Nicholas Dausi
Malawi Information Minister Nicholas Dausi Making a good Impression in Defemding The Mutharika Administration

LILONGWE(MaraviPost): Information Minister Nicholas Dausi and journalist Brian Banda had a vibrant exchange aired on Times Television recently which impressed none other than Malawi Famous English professor and author Felix Mnthali

Sharing to his friends on Facebook after listening to the exchange, Retired Professor Felix Mnthali wrote the following:

“Mr Dausi has been under-rated. It must be his tendency to rely on verbiage which has led us to look down on his ability. Right now he is holding his own against, of all people, Brian Banda. It is not the policies or the issues I am concerned with here but with someone whom in my wildest and kindest expectations I would never have regarded as ministerial material. Today I have had to admit that this man has read quite a few books from Aristotle to John Stewart Mill”.

The program is aimed at letting Malawians know what is going across the country as well as in government and it hosted by Brian Banda who has a large following in the country.

During the program, Information Minister Nicholas Dausi challenged Banda and Times Group Chief editor George Kasakula for being critical and disrespectful to the country’s President Peter Mutharika through the Hot Current program.

Minister Dausi reminded Brian Banda that Times media house was a role model during Kamuzu Banda’s era.

“What you have to know is that the President you disrespect is for the whole country and not the DPP only,” said Dausi.

According to him, journalists are supposed to be on forefront respecting the President.

However, Banda angered the Information Minister when he described President Mutharika as passive.

“You have to withdraw the word passive, that is disrespectful. Had been in Parliament the speaker would have chased you out the house because the word is strong and not in order,” demanded Dausi.

Brian Banda did not expect to being countered so aggressively by Minister Dausi seemingly losing his cool, saying “you cannot intimidate me and I am not someone to be intimidated.”

The Minister then brought an issue that was outside the topic after Banda asked him why the President is silent with the K26 billion Zambia maize-gate issue in order to embarrass him.

“You are the Pastor and you preach in different areas but what you are doing on the television contradicts with what you are supposed to do,” said Dausi.

“If the President is silent on the maize-gate issue why did he established the commission of inquiry?” He wondered.

Brian Banda however denied to be a Pastor while asking Dausi why Malawians should believe in Peter Mutharika’s leadership.

Minister Dausi said Malawi President Mutharika is always open and listens to Malawians and their views.

On whether the government spokesperson will contest as a Member of Parliament coming 2019, Minister Dausi denied to issue a comment claiming there is still more time before we get there.

However, Dausi assured all private media houses in the country that they will work in a good environment without being intimidated especially during his period as the Information Minister.

Edited by Elwin Mandowa

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