Mutharika warns Malawians over social media use

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President Peter Mutharika has warned social media users that his government will not allow them to turn Malawi into a society of anarchy.

Mutharika made the remarks at Kamuzu palace in Lilongwe during a briefing on Fibre Project that is expected to improve internet services in the country.

The president urged every Malawian to use social media with sense of patriotism, integrity and responsibility.

Peter Mutharika

Mutharika issues stern warning on social media use.

“Social media and internet must not and should never use as a tool for insulting one another and committing criminal acts. Let’s not abandon our Malawian Umunthu just because we can speak without being seen. Connectivity doesn’t mean Malawi must become the society of online anarchy. That I will not allow,” He added.

The Malawi leader further warned all people who misuse internet that they will face the long arm of the law saying no one will be able to hide.

“The time for those who think they can commit cybercrimes and get away with is now over. Use your Facebook and WhatsApp with responsibility. We now have a law to make online criminals pay for their crimes. If you think you can hide, I say to you that you will no longer escape because we now have the means to do so,” Mutharika stressed.
He further urged Malawians to use social media sites to develop the country adding that that social media is a tool for economic and political empowerment if used responsibly.

Speaking at the same function Malawi Information Minister Nicholas Dausi said that the coming of the project will improve a lot of services that depend on internet accessibility.

“The project is expected to achieve among others Electronic Learning, Electronic Banking and Electronic Health,” Dausi said.

The project is expected to be launched on 26 April at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe and is likely to improve internet speed countrywide.

A company from China is expected to do the work with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) as an implementing company.

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  1. The more you delay to take an action on what others are criticizing you, it simply shows how stupidity that particular leader is. as a result, u start blaming on katundu amene anthu anam’peza movutikira. these are our own phones. timamangirira tekha pa solar. nde bwanji?

  2. The more you delay to take an action on what others are criticizing you, it simply shows how stupidity that particular leader is. as a result, u start blaming on katundu amene anthu anam’peza movutikira. these are our own phones. timamangirira tekha pa solar. nde bwanji?

  3. The more you delay to take an action on what others are criticizing you, it simply shows how stupidity that particular leader is. as a result, u start blaming on katundu amene anthu anam’peza movutikira. these are our own phones. timamangirira tekha pa solar. nde bwanji?

  4. The more you delay to take an action on what others are criticizing you, it simply shows how stupidity that particular leader is. as a result, u start blaming on katundu amene anthu anam’peza movutikira. these are our own phones. timamangirira tekha pa solar. nde bwanji?

  5. Haàa is that issue one part of developing this country? Come on these spaces take no barrier as freedom of expressing views of citizens of this country is concerned

  6. Haàa is that issue one part of developing this country? Come on these spaces take no barrier as freedom of expressing views of citizens of this country is concerned

  7. honestly speaking over use of social media can have severe psychological impact on an individual…he is not wrong. Don’t politicise everything guys. As a Father is concerned about his children that is just a heads up call…

  8. honestly speaking over use of social media can have severe psychological impact on an individual…he is not wrong. Don’t politicise everything guys. As a Father is concerned about his children that is just a heads up call…

  9. Thats why l dont lyk politician they jst wnt to play with the mind ov people people.Go to Kenya and China u will find free internet Insted ov uplifting the counrty

  10. Thats why l dont lyk politician they jst wnt to play with the mind ov people people.Go to Kenya and China u will find free internet Insted ov uplifting the counrty

  11. Mr president take a look to our nation most ov the youth are struggling for jobs.Sometimes we just spend much time on social median coz we knw that we cn find a jon.The way ur Talking thats propaganda go to South Africa people are begging Zuma for free Wi-Fi so do you think if people cn stop using sovial media malawi will be much better than South Africa.Its all about creating job opportunity nothing wrong with media

  12. Mr president take a look to our nation most ov the youth are struggling for jobs.Sometimes we just spend much time on social median coz we knw that we cn find a jon.The way ur Talking thats propaganda go to South Africa people are begging Zuma for free Wi-Fi so do you think if people cn stop using sovial media malawi will be much better than South Africa.Its all about creating job opportunity nothing wrong with media

