The daughter of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kabwila has been sacked barely a month after being hired as intern in the Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nation on Sunday can reveal.
But Kabwila has described her daughter’s loss of internship as a political matter as a result of her fight with the DPP government over issues of food scarcity in the country.
“These people are just victimising my daughter because of the pressure I have given them on food crisis and their failure to run this country.
“My daughter has had her internship terminated because of me. Apparently, there is an invisible hand of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in this whole dealing, that is why the communication was handed to Louisa on Friday afternoon after Parliament was adjourned. The DPP continues to punish me and my family over political issues,” said Kabwila.
According to an appointment letter signed by Brian Ng’oma, Principal Secretary to Foreign Affairs
Kabwila was offered the post of academic intern on 8 January 2016.Ministry, Louisa Angella
The letter from the ministry indicates that the reversal of the appointment has been arrived at after a discovery that they have limited office space.
“I regret to inform that due to limited office space in some of our departments where you were also supposed to be attached to, we have decided to terminate your internship. Your last day of internship will, therefore be Friday March 4 2016,” reads the letter in part.
The development, according to Kabwila, is a series of DPP government’s actions aimed at demoralising her fight for the common person against the evils of a failed DPP reign.
“All they are doing is trying to frustrate me, but I will fight on. Attacking my daughter is crossing the line. They can arrest me and do all they can but not on my daughter and family. That is declaration of war and I will not take it lying down,” said Kabwila.
In a related development, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati has dismissed allegations that Kabwila has been left out of the UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting to held in New York this March, because of her recent arrest and charges levelled against her.
Speaking during a press briefing yesterday, Kaliati said, the women caucus has a roaster, which it follows and it was simply not Kabwila’s turn this time around.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with those charges. What I know is that, there’s a roaster which is being followed as there are some women who have never travelled,” said Kaliati.
In an interview yesterday, Kabwila complained that she had been left out of the women’s caucus meeting because of treason charges.
“I was supposed to be part of the panel of Women’s Hour at the BBC, but the treason charges have delayed my application process and further complicated my visa application,” she said.
Meanwhile, Kaliati has said the number of people from Malawi attending the meeting might also decrease because getting a visa does not guarantee a trip.
“Some participants begin the visa process in the hope that they will get sponsorship for per diem, if that fails then they do not travel; otherwise, how will they survive out there? This time around we have people from agriculture, justice and nutrition just to mention a few,” she said.
This year’s meeting will explore women empowerment and their link to Sustainable Development Goals.