Activist says Mutharika backtracks on reduction of presidential powers

A rights activist Billy Mayaya has taken a swipe at President Peter Mutharika and his administration for backtracking on the reduction of presidential powers.

Mayaya: Hits at Mutharika

Mayaya: Hits at Mutharika

Mayaya’s comments come barely a week after Mutharika reiterated that he would veto any bill that seeks to reduce his presidential powers.

“This is a great concern to all of us. This is extremely strange that the reforms in the presidential powers are contained in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) manifesto,” said Mayaya.

He said it is extremely worrisome that nothing is changing at all in the country since the DPP was ushered back into power after toppling Joyce Banda and her People’s Party two year administration at the ballot box in 2014 general election.

“There are many things that are not going on well and are matters of concern to us all,” he said citing continued lack of maize and the administrations increasing intolerance as examples.

At a rally in Chikwawa last week Mutharika vowed to veto any laws seeking to trim his powers.

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6 thoughts on “Activist says Mutharika backtracks on reduction of presidential powers”

  1. ganizani goba says:

    Sometimes blaming is simpler than providing an alternative plan to avert the cause of a problem. I don’t think reduction of power would bring any solution to the current stinging chaos rather let’s play part individually in any possible sector of the economy for the well being of our malawi. Its time for actions other than endless strategies, let’s suffer on one sector and boost the other, economist knows what am saying “opportunity cost”. Its hard in a developing country to have every part running smoothly because of limited resources. So mr mayaya I would ask you to understand that in democratic country its impossible for someone to listen to the query in the first instance without him thinking of otherwise, and that too its not wrong that’s what democracy means.

  2. Nenani says:

    Well it is not surprising that Peter Mutharika is reneging on his manifesto promises. Almost everyone now knows that since Peter Mutharika became president in May 2014 the economy has badly nosedived. He has no clue on how to deal with the effects of cashgate and natural disasters. The majority of ordinary Malawians are terribly suffering due to the high cost of living. He is becoming increasingly intolerant to criticism just like his late brother. He is a burden to the majority of ordinary Malawians. As for donors they have no confidence in a DPP Govt given its past history and the K577billion cashgate. Life for ordinary Malawians will continue to be hard.

  3. santana says:

    Can you accept if your wife and children ask you to remove some of your powers in the family? Will you not suspect something? And you think APM is just so stupid to accept this nonsense? I thought this idea was crushed in Parliament last time? To whom do you want to give the removed powers? And you are sure this group will not usurp the powers? It is too late, which head of state best used these powers? Why did you not remove the powers that time? Uyu wakuphwekerani?

  4. Master says:

    Thsi dunderhead told the whole country that malawi has enough maize, today he is blaming govt for lack of maize, can we trust u again? ndalama zomwe boma linakupasa zathat and u want another share? in all this u want to use as your condoms for your selfish gains

  5. Mlangeni says:

    Mayaya wanditopetsa ndi maboza ako

  6. B Mayaya you can’t talk about floods,tobacco low prices ,to vendor stealing maize, stealing of medicine in government hospitals please catch one Mr Billy Mayaya why kukakamira zinthu zoti we have not sent you that is public concerns no you are playing part in development of this country but busy in your office criticise His Excellence APM everyday chiwanda chosusa zabwino zomwe tell Malawian if you good plan to run this country pitani kwama prophet akakupangeni deliverance fight for better price to our farmers tobacco this year and advise Malawian to take care the little crops they have managed to yield not just criticising a human while you are also a human that is again kuphera ufulu wake as the president he has power. You need deliverance Mr Billy Mayaya.AMEN MULUNGU akukhulukileni ngati sukuziwa kufunika kwa aliyese paudindo wake but play part in development and catching akubawo mankhwala my civil servants awumbombowo.

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