24 August 2016 Last updated at: 8:09 AM
Mutharika’s government has become stubborn
It might be a trait of the Mutharika leadership style but the government of Peter Mutharika is being accused of becoming stubborn, more like that of his brother.
One of the country’s human rights activists has accused President Peter Mutharika’s administration of being stubborn and failing to listen to dissenting views.
The activist, Timothy Mtambo of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) was speaking following Mutharika’s verbal war with Kamlepo Kalua over the former’s failure to fire cabinet ministers involved in a multi-billion Kwacha corruption scandal.
Mtambo said the current leadership is failing to demonstrate an example of good leadership and has stopped being accountable to its citizens.
He further wondered why a leader of the country could not hold his temper and goes exchanging words with critics as Mutharika did recently.
“You can see a lot of governance challenges for the meantime. Accountability is one of the serious challenges the government is facing right now. For example you can see that some government institutions which got introduced to promote good governance are highly compromised for instance the Anti-corruption bureau,” said Mtambo.
He then condemned several incidents that have happened this year, saying they show that the current government is not listening and added that it seems there is no democracy in Malawi.
“The whole issue of students being arrested, death threats, the arresting of activists in the North as they were having a vigil and the most recent attacks on Kamlepo Kalua, all these shows that things are not working with the government,” added Mtambo.
The activist also urged all Malawians not to accept someone to take them to the back ages, saying they have to enjoy the democracy which they fought for in the 1990s.