Mutharika thinks the hunger situation in the country is a joke – Kaliati

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Government might be serious about the hunger situation in the country but the head of the government thinks it is a joking issue and therefore should be allowed to throw jokes carelessly on the issue, the minister of information Patricia Kaliati has said.

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Malawi hunger; Bitting people. (Photo Credit, Dan Church Aid.

According to a statement from Kaliati, Mutharika decided to crack a joke on the matter of life and death when he addressed a rally at Limbuli in Mulanje in which he instructed people to start eating ‘mice and grasshoppers’ as a way of averting death from hunger.

Kaliati was reacting to the way the media reported Mutharika’s joke. The joke was since met with criticism from various sectors of the society who accused Mutharika of being insensitive.

“The criticism directed at innocent jokes that the President cracked at a recent development rally in Mulanje that people should eat ‘mice’ as part of their food supplement is thoughtless and unwarranted. It speaks of fault-finding of the extreme nature,” reads part of the statement that has been signed by the vocal minister of information.

The statement has worryingly expressed that Malawians are just being obsessed with criticising the President and are thereby taking away his right to joke with his people:

Patricia Kaliati

Kaliati: Says Mutharika made just a ‘joke.

“For anybody to suggest that such a President has abdicated his responsibility of looking after his people simply because he referred jokingly to ‘mice’ as a food supplement is to sink our politics to new levels of pettiness.”

However in an interview with Malawi24, a social commentator Felix Unyolo faulted the President’s remark and the Press Statement.

“The President’s remark are what we call an offside in football, the Press statement however has just made things worse. What are they trying to say, that Mutharika thinks the hunger situation in the country is a joking issue?” asked Unyolo.

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  1. APM wachita correction; akuti adati tixidya zitchetche(also known as YAMS/MPAMA) osati zitete…………. But i’ve consulted my dictionary & m’ntanthauzira mawu m’chinyanja koma mawuwo cndidawapezemo! kkkkkkkkkk Nde ndikudabwanso kuti n’chifukwa chiyani akuchita correction pa zinthu zot zidali nthabwala?

  2. Nzerutu sikulowa mkarasi kokha. Munyanya amalawi munkayesa u president ndi ufumu. Munthu wanzeru umaona when to crack a joke. That was stupid n insensitive. Alibe wisdom from above. Just because he is fattening himself like a lamb to be slaughtered for sacrifice doesn’t mean ena sakugona nayo. Silly jokes aside ds is serious matter

  3. #Mbuzi #dzitsilu #Agalu inu #fotseki zanu anthu opanda umunthu mukungoyankhula bwetetebwetete Poti mukukhuta nkumakanyela dzimbuzi dzanu dza flash. Anthu opand chisoni ndi #Amphawi #mbuzi #Agalu inu ndipo ndikupemphela kwa mulungu wamphamvuyo kut #Anyani inu akulangeni pasi pompano forsake. Ife amphawi tidakulakwilani chani? ?? Tikuti dziko muno muli #njila wina nkumayankhula zakumaliseche Poti akukhuta? ???

  4. Kd iyeyu watembenukanso, mmesa mmawawu munanenakuti kaliati wampepesela President pakhani yomwe ananena kuthyolo ponena kt inali nthabwala? Ndiyepano akutinso Pitalayo akuyesa zamasanje

  5. according to the speech by the president i guess ADMARC will start keeping mice & grasshoppers instead of maize. this is unfair to poor Malawians.

  6. An Open Request to Mr President! We hear ur concern about Hunger in our beloved Country. Really things are tough we can’t deny that. But as per ur suggestion and as our Leader my Request is if U can demostrate to the Nation on how One can survive on ur proposed solution. If it can start with U publicly at least for a week then We can follow the leader. I think that would be great. Please Mr President consider my request. I thank U before hand.

  7. A Kaliat mungowauza abwanawo azazitse muma admark mbewa ndi ziwala tizikagula mumalo mwa chimanga. Mzanga Debra Kalisinjilo ndakumvetsetsa koma uyambe wawalangiza madalawa not to insult his boss Malawians who put him on that chair. Bwanji mumasamala kunyozedwa kwa mumozi mumalo mosamala kunyozedwa kwa ambiri. Akuzitemberera azamva kuwawa akazachoka pampando akapanda kusiya munyozo. mau aakulu amakoma akagonela. Muzaziona.

  8. Ndipo zakwanadi man ndikanadziwa yanga vote man wa sakanaipeza ai wadya yomweyo tiwonana mtsogolomu ifika ndithu ndimafuna ndisadzavoteso koma ndidzavota mosemphana ndi nkhope ya mkuluyu

  9. I have learnt one thing in life, if u see your husband coming and u say” there comes my Dog” before your friends, the next day, your friends upon seeing your man coming they will tell you ” there comes your Dog”..the guy spoke really bad, unconciously, koma lets avoid calling insulting names, taonani anthu ena oti samalawi ayamba ku commenta nawo zonyoza, mpaka Fuck your leader,…even if your father doesnt provide food for the family i guess its not right to insult him, ungave bwanji wina akukunena kuti Fuck your father? what if we find better words of saying this than using words like chitsiru?, for the time being, he is our leader, the christians book says respect “your leaders”, with no condition attached. Kozani kayankhulidwe a malawi..and Mr President that was not a good Joke..we dont joke on realities

  10. Guys stop praising these selfish politicians ,they need u on elections only ,but u wasting your time singing ,dancing & even telling u to do crime,stop praising them

  11. This leader will cause people to sin. God forgive us for any bad word said against Malawian leader. Even his advisors are interested only for their lives.
    Lord God hear our pray.

