Joyce Banda Speaks Peace, There Will Be No Revenge
Malawi President Joyce Banda has extended an olive branch to the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party, which fired her in December 2010, that there will be no room for revenge in her leadership.
“Let me assure you that there will be no room for revenge. United we stand, divided we fall,” said Banda as members of her now ruling People’s Party cheered.
When she took to the podium she promised to make a short speech, saying the priority now is mourning the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.
“I will make a speech when time is ripe but now let us mourn the father of the nation. Suffice to say that this is a new beginning for Malawi and the start of healing all the wounds of the nation,” said the new President.
The President also disclosed that she had earlier chaired a cabinet meeting where she said everything went on well.
“The holy spirit was felt in that room. Everything went on very well and that was new beginning,” she said.
The front seats were occupied by People’s Party officials, pushing senior cabinet ministers to ordinary seats.
All the Ministers wore sad faces, with flamboyant Information Minister Patricia Kaliati burying herself behind the back benches.
Minister Kaliati and five other fellow Ministers on Friday objected to the swearing in of the vice President, arguing that the office of the Vice President was already declared vacant because she had formed an opposition party.
It is highly likely that at some point the new President will dissolve the current cabinet, making Malawians wait with baited breaths on who will stay or get the boot.
Younger brother to the late President, Professor Peter Mutharika is Foreign Affairs.
It is widely believed that President Banda was expelled from DPP because she refused to endorse the younger Mutharika as automatic candidate for the 2014 elections. - Zodiak Online
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