‘Malawi President is the worst hyena than Aniva: Mutharika is promoting child pornography’

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Malawi president Peter Mutharika has come under fire for being a patron of a cultural group that promotes practices that have been described as constituting child pornography and child sexual abuse likened to the conduct by Eric Aniva, the self-confessed HIV-positive ‘hyena’ who was having sex with girls as young as 12.

Peter Mutharika

Mutharika accused of supporting reed dance

One of Malawi’s renowned writers said Mutharika’s order to have Aniva charged of defilement is baffling because the president supports the reed dance by Mulhako wa Alhomwe, a cultural grouping that the president serves as a patron.

“Despite being a patron of Mulhako wa Alhomwe, Mutharika has never opposed the reed dance in which children and young people are forced to dance with their bare breasts. That is not only indecent exposure, but it is child pornography in accordance with international laws. As the professor of law, Mutharika knows this.”

The writer said, like Eric Aniva’s cultural practice that has seen him sleep with girls during initiation ceremonies, “The mulhako wa alhomwe’s reed dance has historically been used to sell and market these innocent children as mature for sex or marriage. This is why you have gondolosi (local Viagra) being sold at the at the mulhako festival. This is the same charm that Aniva said he takes before sleeping with the girls. The connection is just enormous.”

The commentator who pleaded with the publication not to be named over fears that he could be persecuted by the current administration if he were identified told Malawi24 that it’s baffling that Mutharika condones such a practice while portraying himself as a saint to have Aniva nabbed.

Girls are forced to bare their breasts at Mulhakho

Girls are forced to bare their breasts at Mulhakho

“May be President Mutharika is also waiting for the BBC to describe the reed dance as child pornography. If you defend the reed dance as a culture, then since Aniva also sleeps with children and other young girls in the name of culture, maybe he should be released without any charge. If not, Mutharika should also be charged for being an accomplice who has attended events that embrace child pornography. If you say those girls who dance are not forced to bare their breasts at such events, then you should also know that the girls Aniva slept with were not forced but knew that it was expected of to have sex with that man by their culture as a sign of coming of age,” he said.

He concluded by describing Mutharika as a hyena: “In my opinion, I consider Mutharika as the worst hyena than Aniva. Not only is APM (Mutharika) the president who is supposed to ensure that children are protected but he is also the professor of law who is well aware that this dance is child pornography because the president know child sexual abuse does not always entail penetrative sex. May be next time we have Mulhako wa Alhomwe, the President should allow First Lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika to bare her breasts and dance with Hon. Atupele Muluzi, can you see the irony,” he posed in reference to an image that showed someone who looks like Atupele Muluzi dancing with an under aged girl.

The reed dance is practiced among the Ngoni in Central and Northern region. Other tribes in Malawi practice either chokolo, kulowa kufa, or mitala (polygamy).

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  1. Where are the morals, are you people going to nurse these girls when they succumbed to HIV and its killer opportunistic conditions. Its sad that you call this culture. This is called fornication, child abuse and molestation. The man is also in danger of urethral damage and clamidias. God created sex to be enjoyed by married people in the privacy of their homes. We can pretend to blame culture if the culture is toxic, do we have to do it, then why have we done away with these other practises that kill people. Sad for the kids, no future, no life. Pray for them.

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  3. Let’s be realistic…our culture on its own has weaknesses, period…On my side the guy didnt do anything wrong. Its the fact that he is HIV positive that is making the story even bigger. Let’s look at the facts, there are a lot of individuals to be held accountable here. 1st the parents, 2nd the traditional leaders definately they knew wat was happening, 3rd the anamkungwizis and lastly believe you me there are organizations claiming they fight for the girl child but clearly they are just pocketing whatever funding they get. Our culture is the biggest culprit here….but one thing we ought to know is we can’t just abolish the whole culture thing…every nation is built at that…xa a presidentzo sizikugwilizana..because even if you look at some of the problems we have today its because somehow culturally we failed..charity begins at home. Ana omwe akuba mtaunimu its because mmakwawo sanaleledwe bwino.#Blessings I totally agree with you…these are my views it doesn’t mean wina alimbane nane APA..ulemu ndiofunika

  4. Hi Malawians me as a white South African love the Malawian people.Dont put bad publicity to other forces as it cld damage Malawi you people are very loved in R.S.A.
    Specially by whites.

  5. Zokuwawani ndiza mulakho wa alomwezo,inu chikhalidwe chanu ndichiti? mukuyesa mungathese mulakho wa alomwe ?hehe ife kwanthu zonyenga ana kulibe mwina zikhalidwe zanu zomwe sitimaziziwazo chifukwa alomwe sajandula olo kusasa fumbi zimenezi munfuse JB ngati alipo.

  6. Pali nkhani ziwiri zomwe zandimvetsachisoni tamverani;BBC pofuna kutsimikiza zamwambo wachimalawi wa fisi,anapemphaumboni kwa mkuluyu ndipo mkuluyu popeza ndi chikhalidwe anamasukadi.Zodiak ina ulutsa za chipatala chomwe mkulu wina amathandiza anthu powachotsamano anthu onsewa amangidwa,kodi amedia asanduka aCID? ndazindikira kuti palibe mphotho padziko pano ukanena zoona!

