In Malawi: retired soldier worried about President's reveration
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In Malawi: retired soldier worried about President's reveration

Blantyre : Malawi | Jun 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM PDT
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Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika

A retired soldier in Malawi says he is worried with the reveration that the country's Vice President is using one vehicle on all his errands.

The reveration made by the Malawi President Mrs. Joyce Banda is being aired on the country's radio stations.

The Malawi leader's concern was brought about when she met a Contact Group on Presidential dialogue Friday.

The President said she is worried with the security of her Vice (Right Honourable Khumbo Kachale) since he is using a single vehicle..

The soldier said, true to the President's sentiments, provison of more than one vehicle to high profile people is a security strategyone and the use of one vehicle by a Vice President is a security risk and ought be addressed forthwith.

Mrs. Joyce Banda testified that use of more than one vehicle is really helpful as during the Bingu wa Mutharika led DPP government she (as Vice President) survived because she had more than one vehicle on her disposal and her would be attackers missed the target just because she had changed vehicles on that trip.

Because of their bad relationship, the late President Mutharika snatched some vehicles from hisVice's fleet, and it appears nobody knows where the other vehicles currently are.

Funding to the office of the Vice President was also reduced but in the current budget, the funding has not only been restored but increased too.

Other commentators in Blantyre wonder why the President is going public in an issue that could be tackled at the cabinet level.

"Security of the Vice President, as she has observed, is really a big and sensitive issue but to go public as she has done is doing more harm, and as it is the Office of the Vice President should be given stand in vehicles as a matter of urgency since everyone now knows that the Vice President is using one particular vehicle.

"What Her Excellency has done is not good in security circles and what she should do is to give her Vice some vehicles so that he can be safe as they wait on how to handle the matter," observed a one Petro Zadi in Blantyre.

Zadi wondered why the President had to blow the whistle as if the nation can provide vehicles for her Vice.

"Why take the matter to the nation and not with relevant authorties like the police who can investigate where the vehicles are and take proper action. And who took the vehicles from her, is she not the right and first person to know?

"After all, the Vice President is also Minister of Health and has access to the fleet at the Health Ministry, why panic then? Is it an issue of just seeking sympathy, for what?" Wondered Zadi, a security consultant in Blantyre.

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File picture shows Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika during a meeting with Portugal's President Cavaco Silva in Lisbon
File picture shows Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika during a meeting with Portugal's President Cavaco Silva in Lisbon
TAPITAYA is based in Blantyre, Blantyre City, Malawi, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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