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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PHODO
Guest

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 ,

Tchende la pitala
Guest

Mbuzi pitala

A Thini
Guest

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

chie
Guest

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.

gladwell phiri
Guest

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

ntchende la pitala
Guest

Stupid government

Ngongoliwa
Guest

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

Omex70
Guest

Nankhumwa, stupid spokesman for the government.

Chinyopiro
Guest

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dick
Guest

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

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