  7. Surprising, !! Fisi culture has been there since Independence. It’s stupid for Chief like Malemia to pretend he didn’t know about Aniva issue, when these hyenas practices have been done under his watch, Aniva was being hired by parents with the consents of the Chiefs. If anything it’s the parents and chiefs who should be arrested for allowing hyena practices under their Watch.

  8. This is just ignorance of Malawians,there is nothing wrong for the presindent to promot cultural practise,most of the malawians they dont know about their catural tribes,you can be a Lomwe but failing to speak lomwe, aSena failing to speak Sena,what a shame! Malawians just aguing things wchich are important just because of umbuli,keep on the Presindent.nanunso amtolankhani mongolemba zongotsutsa basi tadziyesani kulembako zothandiza. A Malawi tiyeni tidziyenda tiwone anzathu amasunga bwanji dzikhalidwe zamakolo,ndi mtundu womwe akuchokela,umbuli basi ndiwakula ndimtundu wachimalawi.

  9. This is just ignorance of Malawians,there is nothing wrong for the presindent to promot cultural practise,most of the malawians they dont know about their catural tribes,you can be a Lomwe but failing to speak lomwe, aSena failing to speak Sena,what a shame! Malawians just aguing things wchich are important just because of umbuli,keep on the Presindent.nanunso amtolankhani mongolemba zongotsutsa basi tadziyesani kulembako zothandiza. A Malawi tiyeni tidziyenda tiwone anzathu amasunga bwanji dzikhalidwe zamakolo,ndi mtundu womwe akuchokela,umbuli basi ndiwakula ndimtundu wachimalawi.

  10. There is some sense in the article ,we all respect our culture…even the Egytians had there cultural day hre in Malawi,mulhakho wa alomwe do have theirs in Oct or november where we see young girls parading mabare pa mtunda and i believe palibe mwana wa minister amapezeka pamenepaja kumationse mabere opanda kamisolo… Aniva nayeso amapanga zachikhalidwre chake osazawa the implications,we all know that we are supposed to keep our cultural heritage hence we have Mpale cultural village sponsored by malawi government and the mulhakho wa alhomwe.So its very unfortunate to arrest Aniva yet we are accepting the Gay and lesbian culturals which are also morally wrong

  11. There is some sense in the article ,we all respect our culture…even the Egytians had there cultural day hre in Malawi,mulhakho wa alomwe do have theirs in Oct or november where we see young girls parading mabare pa mtunda and i believe palibe mwana wa minister amapezeka pamenepaja kumationse mabere opanda kamisolo… Aniva nayeso amapanga zachikhalidwre chake osazawa the implications,we all know that we are supposed to keep our cultural heritage hence we have Mpale cultural village sponsored by malawi government and the mulhakho wa alhomwe.So its very unfortunate to arrest Aniva yet we are accepting the Gay and lesbian culturals which are also morally wrong

  12. The fact is aniva is a hyena not our president coz aniva knows very well that he is hiv positive and still do his dirty job,but it was not wrong for sena people to to do their cultural values. You people please do not be against sena culture every tribe in the world got their own practices of cultural values full stop.

  13. I am surprised with Mr Namahiya’s comment. It is obvious that Namahiya does not know that Aniva’s story was first aired by Times Tv more than 3months ago. Why did Peter Mutharika not react at that time? That is what is puzzling many Malawians. There are many cultural practices that are promoting the spread of hiv such as polygamy. There is need for a holistic approach to this problem. I agree that some of the Lomwe cultural practices such young girls dancing topless are bad and should be banned.

  14. Wanyeru amaphunzira ngakhale pa mavuto a ena. Ndimafuna kukakwatila ku Nsanje, Aniva wandiziwisa Asena ndi auve pa dongosolo lawo ndi atsikana

  15. Amalawi ena we are so shameful and full of adisgrace…Anywhere inthe world The president has the power to issue any order wht so ever…… mbuzi yoyamba ndi imene inatumiza nkhani ya ku nsanje ku BBC…. not knowing that pamene ukuchititsa manyazi bambo wa ku nsanje ukuyalutsa amuna onse mmalawi muno as if we are all hynas and that include u fools calling urselves atolankhani…..Be informed that u are serving the wrong master! We are ready to shame u come 2019… If u think u are destroying the reputation of the president but inthe end u are making his supporters more that u fools can imagine…… There is no way u can compare head of state to hyna man of the lowershire….. Whtever…. He is president for u, ur parents, grand parents, ur tribe, ur party, ur church… and most importantly he will continue to be so because no one seem to be ready to defeat him in 2019 .. SHAME ON U!!!!

    • That is his opinion that he as well as you are able to share on this paper. What you you should know is that a president is not a god to everyone, so he can be reffered to anything according to their own opinion. Showing breast is part of the lomwes cultural dance, to some one is a non starter but thats their wish! In Nsanje they all know that they need a hyena for their baby girls, that is their culture still though my opinion differers to all of them. If you ask me l would say arrest them all who are entertaining these scenes that is including the president. But that is my opinion, so let everyone speak out without fear since it is just their opinions!

