Critics have accused Malawi President Peter Mutharika of undermining the crisis that the country is experiencing by painting a wrong picture in his speeches at the just ended United Nations General Assembly.
Mutharika joined several other world leaders at the Assembly in the Unites States of America where they reported on the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) which they had agreed 15 years ago while also endorse new sustainable development goals that countries will have to focus on for the same period of time.
But in its no-hold-barred editorial comment on Monday, The Nation Newspaper wondered why the Malawi leader who has also been accused of picking up to 115 delegates when only 6 were invited briefed the gathering about the country’s education stance which is not the one on the ground.
The paper questioned the wits in the Mutharika by citing that what was said is by far contrary to the situation at hand.
“Your address contributing to the genera debate offered rare peep into your world view and your speech about education was equally inspiring although we could spot some mismatches between your rhetoric and your administration’s recent policies on higher education.” Wrote a depict of the comment.
In the same vein, the comment also tips Mutharika about the anger Malawians have over the bloated entourage he picked, though state house press officers have been denying lately.
“Malawians are angry that so much money could be spent on more than 100 people. How did the other hangers on find their way there? Was public money involved in any way? Malawians cannot wait to hear directly from you on this matter”.
The paper went ahead to ‘remind’ the Malawi leader that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) just declared his government’ novelty economic programme the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) off track.
“We now that some insecure people at the Reserve Bank of Malawi, Ministry of Finance, Economic Development as well as your personal advisors will try to downplay the significance of this by claiming the IMF diagnosis is of no consequence; that the country has survived without donor aid for a long time”.
“Our question is: do you have a plan or saving the economy and helping Malawians? Or will you jus sit and listen to half-baked advice and assurances that things are not as bad as the media portrays?” concluded the comment.
Mutharika returned from the US on Monday and is yet to brief the media of issues o the same sort.
However, state house says that it is not true that the Air Craft that the President used to travel to Dubai en-route to New York is a Bombardier BD700-1A10 Global Express registration Number OE-IGS owned by UK Private Jet Charter as reported.
It however did not explain how much government had spent on the jet despite urging the media to verify with the palace on the real cost of chartering the jet.
“State House is appealing to the People of Malawi to ignore any media reports on this matter, because they are wrong, untrue and which the architects of these reports, are aiming at inciting resentment of peaceful Malawians against the President and his DPP led government”, emphasized the statement.