CSOs accuse Mutharika of attention-diverting tactics on Malawi woes

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has been accused of applying attention-diversion tactics from real issues affecting the nation.

Trapence: Mutharika just want to divert attention on people's suffering

Trapence: Mutharika just want to divert attention on people’s suffering

The human rights campaigners accuse Mutharika of using homosexuality and abortion issues as a tactic to divert the attention of Malawi from the endemic problems confronting the impoverished southern African country.

The activists, who included Timothy Mtambo of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Gift Trapence of Centre for Development of the People (Cedep), Father Martin Kalimbe of the Anglican Church and John Phiri, a human rights lawyer, made the accusation at a news conference

The human rights campaigners called for the news conference in Zomba to respond to the President’s comments on homosexuality .

They accuse Mutharika of making ill-considered and extemporaneous statements.

During a Talk to the President programme aired on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC radio and TV) last week, Mutharika said the issues should be decided by Malawians suggesting he was for a referendum. He later told MBC that that he spoke in his personal capacity.

Critics have also accused Mutharika and his government of having an obsession with homosexuality.

In his comments, Trapence accused President Mutharika of trying to divert Malawians’ attention on problems affecting the country such as hunger, shortage of forex and other economic problems by commenting on homosexuality.

“The government’s obsession with this homosexuality is a tactic to divert people’s attention from the endemic problems confronting the nation,” he said.

He said everyday poverty is on the increase and people’s standard of living and earning capacities are on the decline in Malawi.

On his part, Mtambo wondered why there is a tendency of propagating a populist agenda when a country is having economic problems.

He further wondered how Malawians could make a distinction between a President as a person and as a leader of the country.

“In fact, that programme was about the President of a country not as an individual. As such, he was speaking as a President,” he said.

Others argue that government  is using moral reasons to criminalise homosexuality while ignoring prostitution.

 

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32 thoughts on “CSOs accuse Mutharika of attention-diverting tactics on Malawi woes”

  1. BigMan says:

    Trapence, surely you are the one who is obsessed with anal sex between two men and muff diving between women. You write about it every week in the newspaper, basically your NGO is a full fledged gay club.

  2. TA Khombedza says:

    kkkkkk ife mafumu wathutu ndi pulofesa yemweyu. Tonse takonzekera vote yathu mu 2019 ndi ya Pulofeesa Mutharika. Mumvatu m’bebe nangatu ife atilamulira basi kkkkk. Za ugay zanuzo kwanukonko. Ife tifuna wotipulumusayu.. APM yemweyutu basi. Asaaa, anthu osayamika inu.

  3. Alungwana says:

    I think it is stupid to keep on thinking that Malawians can be diverted from talking and discussing the strugles they are going through.

  4. Thikiwa says:

    Koma ndiye mumva kuwawa mpaka 2050 coz DPP ikulamulirabe mu zaka zonsezi……..

  5. Wilhelm says:

    They have hit the nail on the head.

    Sadly, most people seem not to be noticing it. And that’s exactly the point of these tactics.

    How often do they talk about the economy or even their own economic programs such as housing subsidy?

    But the moment they mention sexuality, prostitution, abortion or homosexuality the media and public’s interest is inflammable.

    It’s nothing new of course, it is a well-worn tactic of populists and demagogues all over the world to distract the public with ‘controversial’ issues.

    Meanwhile, the economy that actually affects the every-day man or woman’s livelihood can be mis-managed and no one notices.

    It also happens, for example, in the UK or US. In the UK they blame the Arab or Indian or African immigrants for ‘stealing’ their jobs. Meanwhile the Tory government’s banker friends continue to steal from the tax-payers and actually impact their livelihoods more!

    Similarly they blame Mexicans and others in the USA.

    In South Africa they persecute Malawians and other Africans. In Malawi we like to blame the Asians or Indians for our woes.

    We need to focus on the real issues. ‘Cash-gate’ is still happening. Goodall Gondwe is the same guy who brought us the forex and fuel shortages under Bingu. Kaliati, Muluzi, even Chakwera. They are all politicians looking after their own interests.

