Govt refuses to react to ‘headless chicken’ remark, hits back at Mutharika critics

Malawi government is ignoring comments by human rights activist Billy Mayaya describing President Peter Mutharika as a “headless chicken” ruling Malawi but hit back at critics who claim government dipped into the public purse to commemorate Mutharika’s so called Liberation Day, saying every individual spent their own money.

Minister of Information Kondwani Nakhumwa told Macra board of government directives- pic by Roy Nkosi

Minister of Information Kondwani Nakhumwa says state resources were not used- pic by Roy Nkosi

Mutharika celebrated second anniversary in memory of his arrest in 2012 when he, and six other Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) senior officials, tried to circumvent constitutional order following Pres Bingu wa Mutharika’s sudden death of cardiac arrest in April, 2012.

Apparently, the DPP had tried to block then vice president Joyce Banda from ascending to the presidency considering her sour relationship with the party and her boss – late Mutharika.

Mayaya joined a chorus of commentators who rebuked Mutharika for the celebrations, calling him a headless chicken,

Bur government spokesperson Kondwani Nankhumwa did not contests the “headless chicken” remarks but dismissed accusation of abusing state resources.

Nankhumwa, now Minister of Information Tourism and Culture, was part of the six members – dubbed the ‘Midnight Six.’

He affirmed, amid fervent criticism from the public, that no state resources were used during the commemoration.

“Government wishes to assure the public that, contrary to some commentators, state resources were not used during the commemoration during the commemoration events of the arrest of President Mutharika and others that took place on 11th March, 2015 in Lilongwe,” said Nankhumwa.

He added: “Every individual used their personal resources.”

According to Nankhumwa, even state broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and government news portal Malawi News Agency (MANA) made their own editorial decisions to cover the function the way the private media did.

“No one cajoled them to provide coverage,” said Nankhumwa.

The spokesperson insisted that observance of the day was a powerful symbol to remind and assure the public that “never again” would government abuse its powers to settle scores with political opponents.

“Contrary to criticism, Peter Mutharika’s government remains committed to respect for the rule of law, and making sure that government institutions do their work without political interference,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nankhumwa has since reassured the public that government resources will be safeguarded and used solely for purposes of improving the lives of the people of Malawi.

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67 thoughts on “Govt refuses to react to ‘headless chicken’ remark, hits back at Mutharika critics”

  1. PHODO says:

    PLEASE BE RESPECT FULL TO OUR LEADERS WHO WILL BE AGOOD LEADER TO YOU .HESTINGS MUDAMUNYOZA ,ELESON B ,MUDAMUNYOZASO, BINGU MUDAMUNYOZA JB KUNGOMUDYERA NDALAMA NDIKUMUTAYASO ,PETER AKULAMULAYOU KUSUNGA BOMA OTHANDIZA ATALEKA KUTITHANDIZA ,KUIKASO POYELA MAKHALIDWE ONYASA AWANTHU ENA AMENE AMACHITA ZINTHU .POGWIRITSA NTCHITO UDINDO WAWO ,,WAKE UP MALAWI THE LIGHT HAS COME ENVEN POLICE ,

  2. Tchende la pitala says:

    Mbuzi pitala

  3. A Thini says:

    Poorest country being ruled by a Headless chicken president aka “l was here” Mayoooo l cry for my beloved country Malawi.

  4. chie says:

    My fellow Malawian let’s be patriotic. Ukayankha chitsiru nawe umaoneka ngati chitsirunso. Nankhumwa posayankha zopusazo shows the gvt can’t respond to foolish remarks by Mayaya.

