APM market visits: Humility or electioneering?

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Malawi leader Arthur Peter Mutharika (APM) and his wife Gertrude Mutharika recently visited local markets to buy food items from small businesses, raising questions about their intentions.

Mutharika and his wife were also seen in Ndirande market where they bought a sofa set that is to be part of furniture at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

Peter Mutharika

APM and wife buying fish.

Some Malawians applauded Mutharika for the gesture with others describing him as a “humble” man.

The Malawi leader was also applauded for buying local things like the sofa set instead of importing luxurious furniture for Sanjika palace.

Malawians on social media said Mutharika is humble since he could have commanded any other officer at the State House to buy the sofa or foodstuffs for him.

But is APM humble?

A year before the 2014 tripartite election, Mutharika was seen boarding a public transport in Lilongwe as one way of sharing the suffering with Malawians under the leadership of Joyce Banda.

Mkhutche

Mkhutche: the acts are “populist stunts” and not being humble.

Mutharika also visited a local market to buy fish popularly known as bonya.

Though the ruling party then, People’s Party (PP), castigated him saying it was “cheap politics”, the man was applauded by other Malawians as many saw the caring spirit from the presidential aspirant.

But since being elected into power, the Malawi leader, in his three years in power, never boarded a minibus or bought bonya to reaffirm his humbleness that was noted during the campaign period for the 2014 polls, until over a week ago – some months before the 2019 general elections – when he appeared in markets.

Political expert Wonderful Mkhutche feels the acts are “populist stunts” and not being humble.

“The president’s acts do not signify him as humble man as some are suggesting. Some are even saying the president supports local business. But there is more to humanity than appearing in public places. Just like there is more to supporting local businesses,” said Mkhutche.

He further urged political leaders to be meeting people in public places to seek their views on national matters.

“It is commendable that at times the president should meet people on the ground. But this means that the platform has to be one in which the president is listening to the people and acting on it. This was not the case with what recently happened,” he added.

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  1. Kodi simukufunila abale anu zabwino eti? Ndinthawi yoti mr plesdent ndi mkazi wawo kusangalasa anthu awo kuonjezela mipamba ya biznes

  2. Its humility,thats the correct answer.What is wrong there?Most malawian are still behind in thinking and relating things logically.He is a human being like you,why fails to do things you do in your area?Continue

  3. Hopefuly he’s humble it doesnt mean to be apresident you cant do other cheap things with ordinary people

  4. That’s a way to gain a political mileage, think of that time he bought bonya in lilongwe; what was the meaning of that and what areas and how many enterprise developed/improved in?

  5. Palibepo nkhani apa. Which law bars him from visiting the market? Inu mukamakagula zinthu ndekuti mukupanga campaign m’manyumba mwanumo?

  6. Zazii ndezitipindulira chani ife zimenezo mavuto alitho muno osa solver kaye magetsi, muzipatala mankhwala chuma Mmidzimu bwanji !

  7. Kkkkkk koma amalawi,akakagula ku shoprite muzitiso akuononga ndalama za boma,akavaya ku ndix ku msika waukulu mukutiso campaign,ndiye angosiya kudya2 president.

  8. Sindikuziwa kuti a malawi umbuli uzawathera liti.Inu Pulesident asapita pamsika walakwa?,kodi amachita kukakamiza kuti muzamvotere??.Inetu chiyambileni sindinavotere chipani ndikuluzapo.Iyetu ayenera kuyenda chifukwa ndi ufulu wake,nkhani yozawina ndiye musakambe mudikire azakuonetseni.Kupepela bwanji amalawi.Musiyeni ndi munthu apange zofuna zake.

  9. Ntchito basi yizikhala yoyendela anthu ogulista matemba wokhawokha kukondela kwambiri Mr President ifesnso muzitiyendela woyitanila mamini bus ifeee

  10. Akuona ngati azawina chifukwa choti anagula bonya penapake.
    Febuluwale yenseyi tadya bonya pamene Iwo amadya ma sausage Ku state house.

  11. Kodi galu ameneyu chiyambileni ndale anapangapo zimenezi ndi campaign ameneyo posachedwapa timva anapita kujando kukadilidwa

  12. Kutha nzeru uku munthu matemba seller akuti K4000 iwo kupereka K23,000 trying to buy pples hearts for corruption

  13. Ndiye vuto ndichani? Inu tadzikhalani ochangamuka ndipo akuyenera kutero ngati mwini wake wafuna iyiyi personal issue ndipo sizikugwirizana ndi ndale

  14. Palibe zachilendo ndi campaign basi komma mudziwe popita kutsiko ndalama imene yawonongeka pa convoy yake ma polisi yake zonse kuti muwelengele zakwana zingati ndalama atha kuwathandiza anthu angati kumudzi agogo paNgovalo Ku Thyolo akuyenda opanda Malaya chombo panja akusowa nsoppo ,koma mbizi iyi panyani

  15. pompano akuti adzatiendera kwamuenera kudzakwapula nawo masese,sizodabwitsa izi,mmbuyomu ena adapangapo mpakana adakadya ku chakulamba

  16. angofuna kuonetsa kut kukhala president sichiphinjo naye atha kuyenda paliponse,kugula zomwe anthu wamba amagula,sizachilendo! wina zampweteka kkkk! 2019 ndye mudzabuuula kwambiri,koopsya!

    • Magulidwe akewo K23,000 for the real price K4000???? ngati kulibe mavuto ena bwanji osagula ma gumbuts,groves zothandizira cholera mma health centers monga kwa Dickson ku LL munthu anamwalira ma doctor amaopa kumugwira ndi bear hands coz they had no groves

    • joyce,pali protoco paja musaiwale yogulila zinthu boma.zmenezo minister of health akuyenela kudzwa kaye, citapo kanthu, komanso 23grand kwa iye aaa ndiyogulila ndwo, joyce.

  17. Even you admin you can do that just try to put every Tambala you are getting here on your page and go to buy mbewa mkhwani and the like you will become famous also

  18. no questions,this is not the first time for APM to buy items on the local markets ,even before he was elected as apresident ,he went at chinsapo to buy potatoes ,mangoes ,fish .

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