In an interesting twist to the calls for President Arthur Peter Mutharika to resign have cropped up. Snr Chief Kalonga of Salima says it’s ‘sin’ and climate change that must be blamed for Malawi’s social-economic woes.
In a second phase of the senior traditional leaders meetings to dismiss calls that Mutharika resigns, Snr. Chief Kalonga said those calling for the President to resign, President Mutharika, and all Malawians must repent.
“There is a bad omen that had befallen Malawi because of our sins. Malawians have wringed God and must repent so that these signs of the end of times may depart us. The whole world also knows that climate change is what has brought along the food shortage.
“As chiefs, we therefore see no reason why Mutharika must resign. He did not bring this famine and economic problems. Neither did his party. We emphatically say he cannot therefore resign,” he said, signing off with an ‘Amen’.
Along with other central region chiefs such as Chaza, Tsabango, of Dowa and Lilongwe, among others, including Lukwa and Kaomba of Kasungu, the senior chiefs were reacting to calls by some opposition leaders who say Mutharika has failed and must humbly step down.
Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and and the People’s Party (PP) insist the president is ‘inept’ and must go.
MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila and PPs firebrand Kamlepo Kalua, both MPs of the National Assembly, have been joined in the calls for Mutharika to go by PP caretaker president Uladi Mussa.
The chiefs claim such calls are misplaced and have the potential to ignite civil war in the country. They say every Malawian is their subject and they have the authority to speak out through the newly formed Chiefs Forum, their mouthpiece on issues affecting the country.
“We are not political in any way. We have formed our forum as custodians of peace and tradition. The entire southern Africa is affected by climate change bringing drought and food shortage. We said in our new constitution that each elected leader shall stay for a five year term before seeking another term.”
At the same new conference, Snr. Chief Kaomba asked the opposition politicians to instead join Mutharika to find lasting solutions, such as irrigation and also mechanised agriculture.
He also warned the police against abuse of their powers around this growing tension. Police arrested Kabwila and others following a WhatsApp leaked conversation allegedly plotting a coup.
Malawi is dogged by erratic rains that have brought drought and poor harvest, economic low down due to donors withdraw following the infamous Cashgate scandal.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :