Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Thursday turned his ire on the media as well as Malawians for what he termed as being irresponsible on information about his United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) trip, citing that he wants to be apologized.
Addressing the press in Lilongwe on his UNGA trip, Mutharika said the remarks carried by the media showed that it does not like him and that it hurts him.
While ironically citing Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) which an initial government reaction had lightly named as having qualms with the government, he said radio’s agenda aims at inciting people against him and the Democratic Progressive party (DPP).
He further added that the Jet delegates used had the capacity of twelve passengers. Mutharika distanced the claims that the plane was packed in Dubai at $200 a day.
“I heard the jet was just sitting in Dubai by this irresponsible radio station and also by spokesperson of Malawi Congress Party (MCP). This is completely false and they owe me an apology. I never rented a Jet to USA; I rented for five and half hour to go to Dubai. From there i took the commercial flight,” explained the Malawi Leader.
On the recent call by some civil society organization calling him to step down, Mutharika maids it clear that no matter the situation in the country, he will not bide to their needs.
He uttered that there are no grounds that can force him to resign.
He stated, “am not going to step down and tell who ever that’s want me to resign that there is no reason for this.”
Mutharika underscored the remarks by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that Malawi government is off track citing it an empty claim. According to Mutharika the claims by the IMF is a result of frequent demand of salary increase by Civil Servants. He further advised Civil Servant in the country to stop demanding money and urged those with lust for the money to resign and join private sector.
Stated Mutharika, “If you are working for the government you can never have enough money. If you want to be rich go to private sector. But as long as you working for the government you will never have enough money. Malawians should stop demanding for salary increase.”
Meanwhile Mutharika is expected to travel to India for to carry government duties.