JB, APM relationship: Mutharika suffering from a hang-mentality

In an interview that President Peter Mutharika gave to New African magazine, he summarized his relationship with former presiden  Joyce Banda as “not good”. Among the reasons that Mutharika gave for the seemingly frosty relationship with his predecessor was a cocktail of the same old suspect stories.Loose cannon

He said Joyce Banda did not attend his inauguration; that Joyce Banda did not attend the national celebrations to mark 50 years of independence opting to fly to South Africa instead. The President also accused JB of systematically victimizing his family by, among other things, arresting him for treason. She was accused of failing to hand over to Mutharika the badge for SADC as Malawi was holding the SADC chairmanship that time.

This is not the first time Mutharika has accused his predecessor of many things – the same things – and it appears the shadow boxing between him and his predecessor is now just about to graduate into another phase – the second phase.

In the first phase, Joyce Banda played the role of a sitting duck soaking up a barrage of criticisms and insults and basically taking everything in her stride. It appears that is not the case anymore. Joyce Banda of a second phase is beginning to stand her own ground and fighting with a particular sting.

Mutharika and his team are now beginning to realize they will not just insult the former president without getting a sharp reprimand in return. Recently, when the DPP government through Minister of Information, Kondwani Nankhumwa, accused the former president of killing Bingu wa Mutharika, Joyce Banda returned the favour in equal measure accusing the DPP government of systematic persecution and harboring sinister ambitions on her life. It looks like we ain’t seen nothing yet.

For starters, of all the charges laid on Mutharika, the treason charges are the one that looked more real that time and still look real today. Was he not part of the conspiracy that tried to block a constitutional order? Mutharika was only saved by the ‘bell’ and must be thankful for the turn of events.

To continue talking about this arrest in the thread of persecution is a continuous insult to well-meaning Malawians. These treason charges may one day resurrect to haunt Mutharika when he is no longer President. The issue of the MK61 billion worth of assets as we know was brought into the public domain by Yeremiah Chihana after he was engaged to profile the assets of Bingu wa Mutharika.

Malawians have also not forgotten how Mutharika used his privilege as the President’s brother to unfairly purchase for himself a house from Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) in Nyambadwe at rock-bottom prices. This hardly constitutes any basis for Mutharika to continuously claim that he was persecuted under the People’s Party (PP) regime based on politics.

It hardly deserves to be any basis for a whole ruling party to peddle lies, including faking CCTV footage and manufacture propaganda to the extent that Joyce Banda killed Bingu wa Mutharika with using word-of-mouth. Is Peter Mutharika trying to garner public sympathy? For what?

It appears that Joyce Banda bashing is becoming a popular and default narrative for the State House. It is also clear that Mutharika and cronies have run out of alternatives to the Joyce Banda story. It is the only story.

Where was it written in the Republican constitution that any Head of State must physically hand over the sword to their successors? The sword handover ceremony is meant to be a gesture of symbolism to depict transfer of power from one State President to another, but the absence of a former President to hand over the sword to a successor does not in any way constitute a constitutional offence.

The famous (or is it infamous) Kamuzu Banda did not physically hand over the sword to Bakili Muluzi in 1994 and, talkative and jocular as Muluzi was, he never made too much bones about the issue. He moved on and went on to govern the country.

Muluzi handed over the sword to Bingu wa Mutharika because they had a gentleman’s agreement and all seemed rosy between them before that spectacular fall. The same cannot be said about Mutharika and Joyce Banda.

Congratulating Mutharika on being declared President was enough that JB could have done under those circumstances. Is Mutharika thinking about the insults and derogatory songs DPP women were throwing in the air about Joyce Banda on that day? Is he intoning that the former President should have handed over the sword under an environment of insults and verbal tirade from his DPP apologists?

The former President also explained that the SADC badge was stolen together with other items at State House, but Mutharika, again, chose to use this as an opportunity to slur the former president in his interview with New African magazine. This, to say the least, is pretty petty and obviously not presidential.

Mutharika’s continuous use of the sword analogy to underline Joyce Banda’s alleged insubordination to his administration has evidently lost its colour and verve. It comes across as just a Trojan horse meant to search for an alibi for her persecution. It is high time the president comes comes-off his hang mentality about Joyce Banda and focus on the business of running the country. This type of rambling only feed into the clanging and clutter his DPP government has become to be known for.