  16. #Francis u r talking.they attacking de person wat abour de marpractice????.
    They should deal with de practice otherwise de problem ll not come to sn end.

  17. The cultural group came into existence while the president was in US I guess.its his elder brother who saw the significance of having cultural identity so don’t accuse the president.

  18. Poor MALAWIANS,why are u still urguing for something u realy know as CULTURE??
    Every NATION,has its own sect as per CULTURE,n TRADITION.
    Wakeup MALAWIANS,think positive TRADITIONS&CULTURE,is here it exist,it was there before you and me.

  19. Typical of Malawian journalists. Always politicizing things and playing blame games while your friends are doing the real work. May I ask the significance of this article.?Keep on doing your dirty work ife tizidikira a BBC azitisakira nkhani zaphindu

    • Malawi is so poor in journalism, they like creating lies! They add something on any news so that it can bring negative minds to the people, we are tired of this! Let’s put our country on world map with positive ideas!

  20. People are talking of respecting the president, yes i agree. But don’t you think that the president ought to respect those innocent young girls too? Let’s assume that amongst those bare breast girls, there was his daughter, would the president feel comfortable! Would he like it? I think its time to overhaul our bad cultural practices from Nsanje to Chitipa.

  21. Why do u people hate the lhomwe people,,do u even know what it means by mlakho Wa alhomwe,,its chikhalidwe chaalomwe and u talk all sorts of things,,,atumbuka alibe mwambo wawoomwe amapanga nd girl kumayenda mabere pamtunda???? Do u say bad about em,,,angoti alibe mwambo wawo womwe amapanga,,,dont girl do the same,,,whats wrong with u people,,,penapake ma reporter nu mumawonjeza,,instead of doing ur job u owez bring division,,,get a life and do ur job proffesionally

    • Vuto ndilokuti iyeyu pitalayu akumanga chim’dala chikunyenga tiwanachi, nanga poti iwowanso ndi culture yawo ndemuti chani apa? Aniva angomangidwa cas sanawauze makolo a wanawa ali ndi edzi. Koma mbali yochinda wanayo ayisiye chifukwa anali ndi consent ya makolo ,komanso iyeyo imakhala contract yochindayo.If anything oyenela kumangidwa ndi opeleka contract yo osati wantchito. Yakula ndi msanje poti chi m’dalachi chikuchinda ti ma virgin sinanga enafe timapeza awana kale. …..inenso ndikufuna fisi ndine virgin wa zaka 30, akhala aniva akomzekele kondomu koma kwaoti sanalumidwe ndi chakuda puleni. Email me please

  22. Guyz respect z needed.President being #1 citizen carries weight for we all regardless our cultural values&differences.so malawi 24 u r taking things beyond

  23. He was a hyna before active politics. Now is the head of state and married. But has experience in hynaism philosophy.

  24. Remember this is Malawi president … Don’t post things like this with pictures of your leader… Please we should some times…need to have respect for our leaders..

    • Am not talking about spade ..this is not a platform for correction …you only write things you will wish you never did. …. And before this time you never write some thing like this
      … I think if you guys want to write on this issue… Better write about the whole culture it self…not on president …he is still the head as long aa malawi is concern… Sir.

  25. ANIVA was just discharging his RACE HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS.There is no criminal conducts as weighed by THE NATIVE ROYAL SUPERIOR GOVERNING COUNCIL JUSTICE ESTABLISHMENT.But the invasions of colonial courts and the oppresive colonial constitution,and their COLONIAL HUMAN RIGHTS NGS ARE destroying us and our cultures.

  26. Malawi24, are u doing all this in the name of freedom of of expression or u hv reasons behind this article? Are u aware that freedom has its responsibilities?

    • William my classmate, remember old chichewa textbook. Its only civilization that dirtens our culture, but this fisiculture is real and unique.

  27. wat r u saying here,just symbolises that other tribes are hunting for lhomwe maybe bcos of its superiority over others below.’koma ife tilibe problem’

  28. Kkkkk BIG hyena kAkakakaka. Ndakomoka. Ndi kakakakaka. Koma pitala zokhazi nde kukokomeza koma za fees ya ana a sukulu nde kuli xiiiii. Isee ur BIG hyena!!!

  29. Mutharika should put to rest the cultural practice itself not ordering the arrest of a man who was only providing a cultural service to his kinsmen.The acts of Aniva had the blessing of both parents and chiefs of his area,gaining popularity over the arrest of the vulnerable Aniva won’t help matters at all.

  30. So you brought the whole story to defend that nsanje big hyena ? We heard your opinion but u lost the point my bru . that fisi wakunsanje won’t come out . n from now he got no right of bail kkkkkk

  31. Thats the world I knw if u hav no money people will call u hyena bt if u’re rich its a different story,God will soon punish the earth.

  32. we may defend the above article ….but the writer has a point here …let us arrest the culture itself NOT the so called Aniva …mind you all the elders including the chiefs know and encourage this acts. kufikana ponena yekha Aniva zikusonyezeratu kuti kwa iye amayesa ndi udolo.

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