Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Presidential Press Secretary Steve Nhlane says members of parliament are blackmailing Pres. Joyce Band and her government by stalling parliamentary deliberations so that she should give them K10 million each in fuel allowance arrears dating back to 2009.
Nhlane has warned that those MPs pressing for the fuel allowances are digging their own graves and risk losing in the 2014 elections if they stick to their demands.
“People must know what is happening is that the opposition MPs is trying to blackmail the president and her government. There is no way the president can stop commenting on the issue because it is political. It is unethical and borne out of ill intention.
“They (MPs) are digging their own graves like what happened in 2009 election when the majority of opposition MPs never made it to parliament and the opposition candidates lost miserably in the election,” Nhlane is quoted as saying by one of the local daily papers.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013