  12. Professor Arther Peter Muthalika Mzimu Wako Uuse Mmavuto. That speech Will Kill You Believe Me. No Sense unkabela mavoti kut uzidzatnyoza amphawife. You will never have peace cause of this

  13. Amalawi sankhani mbadwa yomwe yakulira mudzikomuno enafe tilikunja tikudya majikisi umpha sitikuziwa,mau akamuzu ndi nkhondo matipate

  14. eeh tyen tngolimba mtima.. Coz kut tyang’ane za munthu tgwa mmayesero. Kma chimene mungaziwe n’chot ngakhale abwanawo akulankhula motero sikut angadye mbewa kapena zombe.. Akadaziwa kut ndifenso chilengedwe cha Mulungu, mwina sakanalankhula koma pot saziwa, tyen tikhululuke ngakhale ali mau owawa kwa ife amphawi. Kma kubwezera nd kwa Yehova ife tilibe mphamvu zobwezera..

  15. Ukakhala pa nsana pa njovu nsamati kulibe mame,bvuto lakusadziwa chichewa ndilimenelo umangolankhula chilichonse ndichotukwana chomwe,komanso zikuoneka kuti our presdent is somehow abnormal imagine munthu satha kulankhula do you think brain yake ili active? i doubt.

  16. Palibe nkhani APA don’t make a political milage out of this. Njala inayamba liti? Nkoyamba Malawi kuhlkhala ndinjala? Muutinyasa Nazo izi tazikambani za tsiku lomaliza muzapita kuti? Paradise or hell?

  17. A Malawi kusanva tinakuuzani Kuti uyu ndi mathanyula inu kaka ndiye izi akuti muzidya mbewa waiwala Kuti Edna samadya mbewa

  18. Ndinaona kale kuti sogoleli ameneyi sanga mthandize malawi ine ndina nthawa kale kale dziko la malawi ndimakhala maiko aeni pano kani zake ngati zimenezo ndikaza mabwera ndizabwera kuzagumula malawi zikuchuluka zochitika

  19. Better Kaliati wouldn’t have commented. She making things worse than Peter. She better keep quiet. Who doesn’t know how to joke and even the other people are also joking.

  20. amene mukumunyoza mtsogoleri wathuyi okondekayi musaiwaile kuti ndinuamene munamvotela ndiye musalire tiyenazoni ndi unkhutukumve wanuwu makape

  21. Zoona,,,,ndinayesa mbwewa kudyera zitete,,,,, siziri bwimo,,,, ndadwalika nazo,,,,, ndikusanzapo zonse,,,,,, kaya tizidya bwanji????,,,,,, tandiuzeni nzanune!!!

  22. Amalawi tiyembekeze kukumana ndi mavuto kuyambira end of july.bcoz atsogoleri athu akuwoneka kt chidwi chothandiza amalawi palibe.KODI MUNTHU AZIDYA MBEWA NDE MPHAKA AKUDYA CHANI?

  23. Speech ya President kukhara ngat wosaganiza bwanji,boraso mwana waku Nursery ooxl angarankhureko zanzeru,Bwanji osangomvomereza kt boma lakukanikani,paja mphechepeche mwanjomvu salowamo kawiri,ndiye ndi izi Muntharika administration hopeless,

  24. Wanjalawe usove ndi abale ako,mulowe mnthirira else mungofa lazy bones chifukwa three yrs mukungonyoza simutha. Tizamuvoteramso kachikena munye kumene

  25. Mwanenepa nayo misonkho yoperekedwa ndi anthu osauka,,,,,,, eniake akugona ndi njala,,,,, mwayera nayo,,,,,, a Vuwa Kaunda and other presidential advisors,,,,, do u do yo work of advising the bwana,,,,,?? Can this be a president s speech,,,,, zidyani mbewa ndi zitete????

  26. Matembelero kwainu mukumuikila kumbuyo mkuluyi dziko iliyonse imakambapo zanjala imene ili m’malawi koma iye munthu okhala president angamakambe zakuthakoza usatanic kapena chimakhala kuti mulungu adakuweluzani kale bwanji? nkhani yovetsa chisoni kwambili kwaife aphawife

  27. Watiwonjeza kaya ndikukalamba kaya chani! Mugabe aliko ndinzeru olo aliwamukulu kwambiri. Mbewa ndiziwala? Chimanga muma ADMARC akugulira anthu ena.

  28. Eti nkhani iyi mpaka ma newspaper akuno ku South Africa ayilembanso,alangizi a president simuli serious,zoona speech ya president ingakhale imeneyo,kudya mbewa ndi ziwala#i blame alangizi apresident

  29. Zakudya, Zovala, Galimoto, Mafuta,etc.. Zonse Ndi Misonkho Ya Anthu Ndiye Adziwa Bwanji Kuti Ena Akugona Ndi Njala?
    K150million Anagula Toilet Ija Ikanakhala Yake Akanadziwa Kuti Anthu Akuvutika.

  30. I like the stories and am sorry for Malawian whose leader thinks their cry is a joke! I, however, am not very comfortable with the nude pix between srtry and comments. I don’t u to lose me!

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