  5. gladwell phiri says:

    this is stupid, why commemorating that day? afterall he should be thankful that he was not sent to prison permanantly cos what he and his old fellows did was unconstituitional. i dont know what is wrong with malawians how can someone who was a criminal suddenly becomes a president

  6. ntchende la pitala says:

    Stupid government

  7. Ngongoliwa says:

    DPP HAS QUICKLY FORGOTEN HOW MALAWANS REACT TO SILLY ACTS LIKE ONE UNDER DISCUSSION. INSTEAD OF SORTING OUT THE MESS THIS COUNTRY IS GOING THRU, YOU HAVE ALREADY STARTED CEREBRATING. EVEN THE ADVERT YOU PUT ON YOUR RADIO ABOUT THE APPRECIATION OF THE KWACHA IS NOT TIMELY AND NOT APPROPRIATE. STOP THIS MADNESS!! MALAWIANS ARE SUFFERING TO THE TEETH IN SILENCE, KOMA WHEN THEY WANT TO REACT SIMUDZATIFUNA ASK BINGU

  8. Omex70 says:

    Nankhumwa, stupid spokesman for the government.

  9. Chinyopiro says:

    peter should ask Dausi if Kamuzu went to gweru and wrote his name on the walls of the cell he
    was detained in. Foolish proffessor!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Dick says:

    EVERY PERSON USED HIS OWN MONEY. THIS IS A VERY STUPID REMARK I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE. TAXPAYERS MONEY WAS SPENT ON THIS EVENT. NANKHUMWA IS A DUNDERHEAD

  11. Dzakondidzomweudya says:

    Amalawi why are we gloss on debates that will not move the country forward an inch when we could use this same forum to discuss issues that will change the country. We have heard about a lot of countries who have changed their status by the Technocrats who chose to think differently for the best interest of their country. We are the same people who vote for these recycled politicians in one way or another and expect things to change! SHAME ON US. Let us start asking ourselves what we can do for our country than wasting time trying to change thugs, thieves and people we can not change. Let us start the change. I BET YOU ALL WHO ARE BEST AT PUTTING COMMENT THAT COME 2018/19 THE SAME SAME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BOUNCE BACK WHEN WE SIT PHWIII, WAITING TO RESTART THE BLAME GAME. HONESTLY LET US ALL CHANGE OUR APPROACH FOR A BETTER MALAWI. A Katsonga, Thom Mpinganjira, ndi mabwana anzao pamodzi ndi ana ao ali busy kuyang’ana ma oportunities ife tili busy kuyankha mavuto a dziko pa nyasa times kome mtunda nde ulipo oti tisunthe amangwetu.

  12. Mfwethu says:

    No matter how long these politicians try to convince us about the events of those 3 mad days, a rational government will one day arise and put everything in perspective, these people will go to prison to serve their sentences. Amai became too over confident she thought she had already won the presidency otherwise she had an ace to herself to put these people in prison, it wasn’t politics but law. Infact in a way she showed that she wasn’t vindictive of her political enemies coz if she was even this minister would have been in prison today. So DPP just stop your madness once and for all. You dont want another angry nation so early in your new lease of life.

  13. Mfwethu says:

    No matter how long these politicians try to convince us about the events of those 3 mad days, a rational government will one day arise and put everything in perspective, these people will go to prison to serve their sentences. Amai became too over confident she thought she had already won the presidency otherwise she had an ace to herself to put these people in prison, it was politics but law. Infact in a way she showed that she was vindictive of her political enemies coz if she was even this minister would have been in prison today. So DPP just stop your madness once and for all. You dont want another angry nation so early in your new lease of life.

  14. Charombanthu says:

    Kadakwiza (21) has hit the nail on the head. 11 March linali tsiku la ntchito koma nonse (including the President) munajomba kupita ku Lumbadzi and yet you will be paid regardless come month end. Ndiye Nkhani yaketu Mr Minister of Information. Zamveka kodi??????

  15. citizen okwiya says:

    Did APM use personal convoy? Does this minister of “Mis-information” know about wear and tear? And you say no state resources were used?

    Headless administration indeed !!!!!!!

  16. LOOK ECONOMIC GEARS IN ALL SECTORS DURING THAT DAY, ANYWAY THANKS FOR YOUR WORDS, NOTED.

  17. sabiti says:

    Comment
    May be someone is talking the truth that the chicken is headless, do u want us to believe ur blue lies u went there by gvmnt cars, fuel, security, allowance,what do u want us to believe?

