Bob Sichinga on the "unholy alliance" between the party in government and mining companies :
“My information is as follows; this money is not coming from the capital market. This money has come from the mines, who they have refused to tax. And this is the deal between the government and the mines that they will pay to MMD some money which they can then use for their campaign, with a view of them being retained in government...Because if the mines should not support the MMD and allow a new government to come in, a new government is likely to tax the mines with proper taxes, on mineral royalty taxes as well as windfall tax, as well as income tax....There is also a separate deal which they have done to give money to MMD to enable them campaign. That’s why MMD is flashing this money all over the place. It has come from the mines...Why not make the mines just pay a fair tax? This is betrayal and this is why I have said ‘let the people decide in this election and make the issue of the mine taxes as an issue in this campaign..”
It should be noted in the interest of fairness that Mr Sichinga is currently an economic advisor to the Patriotic Front. But the allegation he makes are well established because President Banda has actually admitted as much in the past - see At The Mercy of Big Business and the implications it raises.