Representatives of the Northern Region members of Parliament (MPs) Caucus say President Peter Mutharika should look at the grouping as a partner in development, not his enemy.
The caucus was reacting to Mutharika’s assertion that it is there to frustrate his development agenda.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, caucus secretary Frank Mwenifumbo said the President is being misled by some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) MPs in the North to avoid the caucus, adding that the President should stop living in the past where everyone that was not a member of a ruling party was considered a rebel.
He called on Mutharika to engage the group and appreciate the developments it is advancing.
“If the President implements these developments, it is not the caucus that will be seen to have scored a mark, but the President. So, he should take the caucus as a good partner in development,” said Mwenifumbo.
Among other projects, Mwenifumbo said the caucus wants government to utilise the Northern Corridor by constructing a railway line that will connect Lilongwe to Tanzania.
“The railway will have to pass through Chitipa, Karonga, Rumphi, Mzimba and Kasungu which are well known for agricultural activities,” he said.
Speaking earlier in Mzuzu while touring some feeder roads, Mutharika said caucus members had deliberately chosen not to appreciate development projects his government is implementing in the region.
He cited the Mzuzu- Nkhata Bay Road, Njakwa-Chitimba Road, and the roads in Mzuzu City as some of developments that his government promised.
In an interview yesterday, presidential press secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said the caucus should follow proper procedures in engaging the President.
He said the caucus has experienced members who know channels of communicating with the head of State. n