Mutharika tells off donors

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 …says would not accept their ultimatums on ATI

Malawi President Peter Mutharika says his government will not table the Access to Information (ATI) bill because of ultimatums from the media, donors or civil society organizations but due to its importance to the Malawians.

The Malawi leader made the remarks at Kamuzu Palace, where he met media owners and managers.

At the meeting, the President assured the media in the country of his support but he refused to allow the ATI bill to be tabled in Parliament without cabinet first removing ‘inconsistent’ provisions in the draft law.

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Speaking on behalf of the media managers at the meeting, chairperson for Media Council of Malawi Professor Wiseman Chijere Chirwa said access to information bill will enable citizens to demand development projects and will allow the media to provide Malawians with reliable information.

“The right of access to information protects and promotes the collective good in a country. It is an integral part of human rights,” he said.

“We, therefore, request you as custodian of the Constitution to ensure that this bill is tabled during this March sitting of Parliament.” Chirwa also appealed to the president to restore sections that have been removed from the draft bill since the media were not consulted before the changes were made.

But Mutharika said he will not change the bill since cabinet has already endorsed it.

“I am sorry l cannot do that because if I did it you will call me a dictator I am sorry I totally reject,” he said.

He further said he would not assent to the ATI Bill if Parliament reintroduced provisions which he said are not acceptable. He was however noncommittal as to when the bill will be tabled in the National Assembly.

Last year, government refused to table the ATI bill at the last session of Parliament saying the bill had inconsistencies which needed to be addressed.

Later, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe told Parliament the ATI Bill would be passed in March.

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  1. All the way7 along, l knew that bloody bustard gay will not let the long awaited ATI Bill. lf you had asked him to murder and steal from government coffers, you would see how quick he would act. wakhwana pitala.

  2. This is the kind of journalism the president talked about which need to be avoided at times… Out of all better things we can put as headlines, we choose to worsen the strained relationship our country is having with our donors. What about if the title didnt have the donors’ name… Just simple the president says he wont make decisions based on ultimatums… These kind of headlines wont benefit anyone than cause more problems Malawi has with donors (I know we need to be independent, like free from donors dependence, but the plain truth is that we are not there yet)…. Don’t think we are punishing the president if we write such kind of headlines…. We just kill more of our hungry relatives in the village & our sick relatives in hospitals ( No money or relief of food & drugs) . Let’s love our country by being responsible for our actions. This is our country, it does not belong sorely to our president only.

  3. YAAA GOD BLESS THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA MALAWI, MR. PRESIDENT KEEP IT UP DONT FEAR WHITE PEOPLE THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS LIKE US LETS FEAR GOD MR PRESIDENT GOD HE WILL GUIDE YOU, PROTECT YOU AND GIVE YOU WISDOM TO RUN THE COUNTRY

  4. YAAA GOD BLESS THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA MALAWI, MR. PRESIDENT KEEP IT UP DONT FEAR WHITE PEOPLE THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS LIKE US LETS FEAR GOD MR PRESIDENT GOD HE WILL GUIDE YOU, PROTECT YOU AND GIVE YOU WISDOM TO RUN THE COUNTRY

  5. hey i think tipeze dziko lomwe lilindi malo akulu kuti aligawe kwinako titenge ma gay amziko mose akapange dziko lawo asankhane upresident komanso kkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  6. hey i think tipeze dziko lomwe lilindi malo akulu kuti aligawe kwinako titenge ma gay amziko mose akapange dziko lawo asankhane upresident komanso kkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  7. It can be passed but not upon donors influence. Let Malawi be free from unnecessary pressures. If CSOs want donor money, then they are free to write their proposals and ask for their funding from those donors. Suggestions Yes but Pressures No. Let our president act freely .

  8. Nanga Peter Mutharika Ukuleka Pati Kuwauzanso Azunguo Kut Ife Mathanyula Ai? Mchimwene Wako Samawanyengelera2 Amenewa Thats Y Adathamangitsa Ambassador Wa Ku Britain Coz Of Gay!

  9. mchifukwa chache#BOBO MUGABE#anathamangisa azungu onse ku zim coz amkaziwa kuti azazetsa chisokonezo mu zim. zabwino zonse mugabe msogoleri wa mzeru kholo la AFRICA

  10. mchifukwa chache#BOBO MUGABE#anathamangisa azungu onse ku zim coz amkaziwa kuti azazetsa chisokonezo mu zim. zabwino zonse mugabe msogoleri wa mzeru kholo la AFRICA

  11. We need the Access to Information Bill. Now! Peter said, during the campaign period, that as soon as DPP is elected back into government the bill will be passed. Please keep your promise.

  12. I agree with you Mr (Peter Mutharika) with the refunsal that you have made so far coz these (white race/white people) have nothing to do with Malawi. Why whenever there’s peace among african countries, they start bringing their nonsense i,e ATI Bill and same sex friendships. Again Malawi as country is not under the colonialism whereby the policy and practice of apower in and are convinced of their own superiority and ordained mandate to rule. Finally, I would love to see you Mr (Peter Mutharika) continue denying their demands.

  13. vuto nayeso peter yu alisomomwemo asanamepoapa akufunakuti phimba maso ngalu ameneyu kachaso mwina wamwawambili matsile amukwana pathako pako wava kumeneuliko tsongoleli opusa ngati iwe sindinamuwone

  14. Keep up boss musanyengeke ndi azungu povomera zomwe akufuna Mapeto ake azitibweresera zinthu zoyipa mziko mwathu kuno.Bwana mukaona kt zinthu ziribe ubwino don’t hastate to say No

  15. President Wopanda Nzeru Kupusa, Koma Akakuuza Za Ufulu Wa Gay Nde Kuvomereza Mwachangu, Magufuli Walanda Nyanja Ukungokhala Ndwii Ngati Ukumetedwa

  16. ATI Bill first,in absence of ATI access,fighting corruption and cashgate will be a laughable stock.If he is a real professor of law and democratic leader,he must enact the ATI Bill in law now to prove us his credibility.That is campaign iri mkati yadula Mtengo wosabala zipatso ndikusadza mthambi zake towards 2019!! Wawa ndangodutsa sindinatchole nkhwani!

  17. TELL OFF DONORS BUT START TO CONFISCATE CASHGATE PROPERTIES AND MONEY AND PUT THAT MONEY BACK IN GOVERNMENT WHERE IT BELONGS OR FACE DISASTER OF MONEY

  18. Ngati ndizoonadi zilibo chifukwa ndimafuna ndisamuke mdziko muno sindikadalolera kuti malo otulukira manye ena azitosako akatha azitipasa moni wa pa dzanja.Bwana mupitilize.

  19. The west focuses on freedom of speech, dressing, abortion, homosexuality, prostitution but retreats on economic independence and freedom. The media, civil and human rights support much nonsense

  20. zamathanyula mupangeso chimodzmodz coz mukukana zofunikira kwambiri ndy zikabwera zamathanyula zikubwera zija muziyakhenso chimodzmodzi….musapange zausilu apo ndy tiyambana

  21. I admire the late bingu wa mutharika coz when making decisions he was not aman of wait me to think first no,he used to act things accordingly like the gays issue idont think these so white people could reach this point of coming here and ask us to have debates,debate for what?then mr president do the same tell them that we are not idiots to follow their bastard act.

  22. Mumadikira a Malawi akwiye kuti mudziyakhura bwino kuti zisapitirire zokwerana amuna kapena akazi okhaokhazo nanga poti ena amenyedwa kale ena amangidwa bcoz anayakhula mau odana ndi khalidwe loipalo muwatani nanga? Muphuzire changu enafe ndi a Bp sitichedwa kuyaka kkkkkk

  23. tikufunanso alankhule choncho powaudza ma donors kuti savomeledza zamaukwati a amuna kapena akazi okhaokha kamba kathandidzo lawo president adzitero osamangoti azungu andituma,azungu akuti zafodya basi timafuna mtsogoleri adzilamula osati kulamulilidwa kip t up proffesor

  24. It appears that the problem with this bill is APM and the so called cabinet is just dancing to his tune. If APM is fine tuning the bill before parliament has debated it, then what is the duty of MPs! Are all bills handled in this manner. What is he afraid of?? From his tone one would think that he is living in a glass house for vehemently refusing the would be the law to operate in retrospect.

    • He is certainly not doing Malawi any favours at the moment. Donors aren’t everything of course, but they are what keeps this country running.

    • But you 2,you can also go back to where you belong and left MALAWI ALONE,my grandmother died on 2 April but she never know all this fanny things with her 84year but she had peace everyday as original Malawian so you must stop nonsense if Satan sent you to us,yey puss mamy and you Mr President go to back to this anyani Gay and tell them big No

    • But they said tumbukaz they’re well educated but not this one, Instead of take yo time and check the whole article, you’re just showing us how stupidity are you. ..wasted sperm

  25. Dear Mr President,
    You love flowers – especially “ROSES” Its just too much to have one on your beautuful blue jacket (suit) and on the table.Mwaswela bwinji bwana?