  13. everyone is typing shit. but the president is trying to say that, we waste much time here. instead of doing value adding things. those useless youth are the ones typing kti zikumkani but u r failing to handle ur own life. who is pathetic here? come to think of it. u r becoming lazy day by day. I think fools don’t get him. thank God I spend just 20 min here

  14. everyone is typing shit. but the president is trying to say that, we waste much time here. instead of doing value adding things. those useless youth are the ones typing kti zikumkani but u r failing to handle ur own life. who is pathetic here? come to think of it. u r becoming lazy day by day. I think fools don’t get him. thank God I spend just 20 min here

  15. What suprised you Mr President,…….chimunthu chikuluku lu ngati iwe Peter basi kumatandalira kuwerenga Bengo pa whatsapp nyachi anthu mkumamba chimanga,ndalama osadabwa zimenezo,,,, kagwere uko atidandauleko nda atsogolere amipingo

  16. What suprised you Mr President,…….chimunthu chikuluku lu ngati iwe Peter basi kumatandalira kuwerenga Bengo pa whatsapp nyachi anthu mkumamba chimanga,ndalama osadabwa zimenezo,,,, kagwere uko atidandauleko nda atsogolere amipingo

  17. He is worried of stupid things instead worrying how he gonna find food for poor pipo & many problems we face in Malawi.He is busy talking about social media?Idiot kukamwa

  18. He is worried of stupid things instead worrying how he gonna find food for poor pipo & many problems we face in Malawi.He is busy talking about social media?Idiot kukamwa

  19. Warry not,coz am warried of u too.Y do u play so many games with Malawians?U mast get warried of what ur to do after 2019 elections.U know y?coz u gonna loose.

  20. Warry not,coz am warried of u too.Y do u play so many games with Malawians?U mast get warried of what ur to do after 2019 elections.U know y?coz u gonna loose.

  21. mr president you worry about electrcity water medince hospital schools village no streets bulid new markets were bus can park bus look in to that worry about social media we need streets lights out town

  22. mr president you worry about electrcity water medince hospital schools village no streets bulid new markets were bus can park bus look in to that worry about social media we need streets lights out town

  23. U pple are so funny, why should your boss be worried with pple playing with their phones bought with their own money, why cant he be worried with the current country’s affairs, he isnt a samaritan , Nkasa is wrongly likening him to #Joshual from the bible, surely the man ( Nkasa ) wants something from him. Tell him that pple’s lives must be the priorities, not this facebook, whatssap thing, wont help us

  24. U pple are so funny, why should your boss be worried with pple playing with their phones bought with their own money, why cant he be worried with the current country’s affairs, he isnt a samaritan , Nkasa is wrongly likening him to #Joshual from the bible, surely the man ( Nkasa ) wants something from him. Tell him that pple’s lives must be the priorities, not this facebook, whatssap thing, wont help us

  25. mr president go village you must travel help people in village worry about social media if you tired run country retied from job go america stay we need your help to help our beatifull malawi you are not our leader mr president peter

  26. mr president go village you must travel help people in village worry about social media if you tired run country retied from job go america stay we need your help to help our beatifull malawi you are not our leader mr president peter

  27. mr president you have to put things in right ways you president this is you job we love our country our people are good respect you have help us the problms we have lights water hospital schools no streets lights roads this things you support to worry off not social media mr president

  28. mr president you have to put things in right ways you president this is you job we love our country our people are good respect you have help us the problms we have lights water hospital schools no streets lights roads this things you support to worry off not social media mr president

  29. mwawona ndikamanena kuti DPP zeru paribe so izi imayambisa zosezi ndi Malawi voice mtayiseka imeneyo mwina komaso bwana mizimbe ikurimidwa momuno zowona sugar mpaka k 950 inu muri momuno kodi? kamuzu akatikonda amarowererapo ngati zimenezi katundu ndikusika mwina poti kamuzu sanari ndi project ya cashgate ngati imene boma ra DPP rinakhazikisari mwina mzirimbana ndi zinthu zoti amphawi akhoza kupindura nazo osati paripose kurowesapo ndare ayi tsiku Rina mzarandira unthenga kuti anthu ose asamukira Ku Joni tiwone ngati mungazanene kuti DPP woyeeeeeee !!!!! chonde akondeni amalawi munawapeza ndipo mzawasiya

