Govt accuses Nankhumwa of politicising Covid-19 fight

Government has faulted the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa for politicising the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

The development follows demands by the Opposition Leader who has called upon President Lazarus Chakwera to institute what he calls forensic audit for Malawians to know exactly how K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds were spent.

Though declining to specifically comment on Nankhumwa`s demands, Government spokesperson Gospel Kazako said the Covid-19 fight is a serious national task, and politics should be ruled out.

“The issue that we have at hand, it’s not about one person, I must also mention here that I think we would be tempted to comment on what honorable leader of opposition has said, because we are a team and you know he belongs this Taskforce.

“Actually we are very surprised, this is just pure politics, now you cannot deal with this matter using partisan politics, we don’t want politics into this, this is a government system,” said Kazako.

He said the Taskforce is already conducting the investigations and Malawians will know the truth when all is done.

“But the beauty is that the public will be told, and the public will be informed, the public will also be given an opportunity to further scrutinise whatever information will be there, there is nothing to hide,” said Kazako.

But commenting on the matter, a University of Livingstonia based political scholar George Phiri said the decision still remains with President Chakwera to tell Malawians how the money was spent in order to gain trust of the public.

“It is important that he [Nankhumwa] is coming out to inform the public that there is mismanagement of resources with Committees related to Covid-19 management.

“If the government cannot do this then the government is not accountable and the government is not applying good governance principles as required by the laws of this country of a leader like the President,” observed Phiri.

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