  18. Hot Iron says:

    As a well cultured Malawian, I cannot call my president a ‘headless chicken’ even if he has stepped on my foot so hard. Bwana Mayaya mutapepesa apa simungakhale chitsilu because you have never been one. The president deserves respect, even if we do not agree with what he was involved in. Go on Mr. President to lead the country, even if some of us are busy drinking from ‘masacheti’ and shouting all the insults you have never expected in your life. It is you God given time to lead Malawi.
    Now to Mr. Nankhumwa, it is not good to be adding salt to a bruised skin-otherwise the pain becomes too much. You cannot fool Malawians to think that the whole event went on without spending a single tambala from the tax payers’ purse. I see your reaction as the one of a confused mechanic trying to through his spanner all over; the engine, gear box or is it the breaking system and the engine again, trying to get the vehicle back on the road. Unfortunately it doesn’t start at all. Your point of spending from individuals’ pockets does not click something positive to Malawians. Accept it was a mistake never to be repeated and we will forgive or is it forget? Thanks.

  19. Wamisala osagenda says:

    Linakakhala kale ndikanakutukwanani a nankhumwa kuti machende ako koma ndinasiya.

  20. Munthu ndi woipamtima says:

    Munthu ukamafuna kumwalira umayankhula zopanda mutu. Enanu mabungwe anu ntchito kunyoza basi. Lapani Ambuye Yesu akubwera,mkamwa ntchito kulankhula zinthu zoola basi.

  21. Kadziotche says:

    The jail exit annivessary celebration might have been a privately funded function, but it has not gone well with the Malawian public.Next year don’t repeat this stupid party. Presidential advisors please protect APM from unnecessary ridicule.APM et al can commemorate the sad cell event PRIVATELY.Politically it was not right,it has cost DPP and the HE a lot.The cronies around APM will not agree with this assertion but the writing is on the wall.It is DPP’s choice to be identified with mediocre events or not.

  22. chakhalira says:

    Yes, the whole DPP crew is full of Headless Chickens. Really they can not see the mess they made? ” Really Every Individual used their own resources?”. This is the saying of a Headless Chicken / person. How could a policeman , MBC Crew, and all others use their personal resources?

    My goodness! What madness! Why not just keep quite?

    Yes, these are Headless, Headless, Headless DPP Chickens!

  23. ujeni says:

    Did, the vehicles used and allowances for military personnel and civil staff came from Peters pocket?

  24. Mbofoo! Mbofoo! spokesman Nankhumwa, you rather stay quiet along side your headless president. Zimene munapanga ku Lumbadzi police cells I have zinatibowa heavy. Do you think anthills wonse akhala akumangidwa chiyambileni ndende kuti adzikalemba Khoma inu mukanakapeza space yolembapo? Komanso ndi ulawyer wa a che president anuwo simunadziwebe kuti munapanga rape penal code potelo? Mandela, Ka u u Chakufwa akanakhala woyamba kutero chikwa they had valid reasons than by passed treason case of yours. The truth remains that you robbed Malawians on that day of their tax and time. Musayiwale kulembelatu makhoma a state house ndi ku capital hill kuti “mafana a headless were here” before 2019.

  25. Kaithazi says:

    Mbofoo mbofoo spokesman Nankhumwa, you rather stay quiet along side your headless president. Zimene munapanga ku Lumbadzi police cells I have zinatibowa heavy. Do you think anthills wonse akhala akumangidwa chiyambileni ndende kuti adzikalemba Khoma inu mukanakapeza space yolembapo? Komanso ndi ulawyer wa a che president anuwo simunadziwebe kuti munapanga rape penal code potelo? Mandela, Ka u u Chakufwa akanakhala woyamba kutero chikwa they had valid reasons than by passed treason case of yours. The truth remains that you robbed Malawians on that day of their tax and time. Musayiwale kulembelatu makhoma a state house ndi ku capital hill kuti “mafana a headless were here” before 2019.