  30. mwawona ndikamanena kuti DPP zeru paribe so izi imayambisa zosezi ndi Malawi voice mtayiseka imeneyo mwina komaso bwana mizimbe ikurimidwa momuno zowona sugar mpaka k 950 inu muri momuno kodi? kamuzu akatikonda amarowererapo ngati zimenezi katundu ndikusika mwina poti kamuzu sanari ndi project ya cashgate ngati imene boma ra DPP rinakhazikisari mwina mzirimbana ndi zinthu zoti amphawi akhoza kupindura nazo osati paripose kurowesapo ndare ayi tsiku Rina mzarandira unthenga kuti anthu ose asamukira Ku Joni tiwone ngati mungazanene kuti DPP woyeeeeeee !!!!! chonde akondeni amalawi munawapeza ndipo mzawasiya

  31. Mr President, you running a Country of almost dead people where everything comes when the World has done away with it.

  32. Mr President, you running a Country of almost dead people where everything comes when the World has done away with it.

  33. Kma awanso alibe zochita et…has he ever heard of technology and privacy this one.his stupid..ican do wt ever iwant isaaa.try to get worried with real staff mr president isaa

  34. Kma awanso alibe zochita et…has he ever heard of technology and privacy this one.his stupid..ican do wt ever iwant isaaa.try to get worried with real staff mr president isaa

  35. Don’t talk about social media let’s talk about the country kuti likupita kuti.Twitter ,whatsapp, FB comes b4 u.ukufuna kuti tizisekelela zinthu zikamalakwika

  36. Don’t talk about social media let’s talk about the country kuti likupita kuti.Twitter ,whatsapp, FB comes b4 u.ukufuna kuti tizisekelela zinthu zikamalakwika

  37. sitimagwilitsa ntchito phone yaboma,kapena kapena ndalama tinagulira sitinakatenge kwa Honourable chaponda mtima wanu ukhale pa senter 2019 ITOZA

  38. sitimagwilitsa ntchito phone yaboma,kapena kapena ndalama tinagulira sitinakatenge kwa Honourable chaponda mtima wanu ukhale pa senter 2019 ITOZA

  39. Hahaha kodi amkolo muthalika WO akuziwapo chani za bukufesi ndi whassup ….zoti masiku ano tumapanga up date ma stutas 10 paka modzi pa wassup dzimenezi akuziwa .kkkkk ndipo sitisiya mpaka yiyamba Ku download er chimanga chaulele pa bukufesi zakà zubwerazi.

  40. Hahaha kodi amkolo muthalika WO akuziwapo chani za bukufesi ndi whassup ….zoti masiku ano tumapanga up date ma stutas 10 paka modzi pa wassup dzimenezi akuziwa .kkkkk ndipo sitisiya mpaka yiyamba Ku download er chimanga chaulele pa bukufesi zakà zubwerazi.

  41. If that is the case, then I feel sorry for my countrymen at MBC. The day H.E. will listen to MBC, all but drivers will be on unpaid forced leave. These guys are huge contributors of rubbish on social media!

  42. If that is the case, then I feel sorry for my countrymen at MBC. The day H.E. will listen to MBC, all but drivers will be on unpaid forced leave. These guys are huge contributors of rubbish on social media!

  43. Get a free VPN client like Hola on your smartphone or PC. Then you can bypass country restrictions but also then email, social media sites etc get confused. Then it’s like you’re in Malawi but the IP trace shows USA 🙂 freedom of speech is vital!!! However, social media is pretty evil anyway. When I used to have Facebook I kept getting evil perverted messages from random sick people. Real life is better…

  44. mmmm why not blaming MBC radio 1&2 for fake news always,our own taxes every time nkhani ndi ya president ndi unduna basi ndiye zinazo tichezere kuti?

  45. mmmm why not blaming MBC radio 1&2 for fake news always,our own taxes every time nkhani ndi ya president ndi unduna basi ndiye zinazo tichezere kuti?

  46. atawerenga mmene anthu amanyozera Bwana Trump wa kudziko lokemeralo ndiye ife kuno kosaukitsitsa tikati ayi boma laletsa ndiye amnzathu atisekatu

  47. atawerenga mmene anthu amanyozera Bwana Trump wa kudziko lokemeralo ndiye ife kuno kosaukitsitsa tikati ayi boma laletsa ndiye amnzathu atisekatu

  48. mr president you must retied from job go america you fail true speak we need a change to this country malawi is beatiful country you fail to run it

  49. mr president you must retied from job go america you fail true speak we need a change to this country malawi is beatiful country you fail to run it

  50. Mukamabva kt chamba ndiye mcimeneco Mr president. Musabele anthu zocita zawo,, nthawi yoopsezana inantha kale kale ndi Olemekezeka Muluzi. Zikasowa zokamba kulibwino kunkhala chete dan kt uzitiopseza.

  51. facebook whatspp twitter came before you mr president you dont no what you talk if tired go america if have fail run country.why dont look to electricity water problem hospital medince and talk facebook twitter whatspp.you can tax money.just say you have fail to run country what are you talk media

  52. facebook whatspp twitter came before you mr president you dont no what you talk if tired go america if have fail run country.why dont look to electricity water problem hospital medince and talk facebook twitter whatspp.you can tax money.just say you have fail to run country what are you talk media

  53. Guys toooooootse tili Johannesburg tiyeni Titumize ma phone kwa azibale anthu smart phone Akhale ali nao Zose zomwe asakufuna galuyu

  54. Guys toooooootse tili Johannesburg tiyeni Titumize ma phone kwa azibale anthu smart phone Akhale ali nao Zose zomwe asakufuna galuyu

  55. He just want people to not to use social platforms for his personal agenda and benefits otherwise he wish he could restrict people from the right of information and participation just as the late Dr. Hastings K. Banda. No TV, No private radios etc but for him it’s too late…he has been using all of these things even abroad why he is complaining when other people like Dr. Muluzi tried to bring in our country entertainment and transform the Medea? Shame!!!!!

  56. He just want people to not to use social platforms for his personal agenda and benefits otherwise he wish he could restrict people from the right of information and participation just as the late Dr. Hastings K. Banda. No TV, No private radios etc but for him it’s too late…he has been using all of these things even abroad why he is complaining when other people like Dr. Muluzi tried to bring in our country entertainment and transform the Medea? Shame!!!!!

  57. Iye akamakonda kumvela zokonda amai pa radio 1 alipo anamuuza kuti achepetse kapena asiye? Ife takonda fb iye anakonda zokonda amai zakezo.Tisauzane zochita.

  58. Iye akamakonda kumvela zokonda amai pa radio 1 alipo anamuuza kuti achepetse kapena asiye? Ife takonda fb iye anakonda zokonda amai zakezo.Tisauzane zochita.

  59. For sure negative/ fake news, social bullying is a concern. I am sure Bushirand those who are abused on social media feel bad as well. The good news is that the people who are abused are able to defend themselves using the same social media. The merits of social media outweighs the demerits. Please not that no leader is good for every citizen. Gaddafi was bad and good to others. That’s part of life. Most painful if the negative aspects being discused have true facts.

  60. For sure negative/ fake news, social bullying is a concern. I am sure Bushirand those who are abused on social media feel bad as well. The good news is that the people who are abused are able to defend themselves using the same social media. The merits of social media outweighs the demerits. Please not that no leader is good for every citizen. Gaddafi was bad and good to others. That’s part of life. Most painful if the negative aspects being discused have true facts.

  61. Hahahhaha,,,r you kidding me,he shud be worried of real problems,, corruption, shortage of medical equipment/personal/medicine,, high unemployment,poor education,,and he z worried of how pple use Facebook or whatsup,,,he don’t buy me credit or bundle for what’s up and he z worried for what,,if pple r on social media most of the time it means thy have nothing to do,no jobs,school drop outs etc,so tell your president to look for the cause of the problem

  62. Hahahhaha,,,r you kidding me,he shud be worried of real problems,, corruption, shortage of medical equipment/personal/medicine,, high unemployment,poor education,,and he z worried of how pple use Facebook or whatsup,,,he don’t buy me credit or bundle for what’s up and he z worried for what,,if pple r on social media most of the time it means thy have nothing to do,no jobs,school drop outs etc,so tell your president to look for the cause of the problem

  63. nothing wrong with twitter,Facebook or whatsapp ,worry about your government and your people in this country ……people are talking your failure on social networks is this wrong mr #president ?

