Despite sending a strong message that he is not going to step down, Malawi President Peter Mutharika still faces strong and incessant calls to consider leaving the office for what activists and opposition dub ‘failure to rule the nation.’
Among other things, Mutharika is being accused of ignoring advice from critics and instead railing at them.
Recently, he sparkled the wrath of the media, activists and opposition when he reportedly picked a bloated delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in the US.
But Mutharika has been turning hi ire on the critics and has remained adamant that he did not take the said 115 people along with him to the US as media has reported.
But yesterday, vocal Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), led by Centre for Human Rights (CHRR) boss Timothy Mtambo tore Mutharika apart by trashing his anger while refusing to be silenced with the threats the Malawi
Mtambo has described the President’s recent loss of emotions as “un-presidential and worrisome”.
Mtambo faulted Mutharika for being “too emotional and hostile” describing his outbursts and table banging as a flagship of an emerging autocrat.
“The president lacked decorum in his unguarded emotions as well as insensitive and irregular remarks towards his critics. The sole purpose of his flare was to threaten his critics to stop holding him to account. This is a flagship of an emerging autocrat and it is very worrisome after the country has long-achieved democracy.
“The public is interested to know why, amidst the country’s prevailing economic doldrums, the president took a costly volume of delegation to the Assembly,” Mtambo said.
On the other hand, the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) has warned that Mutharika may be becoming a dictator when he does not listen to his critics and then only intimidate them.
Church and Society of the Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central African Presbyterian said during a press conference yesterday that Mutharika “was inciting violence” in his reaction to reports that he took ‘a village’ of 115 delegates to the US for the UN General Assembly which resulted in government wasting over K2 billion of public funds.
The Church warned that the country is likely to experience another bloodshed like one that occurred in 2011 should the president continue with his authoritative rule.
“President Peter Mutharika adopted hostile approach last week that should not come from a president leading a democratic nation. He showed signs of being a dictator like his late brother, Bingu with the use of words like ‘nonsense’ and the banging of the table. He was inciting violence by fueling anger among members of the public that could lead to violent protests. We should not experience another July 20 bloodshed” warned the Church.
In the same vein opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) publicist, Jessie Kabwila told Malawi’24‘s Happy Soko last week that there was no need for the opposition to be threatened and hinted that the Malawi leader has failed Malawians and such needs to quit from the post, he has since claimed he will contest for in the next polls in 2019.
Spokesperson, Jessie Kabwila demanding her to apologize to the nation for what he termed as ‘lies’, before he also railed at the media.
However, during a press conference on Saturday, Kabwila maintained the party would not apologize to Mutharika and that the only good thing he (Mutharika) could do now is to tell Malawians the truth of the matter and not threaten anyone else.
“We will never apologize to the President in fact he is the one who should apologize for the pain inflicted on Malawians by spending millions of Kwachas for this year UN meeting and yet hospitals have no scanners,” Kabwila said.
Mutharika has also been accused of falling to start a probe into an alleged 577 billion Kwacha ‘Cashgate’ that occurred between 2009 and 2012, a development which analysts believe is meant to hide his late brother and President Bingu wa Mutharika.