  26. chilombo says:

    Sakupanga respond pa public chifukwa akudziwa kuti apanga respond physically. Amukonza nkulu ameneyu ndiye inuyo pa low. Ntchito yama cadets imeneyo

  27. amakhosi mukulugenzi says:

    Comment There is no truth is this writing. Kondwani Nankhumwa kaya Nankhuni is just barking like a mad dog

  28. Bambala says:

    1. What was the condition of the late Bingu wa Muthalika when he was being flown to RSA on that day? Was he already dead or a live?
    2. Why was the name of the late President Bingu wa Muthalika’s name changed to Daniel Phiri on that fateful day?

    Unless The Hon Minister answers these very simple questions, then i can accept that the arrest of President Peter muthalika and the Midnight six was indeed Political.
    I rest my case.

  29. baggio says:

    iwe kho usamaonengati amalawi ndiosanganiza mukut simunawonoge chuma chaboma nanga magalimoro munakwelao ndi any akapena a boma?mafuta munathira galimoto ndianuso osati aboma?nanga a police anali mu nseu sanalandile Ndalama kapena munapeleka dzanu zathumba? but we ar nt breming you bt we malawian

  30. Lazalo says:

    What is a resource? Maybe if this question is answered they will understand why Malawians are making all this noise.

  31. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mr Nankhumwa you are very stupid. I repeat, you are stupid.

    When you say ‘government will abuse its powers’ what do mean? So it’s the Party that is ‘abusing the powers’ now. You able to separate the two.

    Joyce Banda is in exile after she noted that you want implicate and arrest on cash gate issues. Evidence is there that either government or the DPP produced fake Cctv reports or something to that effect.

    Is this not persecution? If she is involved, do you need act as police man yourself. Have you been in police uniform to enforce the law?

    Once again the president and yourself are making me lose interest in this govt.

  32. chivukutu says:

    YOU DPP, WHY ARE FOND OF KUKANA ZINTHU ZOTI MWACHITA. YOU SAY YOU DID NOT USE GOVERNMENT. IS THAT TRUE? WERE THE VEHICLES USED YOUR PERSONAL VEHICLES? ARE THEY NOT GOVERNMENT RESOURCES? YOU’RE REALY HEADLESS CHICKENS!

  33. Manjaaluso Phiri says:

    Learn to do what is good & right, when & how plus why.

  34. Tombolombo says:

    a Nankhumwa wa polisi amene mumayenda naye uja munamulipira za mthumba mwanu? Mwano wanuwu mudzaona polekera. Mukutiyenjeza.

  35. chitengo says:

    kodi akodwani mafuta agalimoto munagulaso ndi ndalamazanu?

  36. Patriot says:

    A Reactive Gouvernment pfffff.
    And ndani sadziwa kuti chirichonse chimene amanena Nankhukwa ndi bodza.
    Nankhumwa is mister CCTV. Alipo anayiwona cctv ya Nankhumwa? Synonym of Nankhumwa is Liar.
    Peter and friends are busy symphoning tax payers money into their greedy pockets, this is another cashgate worse than the other one, because donors had account of their monies, while the passive malawians suffer and can’t ask anybody for the account of tax payers money. The Opposition MUST get a account of how our monies were used since this gouvernment not blessed by God took power.

    By the way, after ma floods, kuli NJALA chaka chino. Malo mo uza ndalama zathu kukalemba mma khoma a ndende zimene mwakhalamo START BUYING MAIZE IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES, do not wait manja ali mkhosi. Be preventive for once.
    DPP will not harvest as much as PP did.

  37. zitsilu zina zimakhala busy kunyodza alhomwe but am a lhomwe too but what peter did that day he deserve to be headless chicken

  38. Headless Chicken says:

    Headless Chicken, Muthalikas Woyeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DPP Woyee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bolanso Joyce Banda, enawa ntchito zamanja awo zikusonyeza umbuzi wa Professor

  39. alukosyo says:

    We are not headless kindergarten kids musatipusitse bwana minister.