  64. nothing wrong with twitter,Facebook or whatsapp ,worry about your government and your people in this country ……people are talking your failure on social networks is this wrong mr #president ?

  65. President kukhalira kuwelenga ma comment apa facebook kkkkkkk. Mufuseni Zuma akuuzani kuti iye amangoyang’ana chifukwa iye akudziwa kuti zinthu simungazibwezeso

  66. President kukhalira kuwelenga ma comment apa facebook kkkkkkk. Mufuseni Zuma akuuzani kuti iye amangoyang’ana chifukwa iye akudziwa kuti zinthu simungazibwezeso

  67. Its a shame that we cnt match Rwanda now …and our own petulo bizy with how I use my own phone I bought with my own money with this expensive tarrifs of Airtel coz of ur rabish economy …..akagwere

  68. Its a shame that we cnt match Rwanda now …and our own petulo bizy with how I use my own phone I bought with my own money with this expensive tarrifs of Airtel coz of ur rabish economy …..akagwere

  69. Muuze pumbwayo kuti whatssap or fb inalipo iye asanafike ku malawi kuno. Aaaa kusowa fundo a bwampini. Ngati zikumunyasa angofa koma ife sitingasiye kunena zoyipa za dpp. Boma lolephera ngati ili silinaonekepo. Apa ndakhulupilira kuti amutharika mutu wawo muli mamina ukufunika kuupanga format. Mwina azayambako kukamba za mzeru ndi zotukula mw. Baba siyani kulimbana ndiife mumkapanga campaign social media munayipeza apumbwa inu. Full of empty promises. Mesa mukati ng’ombe yaikazi singakoke ngolo. Lero ndiinutu mukukanikatu kuno kuchilomoni magetsi athima 5am mpaka pano nchonchi ukufuna anthu akuyamikire get lost galu opanda mano.

  70. Muuze pumbwayo kuti whatssap or fb inalipo iye asanafike ku malawi kuno. Aaaa kusowa fundo a bwampini. Ngati zikumunyasa angofa koma ife sitingasiye kunena zoyipa za dpp. Boma lolephera ngati ili silinaonekepo. Apa ndakhulupilira kuti amutharika mutu wawo muli mamina ukufunika kuupanga format. Mwina azayambako kukamba za mzeru ndi zotukula mw. Baba siyani kulimbana ndiife mumkapanga campaign social media munayipeza apumbwa inu. Full of empty promises. Mesa mukati ng’ombe yaikazi singakoke ngolo. Lero ndiinutu mukukanikatu kuno kuchilomoni magetsi athima 5am mpaka pano nchonchi ukufuna anthu akuyamikire get lost galu opanda mano.

  71. ndizowonadi anthu ena mpaka mabanja akumasokonekela coz of social networks. . . . . .anthu ena akumayamba uhule chifukwa cha FB . . . . Anthu akumawona ngati pa FB popezela akazi kapena zibwemzi . . . . People are mis using dis social networks zikubwela mochedwa pamena adzungu sapanga zimenezi koma ma fricans ndife anthu otayilila kwambili thawi zambili timakhala pansense kuseseleka mapeto ake ngozi

  72. ndizowonadi anthu ena mpaka mabanja akumasokonekela coz of social networks. . . . . .anthu ena akumayamba uhule chifukwa cha FB . . . . Anthu akumawona ngati pa FB popezela akazi kapena zibwemzi . . . . People are mis using dis social networks zikubwela mochedwa pamena adzungu sapanga zimenezi koma ma fricans ndife anthu otayilila kwambili thawi zambili timakhala pansense kuseseleka mapeto ake ngozi

  73. Mr president I think you should confiscate all phones in this country then you will give us after your term is over. Kkkkkk look at him ,what stupid president Malawi Eve had .kkkkkk crazy.

  74. Mr president I think you should confiscate all phones in this country then you will give us after your term is over. Kkkkkk look at him ,what stupid president Malawi Eve had .kkkkkk crazy.

  75. We as also malawian citizen we are also worried the how peter muntharika and his cabinet are using our tax pay money and we are warning them for that

  76. We as also malawian citizen we are also worried the how peter muntharika and his cabinet are using our tax pay money and we are warning them for that

  77. Zanziiiii wasowa chonena ameneyo eti,? Kupondeleza ndi social media yomwe amalawi akusowa kotulila nkhawa zawo, zikanakhala bwino kt muziwelenga muchimagwilitsaso ntchito zomwe anthu amadzudzulazo

  78. Zanziiiii wasowa chonena ameneyo eti,? Kupondeleza ndi social media yomwe amalawi akusowa kotulila nkhawa zawo, zikanakhala bwino kt muziwelenga muchimagwilitsaso ntchito zomwe anthu amadzudzulazo

  79. Ndipo Sitinati Kulemba Zolakwika Zimene Mukuchita. Ngati Zizikunyasani Mutimange Tonse Amene Timakamba Za Inu Bwana. Tizinenabe Mpaka Mutakodza Machimo Anuwo.

  80. Ndipo Sitinati Kulemba Zolakwika Zimene Mukuchita. Ngati Zizikunyasani Mutimange Tonse Amene Timakamba Za Inu Bwana. Tizinenabe Mpaka Mutakodza Machimo Anuwo.

  81. Akuyima pachulu mkumatiopsyeza? Zachamba basi axhoke kumene aliko amusake munthuyo akampeza amuike pampando iye achoke zamisala basi Mugabe Ali ndi mapage angati kut azitivuta Bwannoni ameneyi, mchitsiru atI??? Unamuona Mugabe akutukwana anthu ake akukangana zachambazo.??? Koma uyud ndi Scaliot Judas

  82. Akuyima pachulu mkumatiopsyeza? Zachamba basi axhoke kumene aliko amusake munthuyo akampeza amuike pampando iye achoke zamisala basi Mugabe Ali ndi mapage angati kut azitivuta Bwannoni ameneyi, mchitsiru atI??? Unamuona Mugabe akutukwana anthu ake akukangana zachambazo.??? Koma uyud ndi Scaliot Judas

  83. ngati sakukwanisa kulamulila ndibwino atule pasi, ife amalawi tiliwokozeka kuyitani munthu ofila khungu atillamulilanso ngati mmene zachitikira ku team yafuko kuyitanisa ofila khungu mwina zingathandize kwambiri.

  84. ngati sakukwanisa kulamulila ndibwino atule pasi, ife amalawi tiliwokozeka kuyitani munthu ofila khungu atillamulilanso ngati mmene zachitikira ku team yafuko kuyitanisa ofila khungu mwina zingathandize kwambiri.

  85. If this is true then we dont have a leader in Malawi.pls tell me its propaganda.
    If this is true then Malawi is very behind
    Tell me its a joke
    If this is true then 2019 it too far because this man will even ban us from using cell phones

  86. If this is true then we dont have a leader in Malawi.pls tell me its propaganda.
    If this is true then Malawi is very behind
    Tell me its a joke
    If this is true then 2019 it too far because this man will even ban us from using cell phones

  87. Ndipo mumuuze president yinalipo b4 asanankhale president sikuti fb,whatsapp zayamba muulamuliro wa peter munthalika ayi. Sikuti azikayimaso pa podium kuti ndi president wa chitukuko wayambitsa fb,whatsapp ayi. Amamva bwanchi muulamuliro wa Joyce Banda anatukwa nidwa jb mpaka kumuvula kumene.

  88. Ndipo mumuuze president yinalipo b4 asanankhale president sikuti fb,whatsapp zayamba muulamuliro wa peter munthalika ayi. Sikuti azikayimaso pa podium kuti ndi president wa chitukuko wayambitsa fb,whatsapp ayi. Amamva bwanchi muulamuliro wa Joyce Banda anatukwa nidwa jb mpaka kumuvula kumene.