BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Monday took a swipe at his predecessor, Joyce Banda, over her remarks at the Njamba Tonse Alliance rally where she alleged that the incumbent president went to China for a drinking spree instead of doing the job he was sent for during the late Bingu Wa Mutharika regime.
Last week, People’s Party President Joyce Banda, who also served as Vice President during the Bingu regime from 2009 to 2012, told a gathering that President Mutharika got drunk in China where he was sent for official duties.
Responding, Mutharika told a multitude of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters at Goliati in Thyolo district that enmity between him and former president Joyce Banda started way back in 2007 during the reign of his brother Bingu when he thwarted Banda’s plans to have sexual escapades with his brother.
“I don’t drink Kachasu. I drink red wine,” Mutharika said.
He added: “On December 27, we signed a bilateral agreement with China. On March 12, we went back to China with Bingu. This time we also took Banda as foreign affairs minister though she was useless. After finishing our duties in Beijing, we went to Shanghai for accommodation. So Joyce Banda wanted to book a room next to president. I said no! This will not happen. Uhule wako wa ku Lilongwe usabweretse kuno ku China. A Bingu amadya nsima, samadya deya ayi (do not bring your prostitution here in China. Bingu eats Nsima not husks).”
Mutharika further asked the gathering to vote for DPP in the forthcoming fresh presidential election due this month.
He insisted he won last year’s polls which he says were verified by international observers, telling a gathering that the court robbed them their victory.
President Mutharika also said he settled for Atupele Muluzi as his running mate to represent the youth in his government.
He promised to storm the northern region in the next two weeks for campaign.
Before Goliati rally, President Mutharika visited the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Thyolo district to appreciate what students have innovated in the fight against Covid-19.
Mutharika has been indoor since his convoy met the wrath of Ndirande residents after presenting his nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on 7th May, 2020.
Mutharika’s tour comes 30 days after campaign for fresh presidential election began last month.
Recently, Mutharika told the state broadcaster—Malawi Broadcasting Corporation—that he was not out on the campaign trail due to coronavirus.