Malawi’s human rights group Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has described President Prof Peter Mutharika as a hypocrite of “highest order” if the first six months of his tenure are anything to go by.
In an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times on CHRR’s reaction to the current political and economic issues affecting the country, the watchdog’s executive director Timothy Mtambo indicated that the recent events which have characterized the political scene have – to a greater extent – acted as an eye opener to the personality and character of the President .
“The President seems to be not only clueless in his leadership as observed by some quarters but also a hypocrite of highest order,” stated the fearless Mtambo.
The CHRR boss cited the recent developments pertaining to National Aids Commission (NAC) where the First Lady and government agencies have been cash-stripping the organisation and the Presidential-media interface meeting as some of the few examples pointing to how hypocritical, unpredictable or unreliable President Mutharika has become.
CHRR said the interference in NAC’s financial issues is a complete departure from the professed austerity measures path his government touted .
“ How do you explain a scenario where Mutharika’s leadership is preaching of launching a crusade to deal with cashgate while at the same time secretly involving itself in its own ‘NACgate’. There is no greater sign of hypocrisy than this,” added Mtambo.
Mtambo also observed that President Mutharika’s reaction to Table Mountain Declaration and Access to information legislation issues during the recent interface meeting with the media was also another indicator of how “hypocritical, untrusted and unreliable the President is.”
Stated the CHRR boss:“It was so provoking and disheartening not only to the media community but also the civil society and general public to hear the President expressing ignorance of the contents of the access to information draft bill and also table mountain declaration.
“All this came against a background of tireless promises from the same government that there was a high level of political will to table and pass the bill in the forthcoming sitting after the failure to meet its earlier promise of tabling it in the previous parliament. Was all this just lip service? Does it really make sense that all the national consultations on the bill were being done without the President knowing the content of the documents? How could the President commit himself through the DPP manifesto things which he had no knowledge of? What does this speak of his leadership? If truth be told, what one can only see hear is rather a case of scape-goat, and of course a highest degree of hypocrisy.”
The rights campaigners said Mutharika must be taken to task on the commitments he made on these two issues which are not only important to the media but also to the general public, the civil society inclusive.
CHRR criticism comes after law professor Danwood Chirwa accused Mutharika of displaying tendencies that he is the “worse demagogue “.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :