State House talks tough over long presidential convoy claims

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State House has hit hard on the media following reports that Malawi President Peter Mutharika uses more than twenty vehicles on the presidential convoy.

In a press statement signed by presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalirani, the State House has blasted Daily Times over its editorial of Friday, 27 January 2016 which the presidency believes was tailored to blindfold the public into believing that the number of vehicles on the president’s motorcade is so long that government’s austerity measures are not working.

Peter Mutharika

Peter Mutharika’s motorcade causes stir.

The statement said the president’s convoy cannot be described as “20 plus” by any media institution that cares about truth.

“The President’s current convoy is often 12 vehicles. The standard convoy constitutes the President’s vehicle and its backup vehicle. There has to be a mobile clinic with medical equipment and nurses, a doctor’s vehicle, one vehicle for mechanics and the rest are security vehicles. However, the yellow journalism of Times tried to magnify this modest dozen-car convoy for an entire Head of State into hyperbolic imaginations simply to create hate in the hearts of Malawians,” reads part of the statement.

Kalirani further warned that Malawians are not interested in the campaign of hate and lies which Times is waging for its political masters and mistresses.

He said a media house of its professional integrity should have cared to know that the president’s convoy is not a new fleet. He continued saying that three quarters of the vehicles were bought in the Bingu wa Mutharika era and were used by former President Joyce Banda as well.

Kalirani also claimed that one of the vehicles, a Land Rover platform, comes all the way from Kamuzu Banda’s motorcade.

“It also beats reason and logic how Times is calculating ministers’ and other officials’ vehicles into the President’s convoy. “Malawians fully well understand that ministers’ and other officials’ vehicles that often travel in advance of the convoy cannot be suggested to be part of the President’s motorcade.

“In any case, Times should wake up from its ignorance and realize that there shall never be a time when a Head of State can attend a national function alone,” said Kalirani in the statement.

Kalirani also claimed that government believes Malawians deserve truth and that the political media strategy being pursued by Times must never be peddled by feeding the public with fabrications.

“If Times wants to continue playing politics more than practicing journalism, let it be politics based on truth,” he said.

The presidential spokesperson added that Malawians appreciate that government’s austerity measures have worked in surviving the economy from a K536 billion deficit inherited in 2014, and through two years of natural disasters without donor budgetary support.

He said: “There has never been a government driven by austerity measures more than that of President Peter Mutharika.”

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  1. Malawi ali good kulonjeza ndikupanga malamulo koma kukwaniritsa zero.
    So let’s take patients & dead bodies to the state house. Mwina aķatimva.!!!!!!!

  2. Kuli kanthu ku Stae House Press department always defending how r u defending K577 billion mukama typa ma press release do u hav cautius ya munthu wakumudzi wa ku Malawi emwe sangwakwanitse kupeza 1dollar a day?

  3. Nsanje yakuĺa in malawi but remember we don’t have ccvtv for security purposes mind u this is president mulemekezeni çhonde a Malawi tisayambe ndine.

  4. A MCP tiyeni nayo nkhaniyi, Mutharika akutimvetsa kuwawa uyu, I doubt ngati mbuzi yathuyi izamuchotse, I can see Peter landsliding

  5. Kukura kwa convoy sinkhani,koma kayendesedwe kaziko,olo atachepesa convoy kut galimoto ikhale imoz sizi ngasithe kanthu chachikulu apa pakufunika usogoleri wabwino kut malawi atukuke

  6. yoooo sure its there time to eat ….. my friend ,,,,,even if it is me i will guck all the ministers wife wife icluding akwen to show them am very ritch,,,,, hah ha ha let him even use 100 cars on his convoy he is aritchman with your tax mane ndot cry my friends

  7. ndalama zomwe amaba anyani amenewa ndizochoka mmatumba amphawi zikadakhala zochoka kumigodi yagolidi ndithudi itabuka nkhondo muno marebels atayambika ndipo mkadakhala oyambirira kukhala gulu lama rebels

  8. @David Mafupa,Inunso muyenera kusiyanisa economy ya maiko enawo ndi Malawi. Malawi is one of the poorest country. And most of the countries who uses the long convoy are those whose leaders have got Dedictatorship mentality eg Uganda ,Swaziland and Zim

  9. If i will b a president,i wil use 50 expnsive cars {K185,000,000each},12 hericopters,70 police cars,25 MDF TATAs,200 bodyguards,10 Inspector Generals?400 police officers,300 Military soldiers,70 cabinet ministers,520 members of parliament on every presidential rallies.

  10. HIRE IN SOUTH AFLICA alibe vuto ndi galimoto za nsogoleli wao amatuta anthu maboma ose nsonkhano umodzi komanso wa mamins koma sinnanvepo phokoso ngati ili mmmmh

  11. What if we had 2 or 3 Jets flying above the Convoy???. Why doesn’t Malawi24 & Nyasa Times come under one roof & renamed Malawi Nyasa Opposition Times 24 cos it’s now more than clear that they are nolonger Media Houses to serve Malawi. It’s a must for every President’s security especially in a Country like Malawi where we have a desperate Opposition who never accept defeat at the Polls for a full 5 year term & what if they lost to the Opposition.

