Malawi’s Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati had stuck to her guns that she was not wrong to tell the Zambian Government that Malawi government is not aware of Zambia’s President Michael Sata’s decision to forgive President Bingu wa Mutharika over Sata’s deportation in 2007.
Zambian Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism Given Lubinda had told Kaliati that she should “not be dogmatic” over Zambia’s President Michael Sata’s decision to forgive President Bingu wa Mutharika over Sata’s deportation in 2007.
Kaliati on Sunday said Malawian government had not yet received official communication from the Zambian government over the decision by Sata to bury the hatchet between him and Mutharika.
“I have been out of office and I have not received any official communication. May be my counterpart at Foreign Affairs has. We have just heard about it through the media, your other colleagues also called from Zambia,” Kaliati is quoted as telling the Times of Zambia.
However, Lubinda advised Kaliati against being “dogmatic” because it was President Sata who was injured and decided to forgive his Malawian counterpart.
“I think that they should not be dogmatic because it is unnecessary. President Sata decided to bury the hatchet and he mentioned to that country’s former President Bakili Muluzi that he had decided to forget about the past,” he said.
Kaliati said issues of government are serious and cannot only be communicated through the media; as such she did the right thing to respond the way she did.
“If they are accusing me, let them do so but as government we do not respond to hearsays. If we are communicated to we will respond accordingly but we cannot be discussing things through the media.
“We are waiting for the foreign affairs ministry to inform us then we will speak. It is not that we are not happy, we are, because it is good news,” she said.