    Why is it almost all our politicians have such big bellies. Yet the average man or woman continues to be thin as skin and bones. This has changed little since independence or multi-party.

    One can only pray Almighty God helps our country, not too far in the future. We have been waiting decades. We must open our eyes.

  6. kholowa mkabudula says:

    Azibambo kuikana kumbuyo sikunayambile lero abale,nthawi ya Loti zinali mu fashion mpakana amkafuna kuti apange angelo ndipo mkwiyo wamulungu unakulilakulila pa sodomu ndi gomola. Kuikana kumbuyo ndi choice chawo asiyeni pakuti mulungu kunjakuno alipo ndipo adzaweluza yekha musamukhalile pa mpando ayi. amayi kugwilana maliseche okha okha ndi tchimo chimodzimodzi kuba,miseche,kusowa chikondi ndi tchimo lina lililonse.Ndinu amalawi angati amene muli oyela pamaso pa Yehova? Timamuchimwila mulungu tonse munjila zosiyanasiyana,ndiye tisaweluze amzathu poti naye Yehova ndi mulingo omwewo adzati weluzila. Mwina a fazalawo akanadandaula kuti a Malawi tikuchimwila ambuye tisinthe without specifying then ndikanamva poti palibe tchimo labwinoko pamaso pa a mbuye. Mbava,uhule,kunama,kudzikonda kukusiyana pati ndi abambo oikana kumbuyowa kapena amayi kuseweletsana maliseche okhaokha? Mtchito yathu mkufalitsa uthenga osati kuweluza ayi. Koma inu mmene kutsogolo kumakhalila bwino muja mkumachedwanso mkumbuyo…..Shyeeeeee! Tiyeni tonse tilape ambuye atikhululukile!

  7. Okhrana says:

    Brazilian wax, APM whether dull or not, ufune usafune akulamulira mpaka 2019 then another 5yrs kenako Amfana Chilima naye zake 10, iwe ukudikira a claver and intelligent pulezident, ndiye umvatu kuwawa coz uwl need t wait kkkk

  8. Odi Ukooooo says:

    What a dull president can speak an individual’s opinion, when he is actually speaking to the general public!

  9. ... says:

    Zonsezi chifukwa cha Mbendera, anatilakwura galu ameneyu.
    Pulofesa wa Cypruss University of texas yu ndi madeya eni eni.
    He is a complete loser.

  10. Dorobuchi says:

    Kungoti achina trapence awa ngovuta kuwamvetsa. Iwowo tikamati akugwira ntchito amakhala akunena za mathanyula. Pano nde akuti HE is diverting people’s attention? Akufuna atiuze chani makamaka?

  11. musisipala says:

    Trapence is not a bonafide malawian. He should be deported. I believe he is married to a woman. What sex does he enjoy with her?

  12. If we were to vote today i would vote APM and in 2019 i wii vote APM. In the years to follow i will vote DPP DPP DPP DPP DPP DPP.

  13. Chigawaneni says:

    Nkhani ikhale imeneyi? Mulungu atikhululukire aMalawi.

  14. laza says:

    Trapence I think you dont have anything to do in life. How can the whole of you wasting time with anal sexual intercourse discussion. Yet you have your wife and children which means you do like vaginal sexual intercourse which is free gift for us from God.
    God can you push this man right here on earth planet and let him disappear like his brother Mwakasungura.Please God punish these people alive , dont wait any other day so that they should you are True Almighty Lord.Fire, Fire, Fire them.

  15. Mbwindix says:

    Ba Gift ku mlomo nga mabvi

  16. Nyenyezi says:

    There is no good time for everything kungoti a Malawi we are resistant to change you want to stick to the old ways of doing things. Do you mean to say Pitala akati kukhale same sex marriages anthu asiya azikazi awo kapena azimunawo? Its about one’s choice like drinking alcohol and smoking any type of cigarette even indian hemp or prostitution. Ndiye mukuti chani? Leave those who feellike practising such to do so at liberty not that there should be referendum for what? doing so would just be disadvantageous to the minority. Tiyeni uko zitsilu inu chilichonse kumagoikira kumbuyo pitala ngakhale akupanga zogona kodi amalawi munatani?

