…claims they made him a fool
Angry Malawi President Peter Mutharika who spoke to the Malawi nation yesterday on the sidelines of his extravagance at the UN summit on New York has revealed that tobacco buyers in the country duped him on the price they will pay for the leaf this season.
Responding to a question from a local journalist who asked him if Malawians will have to bear a burden of having to adhere to the hard conditions that will be set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mutharika went about to explain how the tobacco buyers cheated him.
“I met them in Washington and they told me that they would buy tobacco at a good price but when the time came, they went back to their old ways,” said a visibly angry Mutharika.
He disclosed how in his meetings with them they assured him that they would give Malawi farmers good prices.
Mutharika as well hinted that his brother was killed by the same tobacco buyers.
“I will not shout at them (the tobacco buyers) like my brother did because in the end they said let us go after him,” said Mutharika in words that commentators have said would mean that he knew some way in which the tobacco buyers brought down his brother for his tough stance on them.
Bingu wa Mutharika’s final public appearance was at the tobacco auction floors in Lilongwe where he fired at tobacco buyers for their exploitation of Malawian farmers. After making that appearance, the elder Mutharika collapsed at State house a few days later under controversial circumstances.
Mutharika’s death sent tongues wagging and lately former minister of information Kondwani Nankhumwa said that it was his Vice President at that time Joyce Banda who had killed him through witchcraft.