‘Peter Mutharika, a dictator in the making’

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Peter Mutharika

Mutharika; Receiving criticism.

Human rights activists in Malawi country have described President Peter Mutharika as a dictator operating in a democratic society following his remarks concerning the Access to Information (ATI) bill at a press conference in Lilongwe.

Mutharika’s press conference was organised to brief Malawians on his trips to Malta, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Among other issues, Mutharika talked about the hunger situation in the country, cashgate, and the ATI bill.

In his remarks concerning the ATI bill, Mutharika said he does not take deadlines and he deliberately did not respond when civil society organizations gave him seven days to reveal the inconsistencies in the bill.

But Timothy Mtambo, executive director for Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation said such remarks shows that Mutharika is a dictator operating in a democratic society. “The remarks made by the president has shown that he does not want to embrace views of the people and only dictators say such remarks,” said Mtambo.

Timothy-Mtambo

Mtambo: We need change.

He further said that citizens have the right to request things they need and Mutharika should have looked into the importance of the bill regardless of who is saying it.

“We have observed Mutharika, it is not wrong to call him a dictator as he has been petitioned on many issues including the NACgate, MSB issue, the human rights [Malawi Human Rights Commission] commissioners considering why it was predominantly male, he ignored it all,” he said.

Mtambo added that President Mutharika is not democratic as he always responds in such ways and it is not wrong to call him a dictator operating in a democratic society.

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21 Comments

  1. musaembekezere munthu okonza radio kuti angairize opanda mabattery kapena magesi. president siMulungu ai ndi munthu ngati inu, boma lilibe ndalama iye atani?

  2. Amalawi nkhumba ndi nkhumba, ikati iswe/ ibeleke imabeleka nkhumba inzake.

    Pitala sangasiyane ndi mose ayi. Mbava zimakhala za ukali nthawi zonse cholinga anthu asazindikire zomwe akuchita.

  3. Amalawi nkhumba ndi nkhumba, ikati iswe/ ibeleke imabeleka nkhumba inzake.

    Pitala sangasiyane ndi mose ayi. Mbava zimakhala za ukali nthawi zonse cholinga anthu asazindikire zomwe akuchita.

  4. MY FELLOW MALAWIANS B4 U COMMENT ANYTHING, U BETER UNDERSTAND FULLY. DONT HAVE A NEGATIVE ATTUDE TOWARDS ANBODY OKAY! Pali malamulo ena okomela anthu adyera , ena wina aliyense. Chitsanzo aMABUNGWE Abiri kuli maofesi awo sikuziwika. Kuwauza kuti abwele poyela afotokoze momwe amagwilira ntchito kukanika. Koma kukamila malamulo okomela iwowo?

  5. Any Boss who would want things moving, properly done & can not be pushed around is always called a Dictator to the understanding of the clueless. They want one who’d bow to all the rubbish & accept blame of failures of those who fail themselves.

  6. Ma rubbish….even yu Civil Society leaders, yu are dictators as well. Yu operate your NGOs single handedly. Since formation of yur organisations, its the same Executive Director.

  7. We elected APM to be the president of this country. If the nation is facing a crisis let’s be behind our leader. He is not a god and not every problem can be solved by him. The problem in Malawi is when a president tries to be tolerant we take it for weaknesses. For those who call themselves human rights groups should realize their limit when advocating their agendas. Let’s be civilized!

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