  40. alukosyo says:

    HEADLESS CHICKEN MINISTER KIKIKIK

  41. Galu Wa Galu says:

    Akulu akulu. Peter did no wrong. If you have been accused of something that you did not do then you will realize how painfull it is. Where is AMA a PP? Amenewo ndiye anaba ndalama. Ndalama za Ndenge zili kuti?

  42. Namalila says:

    In fact not only to earn absent from their real duty of call but they also got free monies in form of allowances.
    All government media houses would not make decisions contrary to the wish of their bosses.
    Whatever defensive mechanism you may come up with, it doesn’t make any sense. The fact that you misled our president as advisors remains.

  43. Clement says:

    Ndikutaya nthawi kulimbana ndi boma m’malo molimbikira kukonza za pa banja pako.Mulira simunati ife DPP inalowa m’magazi ndipo sinalakwitsepo olo kamodzi.Ngati mumayembekezera zinthu zaulero mwauponda mukhalira kutukwana komweko ife zathu zikuyenda.

  44. musisipala says:

    Abale mwalezela timaufuluu tachabe te democracy. Musiyeni Peter akumbukile. Zimene zinamuonekera. Siya kaduka.kodi mufuna ayendsese zukoli ndifundo/cholinga chanu? Leave Peter rule this nation.

  45. Kadakwiza says:

    A Kondwani Nankhumbwa, nkhani apa ndiya kuti tsiku limene lija anthu onse ogwira ntchito mu boma, adalandira ndalama za ulele. Kuyambira, pulezident, iwe Kondwani, ndi onse ogwira ntchito mu boma. Ulendo wopita ku ndende siunapindulire a Malawi. Boma linataya ndalama pa chabe. Ndiye nkhani yiri pano. Anthu anali kumene kuja anajomba kuyambira, pulezidentiyo mpaka onse adali kumene kuja tsiku limene lija. Wamva mulomwe iwe?

    1. GOGO says:

      Munthu wa mboma ndiye malawiyo tanenani za albino apa times bwanji

  46. Nkhombokombo says:

    This spokesperson is really a bore! I wonder if really he speaks out for the Gvt and HE the President and if he does, then we are really in deep horse shit. If he can’t see any wrong doing on this meaningless historic prison tour then definately there must be some grey matter amiss in his head. Bola kugawa nkhuku ndi mbuzi kuja! Makani opanda pache sapindura. If people observe these blunders and errors and give free advice please take heed. You can’t be the most intelligent amongst them all. Don’t be seen to be working when you are doing nothing. The imployers “the masses” are telling you that you are hauling their moneys to the dogs. MBC, Police, Press and big people from your village Capital Hill used their money, are sure? MBC is crying for SOS and suddenly the have money to spend! Ooh! my foot! I think am losing my head!

  47. Gambito mwakabasa says:

    Hitting back to Billy Mayaya and social commentators means the Dpp did not ignore the comments of the painful headless chicken govt led by a clueless nutty professor who have no time for his country but wasting public resources painting some police cells in some filthy Lumbadzi police.He is better being a painter doing some sign writing with his bad handwriting that cannot make any sales.The incompetent Nankumwa who gets paid by churning his lies for this back door govt should not waste our time.Ignoring the comments means the affected party should have remained quiet.

  48. Chatty Man says:

    you shud be ashamed of yourself! Wationjeza

  49. Bologo says:

    Koma pulezident WA Malawi ndie fisi weni-weni ndipo ndakhulupilila kuti sukulu imachotsa umbuli komano siingachotse uchitsilu. Atupele naye apanga yake anniversary poti nayenso anamangidwa ndi kangwazi,ndipo tonse omwe tinamangidwa tikalemba makoma a malo omwe tinasungidwako. ATI professor? Zaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  50. Angoni Kwayeneya says:

    Nankhumwa is one greatest lier we have in our midst. What proof is he giving us that no government money was used? Why does he think we are all kindergarten goers? Is he not the same guy who lied about the CCTV footage of JB and Lutepo?? Malawians let us wake up from our slumber.