  17. Sapitwa says:

    Sometimes when people have no issues to raise, they just talk lots of nonses so that their Donors should think that they are doing something. Come on sensible people, you mean the President woke up in the morning to make the day to divert people’s attention on economic challenges by giving his views on homosexuality?
    Wasn’t APM answering such a question on MBC? Now you mean by giving such views, the people could loose focus on economic challenges facing them?
    This doesn’t hold.

  18. Bandawe says:

    Mr Trapence you probably need to know that time for the idea you are trying to advance has not yet come. People are rejecting it right left and centre regardless of its nature; as being one of the human rights. Wjhile Malawians have struggled to accept some rights, thei one they have decided to reject it outright. You probably need to go back to the drawing table and report to the ‘rights givers and protectors’ That the time has not yet come. Am sorry for you. Remember when Kaliya tried to bulldoze her 50:50 campaign it failed miserably and today she has to fight to have another an added female into the HRRC Why? Time for her ideas has not yet come. Those who had raise the 50:50 campaign cash know that it fizzled into the thin area with highly undesired results

    When that time comes you will not fight for it, it will come naturally and easily

  19. mapapaya says:

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkk ndi a Fathara (Father) omwe ali gulu la mathanyula kkkkkkkk

  20. Webster Munthalika says:

    For the first time mwayankhulako za nzeru agalu inu

  21. Brazilian wax says:

    Abale Peter is not and will never be a presidential material. Frankly speaking the guy is too dull to be a president. Just ask those who have worked with him before becoming president. The dude is damn clueless! Of course I don’t hate him as a person but for love of Malawi it’s a joke to put him into presidency.

  22. Kwali says:

    Kodi anyamata a mathathanyula oika zida mkamwa milomo imaoneka chonhi eti? Ndaonera pa a che Trapence.

  23. Homosexuality doesn’t exist in Malawi. Check with Bwandilo at area 47 in Lilongwe, Chitawira or Siquece and Grand Bar and Grill. It’s all heterosexual. Homosexual is unnatural. Chickens, dogs, pigs, mosquitoes etc don’t do it. Are humans lower than animals?

  24. chepetsani says:

    JUST SHUT UP.

  25. Peter Mathanyula says:

    Mr Ibu is letting Malawians down. Those who voted for him must now be regretting.

  26. MONI says:

    And the whole so-called press conference to talk about the president’s answer to a question? Come on Malawians, there’re so many issues of which you CSO’s can talk about, but this one is a non starter. A Malawian asked the president a question, the president was answering that question that, “According to the manifesto of the DPP, if that issue is to come about, the manifesto gives Malawians the powers to choose.” What did you expect the president to do, not respond to that citizen’s question? This shows how (excuse me) shall minded some so called CSO’s have. The government at any particular time never said anything about going to referendum. Even the president didn’t say “I’m calling or I’ll call in the near future for a referendum on the issue.” He just explained to the questioner what the DPP manifesto says about the issue. Please be serious with your work, this hatred makes you CSO’s loose track and trust.

  27. jack Phalombe says:

    Iwe Trapence bwela ndikumenye mathanyula

  28. Bololo says:

    Who are these others you are referring to in the last statement? So now the homosexual issues are of secondary importance to economic woes according to the two gay advocates, interesting. I guess they are now working up for the right fight.

  29. Charombanthu says:

    Inenso ndaonanso choncho. We have a lot of issues needing immediate leadership attention and yet the president wants us to spend our energies on homosexuality issues. You can tell a good leader in time of crises and not when things are going well. We need leadership now when we have insecurity, corruption, soaring inflation rates, the Kwacha is losing value everyday, etc.

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