20 August 2016 Last updated at: 8:09 AM
Hold your anger Mr President, Mutharika told
He is just like any human being who gets angry when attacked but Malawi President Mutharika needs to hold anger when speaking in public, an analyst has said.
This follows the recent venom the Malawi leader public spat on vocal Kamlepo Kalua who asked for his head over the recent row involving serving cabinet Ministers whom the Rumphi East lawmaker claims stole money amounting to K236 billion.
The legislator made the claims after reading 13 files of a forensic audit report covering the period from 2009 to December 2014. The files are now in the hands of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) now.
But this has not pleased Mutharika.
When he spoke at the official opening of Sugar factory in Salima on Monday, Mutharika said Kalua should submit the names of cabinet ministers who are said to have stolen money from the public purse within 24 hours.
He further cautioned Kalua to “shut up” his mouth if he knows he has no evidence about ministers whom he claimed stole money from public coffers.
But in an email response to Malawi24 on Friday, Lilongwe based political analyst Laudon Malingamoyo Phiri said the President needed not to take to the podium to speak on this matter.
He argued that Mutharika should have cleared Malawians on the matter instead of turning his ire on Kalua.
‘‘That is, he would just have said that the matter is under investigation and Malawians will know the truth sooner or later and he will decisively take action when the whole matter has come to public if any of his cabinet would be implicated,” said Malingamoyo Phiri.
On what the whole issue means to Malawi Malingamoyo said: “We have a long way to go as both governance and economic issues are concerned in Malawi. There is no doubt in my mind many politicians are practicing politics of revenge.
‘’Not good for the country. The plundering of public funds is one of the longest standing enemy of economic turnaround for our beautiful Malawi. This vice is a great setback for trust of voters in the country too,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa has said there is no truth in reports that some ministers were involved in the K236 billion theft at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.
According to the Auditor General, not even any government office and official has been implicated in the files.