Malawi President Peter Mutharika keeps courting the wrath of citizens, opposition parties, the civil society let alone development partners due to what the ex governing Peoples Party (PP) believes is the continued plot by people that surround his office to topple him.
In an interview with Malawi24 last week, PP spokesperson, Ken Msonda hinted that the Malawi leader remains of high education stance, extensive experience having traveled to lots of countries across the globe.
However, Msonda says the PP believes that the ‘failures’ Mutharika is apparently wearing are a result of the bad advice he is getting from his close allies who according to Msonda ‘are vying for his position’.
Msonda was responding to the recent verbal attacks that spilled up between ex President Joyce Banda and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government over the failure by the Mutharika administration to provide the retirement package to the ex leader who remains outside of Malawi where she says she is running away from being politically prosecuted.
” He (Mutharika) must remember that in the next few years he will be a former leader and if he treats Joyce Banda this way how does he expect to be treated by the next sitting president.” Msonda told Malawi24.
”We want to warn him against people that give advice to him. Most of them are giving him wrong advice so that he looks as a failure and then they take over his post. Such people are vying for his position and this is something he must be careful of.” said Msonda who had initially admitted that Mutharika might been having a good will but his allies want him to fail.
However, just recently Mutharika turned his ire on Banda citing that the ex leader is just insincere.
Mutharika whose government has fallen to numerous criticisms advised the former head of state to come back so that she can assist in the identification of a house of her choice.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Mutharika who left for Malta last week for the Commonwealth summit said claims made by Banda are insincere and aims at denting his image toward donors.
“I wish to inform the public that numerous claims purportedly made by the former President Dr Joyce Banda that she is failing to return to Malawi because she is being denied retirement benefits, including accommodation and security, are insincere.”
“Government has duly provided to Banda the requirements of a retired President as stipulated by the President’s (Salaries and Benefits) Act,” reads part of the post.
On Banda’s gratuity, Mutharika said the former president has already received a tax free lump sum amounting to K30 million comprising MK12 million and MK18 million as gratuity in her capacity as former vice president and former president, respectively.
However, Mutharika admitted that the former president is yet to start receiving her monthly pension which he says is currently being processed by the Director of Pensions at the Accountant General’s office.
According to Mutharika, Banda was also offered several houses to choose from in some affluent neighborhoods of the capital city but she rejected most of them.
Mutharika also said Banda has been provided with seven police officers in accordance with the President’s (Salaries and Benefits) Act.