaction from DPP spokesperson Nicolas Dausi and General- Secretary Grezelder Jeffrey proved futile as they did not pick our calls. But political analyst George Phiri said some DPP members who are coming out with their issues now cannot be trusted.
“These people know that the current government will conduct audits in several government departments and that soon their evil acts will be revealed, so they are trying to reposition themselves so that they might be spared. Where were they all this time when people were complaining of maladministration in the previous government?” Phiri queried.