Thursday, August 6, 2009

Views on Muluzi’s call for reconciliation

EDITOR’S NOTE: Recently, Atupele Muluzi son to former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi called for a close working relationship between opposition parties and the government side in the National Assembly.

Making a contribution to this year’s 2009/2010 national budget in the just adjourned Parliament, the young Muluzi said that the opposition and government cannot afford to be at loggerheads.

He said there is need for the two sides to reconcile for the sake of development.

Ironically, the Machinga North East legislature was chairperson for the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament in the last 5 years.

Atupele Muluzi was responsible for impeachment procedures and the planned impeachment of President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika.

Readers, be reminded that it was in the commotion of the debate for these impeachment procedures engineered by Muluzi that the Speaker of the National Assembly, the late Rodwell Munyenyembe collapsed in the House and later died in hospital.

Although Atupele Muluzi was the man behind the planning of all these things, his two fellow legislators that he used in the process, Mangochi Malombe MP, Maxwell Milanzie and Balaka North MP, Lucious Banda both lost their Parliamentary seats through the courts of law after convictions.

It is believed that the young Atupele Muluzi was being used by his father, former president Bakili Muluzi to do all this in Parliament.

However, life sometimes can be unfair because as Lucious Banda and Maxwell Milanzi were suffering losing their MP seats in the process, Atupele Muluzi and his father were enjoying themselves at their now impounded BCA Hill residence.

Recently, one of Malawi’s leading dailies, The Nation, carried a number of letters and opinions from Malawians on what they think of the Muluzis calling for reconciliation now.

Malawi Digest hereby publishes some of the views from The Nation’s readers:


Dear Editor,

I am getting suspicious with opposition parties attempt to reconcile with the DPP government.

We all know how arrogant the opposition were in the first term of President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika.

In fact, they should be ashamed to call for reconciliation.

Let them come out in the open and tell the nation what type of reconciliation they are talking about.

In fact, they should tell us why are they talking of reconciliation now when all along they refused to listen to the voice of reason.

Otherwise, I am suspicious that the opposition are up to something.

Are they seeking reconciliation because they were humbled in the May 19 presidential and Parliamentary elections?

These people frustrated government’s development agenda in the last Parliament.

For this reason, I say no to reconciliation.

Kumbo Chirwali,

The Nation, Monday, July 27 2009. Page 15.


Dear Editor,

I write to agree with Atupele Muluzi that government and opposition parties cannot afford to be at loggerheads.

There is need for the two sides to reconcile for the sake of development.

There can be no development if government and opposition parties pull in opposite directions.

There is need for unity. This, however, does not mean the opposition side should accept any bill government brings in the House.

In democracy, opposition is supposed to offer positive criticism.

This is the whole essence of having opposition parties in Parliament.

Opposition parties are not enemies of the ruling party but partners in development.

Humphrey Zoya
The Nation, Monday, July 27 2009. Page 15.


Dear Editor,

Atupele Muluzi is right that there should be harmony between the DPP government and the opposition.

President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika can only achieve his vision of turning this country from a predominantly importing to an exporting country if there is political stability.

Brilliant! Atupele is thinking like a mature politician.

But when did he see the importance of reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among political parties?

When UDF and MCP were terrorising DPP where were these bright ideas?

Is Atupele seeking reconciliation because opposition parties lack numbers in Parliament to make meaningful contribution?

How do we know Atupele is doing that in good faith?

Mwiza Mhone,
Mzimba. The Nation, July 24, 2009. Page 17.

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