  51. Fathara says:

    KKKKKKKKKKK MUKAZAWINA MUZAZIWONA MENE ZIMAKOMELAMO. IFE A DPP NDIYE TINATHANA NAZO, PANO TIMANGONVA MONI NDI ODI. OTUKWANA ZITUKWANANI. NDIKUKUNVESANI KULILA KWANU KWA MALILO AZISAKHO, INGOLIMBANI NTIMA. 2019 TIKUWINANSO. INU TAZICHEDWANI NDIKULEMBA ZOTUKWANZO IFE TIKUKONZEKELA ZA 2019. TIZAKUZIZIMUSANISO SIMUZANVESA. NDIKUFUNA NDIKUWUZENI DPP ILIPAMENEPA ZAKA ZINA ZIKUBWELA 60 KUSOGOLOKO MUSOVA. MAYAYA ANA A SCHOOL AKUSOKONEZA MUTU NDI MASACHET KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK.

  52. mukamayakhula mudzidziwa amalawi siwupusa galimoto munayenda zinali za manu,malasi asilikali ndi ena munakatenga kwanu,thawi ya mbc munalipila take care when ur talking to malawians angafeso ifa yowawa ngati yawina uja

  53. Alomwe Puffin Marijuana (APM) says:

    A Kondwani, zimenezo muziuza anthu achipani chanu cha DPP ndi alomwe anzanu aku Thyolo. Who can believe that lie. Do you think all of us are as headless a people as those of phalombe belt.

  54. Kenkkk says:

    Govt resources are always used in one form or another whenever or wherever the president or senior politicians go. Just take security costs for that day. Also transport costs. Did they use their own private security or cars? I doubt very much!! They all forget these simple but obvious costs to the tax payer. Also they missed office work that day but they will still be paid full day salary for skivying and writing graffiti in a jail.

    So please stop lying about not using govt resources!!! Speak to your economic or financial advisors who could have told you about the many govt resources or costs incurred in that useless and wasteful day. We also haven’t even counted the costs of the many economic activities disruptions your entourage caused that day.

    Just swallow your pride and keep quiet as our president always does in such situations. Just follow your leader.

  55. abductor says:

    Mavuto ndiwosayamba amalawi anzanga

  56. Tengupenya says:

    State security and the convoy were not government resources. Iri nde bodza.

  57. njolomachipilingu says:

    Nankhumwa do not think that we Malawians are fools, there is no way MBC can cover such event voluntarily without being forced.Some of us know how MBC operates. They were told to cover this foolish function.You can not cheat us

  58. roots says:

    Anduna opepera Boma lopepela, President Opepela what should we expect from them?

  59. ine says:

    Boma la ndani lomwe linavomerezapo, the good thing is, even dogs know what happens during these functions.

  60. Atcheya says:

    Another headless minister!!! Only in your stupidiest dream can you talk of a presidential function where public resources are not used. Does the minister know that even people like himself, the prison guards at the event, the vehicles usef are all public resources?? Headless chickens!!!!

  61. This day ought to be declared public holiday
    Kuti Billy Mayaya aphulike zenizeni

  62. Afumu Phiri says:

    Chitsiru ichi, how come mbava za DPP to use they resources, ife tinawona magalito a Boma atanyamula zithitsiru za dpp, lero ichi chidziti fwefwe

  63. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    Headless chicken indeed….kikikikikiki!!!

  64. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    I am pig sick of people, like Mayaya, who think occupying a platform is a license to verbally abuse others; especially if the “others” are politicians the abuser doesn’t like.
    APM will NOT be felled by these kind of sucker punches. And he’s wise not to respond to ignorant “name calling”. Otherwise he would be bringing himself to the level of Mayaya’s intellectual bankruptcy.

    1. njolomachipilingu says:

      Iwe Nyani waku Mwananyani or whatever they call you, you to stay quite if you have nothing to say or you will end being labelled another “Headless Peter” ok.

  65. mzimwale says:

    your response Nankhumwa just show how headless you and Peter are. What about writing on police and prison cell walls? is it now accepted in Malawi?

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