  12. In malawi we are very very lucky bcz we have a govt which is quick to act BUT UNFORTUNATELY is only acting on media reports and oppositions. If it acts so quick on electricity/water/ hunger/ health etc problems, we could have developed big time within these 2 past years

  13. The problem is extravagance to the side of the government, the government fails to pay for basic things like medicine in hospitals saying there is no money, but spends money on trivial things like appeasement, trips for three admarc officials to America

  14. It started long tym the question iz wy complaining now?Malawians ar used to see more vehicles on president convoy while if they go to the hospital they wil find no ambulance to carry patients from that particular hospital or clinic to wher the proper treatment iz suppoz to take place.

  15. All means nothing in protecting this maniac king. Even if he can walk naked from state house no one can harm him honestly. He is of no value at all. Care little about him Malawians’. Whether he uses a million motor cade, will yield and change nothing. I regret why God created him for us??? A total waste of our time just like all around him.

  16. Koma APM mumamupezera sure,Convoy yayamba lero?, ikanakhala nthawi ya MCP bwezi atakusowetsani,and akanakhala Bakili akanangotukwanani ,walakwa APM kukhala ofasa? Simunati

  17. kod alpo amene angapange against nd boma?tiyamba kuona inu kt galmoto zachulu kma amalawi muziwe izi ife tili ngt okwezedwa Bus sitingalamulre driver…kod ndalama mut akuononga akumakupisan matumba mwanu kod njala yabwla cfkwa cha galimotozo?kma mankhwala atha cz of galmoto munthu okuda albe pabwn

  18. World is unfair kuzipatala kulibe ma ambulance onyamula matenda komanso maliro koma uyo mukuti president yo ku state house kuli magalimoto oposa 200 okwera munthu mmodzi ndi chibwenzi chake chikhalirecho akuti adavoteredwa ndi anthu awo anyozedwa lerowa ponyamula maliro kunsana kaamba kosowa ma ambulance, koma andale musamale mukaponyedwa nazo mu ng’anjo ya moto wa jahena

  19. If you wanna be rich in Malawi you must get into politics and join a ruling party. Doesn’t matter which party rulling at the time.You’ll be an instant $millionaire…

  20. THEY GO IN OFFICE TO FEEL SUPERIOR NOT TO DO ANYTHING FOR THE COUNTRY
    THESE ARE THE WORST FIRM OF HUMAN LIFE

  21. Singasinthe kanthu ugalu kupanda umunthu kuzikonda ndokwakukulu agaluwa mukamalankhula kudzudzula mumakhala ngati mukuwaseteka kunyerera siziwakhuza palibe ndi milungu ,ndichifukwa maiko achisilamu munthu akakhala osamva ozikonda amangomuthila Sniper asanyase mopitilila. ku Malawi pano aliyese kuyambila ma MP palibe chanzeru ndibwino kungosiya ku Vota kuti muonetsetse atsogoleliwa Oonekako bwino Chilima .Gondwe. Mthalika .Chaponda zinkhope ngati choluma.ndipake nkhanza kuipa nkhope ndi mtima Mulungu angoweluza basi

  22. That’s poor people.. DO THE PRESIDENT OR ANY OFFICIAL FROM RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD GO DOWN THE ROAD WITH SUCH A CONVOY OR
    MAKE NOISE SO PEOPLE SHOULD LOOK!. Uneducated primitive ways!.. DISGUSTING

  23. inu kodi zayamba lero izi?ine siwa DPP ayi ,and sindidzakhalanso ayi,koma zodandaula zinazi kumaziona ,inu mukuganiza kuti pa mdipiti wa prezdent pangakhale magalimoto atatu ngati pa chinkhoswe cha kawalala zoona?sakukhonzadi mu zina koma sikuti titengelepo mwayi omadandaula zilizonse,”Bwanji kodi?

  24. Despite kuwononga money,and kuyika ndale pambali,mditipi waukulu umabebetsa ulendo wapulesidenti.kuno kumudzi tikamva president akudutsa timathamangira kumsewu,kukawona convoy ya president,kumva kukoma akakhala president wachipani chathu,and kumva kuwawa akakhala president wachipani china.

  25. They have been trying and trying to find reasons but They have failed. Kenakoso azizati ma blankets achulukitsa pa bed ya president. komaso akumasinthidwa pafupi pafupi zikuononda ndalama za boma. Iiiiiih! Koma Malawi ineeeee!

  26. Here in Botswana Ian Khama travels with two vehicles and two police escort bikes, and you wonder why they are doing better than us.

  27. Timadziwa kuti mumafuna mutamugwira ndikukamutayaxo mu SHIRE RIVER atamayenda pa mdipiti wochepa! Wonjezerani zifike pa 200 zimuwawe apite ku immigration akakozetse passport wautali kuthawako kuno! Musadati especially NG’ONA PARTY!!

  28. Mdipiti tidayambira kuuona kalekale Achina Mutharika asanayambe kulamulira.Kudalipo ndikuyamikila muvekere: “eeeeeee boma ndimachine,njale zosenzi?”. Bwanji nthawi imene ija simunkayankhula yet democracy inaliposo?

  29. It’s true what the media says.I laughed when I saw the President’s convoy in Malawi.It was the longest I’ve ever seen.The Malawi government’s priority is twisted.Whether you talk about DPP or PP it’s the same…

  30. Mumamva bwanji mukamatidikililisa pa msewu kwa phindi zosaposela 30 kuti mudutse ndi zigalimoto zanu zikuluzikulu zapa convony azanufe tikuthamangira kuchipatala cha mission popeza chaboma kulibe mankhwala. Kunena mosabisa galu uyu ontchedwa mutharika akuononga ndalama zaboma heavy. While mzika zadziko lino zikufa ndi njala kuzipatala kulibe mankhwala