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WHY I MUST SPEAK NOW – Z ALLAN NTATA

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For those of you who will miss the interview I had with Brian Banda (to be aired Saturday on Times TV), here is an important point:

The question and accusation I am receiving is why am I speaking now, in public, instead of speaking to the president in private as a sympathiser of the DPP?

The answer is this. I learned during my time as counsel to late Bingu that an advisor is blamed and his reputation tarnished if a principle makes wrong decisions regardless of whether the advisor advised against those decisions.

I am very aware that many still blame me for various decisions that they viewed were wrong during the DPP, claiming that I was behind them. I understand their presumptuous allegations because they have no way on knowing what advice I actually gave to thw President. Luckily, I still have copies of memos of my advice to the president, which should some want know what I advised on various matters, I can provide in confidence.

But, Having learned that the people never take time to investigate what advice an advisor gave, as a DPP sympathiser, I will now advise and voice my views of what’s going wrong in the open.

This way, posterity will judge me honestly and fairly rather than the wholesale accusations I received from those uninformed about what my advice and views were on any given issue.

For further details on the advice I provided to the President when I worked as adviser, sober minds should read my book, Trappings of Power: Political Leadership in Africa, available on amazon and other online bookstores.

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