“I think we agree, the past is over. ”  ― George W. Bush

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37 thoughts on “JB, APM relationship: Mutharika suffering from a hang-mentality”

  1. dochima says:

    If JB killed Bingu, bravo! Paja adafika Bingu paja tikadafa ndifetu. Nkwabwino kufa m’modzi kusiyana ndi anthu ambiri. Ndiye ‘thank you JB’ God bless you. What Malawians should ask JB is to kill Peter now before it’s too late. Malawians won’t regret.

  2. GEITO says:

    Enough of JB please Peter! after the rambling what do you expect JB to do then so you can move on? Mamumuna samapepela chonchi Mr. President Sir, please be a man

  3. Agatha banda says:

    It’s better Peter mtarika,must stop disturbing, the former President joice banda, he has to stop these stupid allegations apon j. B, now everything has completely gone down, Malawians have finally regretted to have such kind of President, and it’s better joice banda tried to rule this country if anything happens to joice banda we r going to know that Peter mtarika has a hand in her, and this will indicate that demonstrations wouldn’t ran away from Malawi, we Malawian still have sympathetic conditions over bingu wamtarika because he tried to rule this country peacefully, he Mets people’s needs, and we are sorry for Peter mtarika misbehavior, he has broken the Constitutions of Malawi, leave joice banda alone focus on development of the country

  4. clement says:

    It was very valid for APM to be arrested for treason. Those were not trumped up charges. A comsion of inquiry headed by a judge said it all. No one cud doubt Gen Odillo’s testimony. Even Henry Mussa apologized on tv that his mind had been a bit confused due to the death of Bingu. Bingu’s death was concealed for 3 days. Was given ‘Daniel Phiri’ name and then APM says the charges were faked. No no. On this one JB was very right to arrest you. In fact, u better be clever. Mulandu suwola. In 4 or 9 years you will be out of office. Ndikanakhala ine I wud hv pushed for trial, and then acquittal while the sun still shines

  5. Tcheso man says:

    Wachifwamba akakutukwana pokuthamangitsa dziwa kuti ameneyo wakulephera!!! So Peter nzeru zamuthera

  6. MisheCk Anderson says:

    Osamalimbana naye JB becouse muzingotaya nthawi naye apa. Mmalo moti muyendese dziko komanso we re shameful becouse you can se how things are going in Malawi. Dzinthu dzingokwera dairy ngati mulibe oyendesa /Oyanganira ngati president.

  7. Why wasting time with ill things I think you have run out of ideas JB should not be escape goat guys do your job fighting JB won’t help anything otherwise mugopusa nazo and you will be ashamed you have failed to run the country

  8. nkasimunguya chinankasanganye says:

    Just forget everything and grab the steering, ngat zikuvuta apatsen anzanu. Ndinkangokuonanitu, munkaona ngat Bingu amasewela pamenepo!!!!!

  9. Joseph Moyo says:

    i dont think apm can harm jb he doesnt hav tit for tat what ever he said about jb was reaction any human being can make.its unfortunate jb is away why?this shows somewhere she did something wrong.bwanj chair amatakakhala kunja anthu akat sazabwera amabwera ndipo atolankhani amawauza kwathu nkumalawi nanga maiwabwanj?

  10. mandevu says:

    Find means to strengthen our kwacha mr president before its too late. Leave masteni and concentrate on governing this country

  11. Atambwali sametana says:

    I dont understand why JB gives them sleepless nights. Mathanyula and your ignorant crew the ball is in your hands, play it. Boma mumalilir a lija ndilimenelo. The kwacha is on a free fall, quality of living has significantly deteriorated, health care system is in the toilets, educational system is in shambles, You have a full plate.

  12. Jelbin mk says:

    Mr munthalika kusowa mano kusakhale kusowa nzelu you are too obsessed with JB and yet we all know that JB turned things around within 100 days she had put in place plans for economic recovery which inuyo mukukanika kusi yha zinthu kwa Chaka cha thunthu.

  13. Mhesha says:

    Mtumbuka saona chabwino cha Mlomwe. ..Even if the latter allows the former to rule this country. ..he the former will never applicate. Mtumbuka. …

  14. Alungwana says:

    APM is the most dull and dumb president Malawi has never had and I wish we shall never have another APM. Lazy as he is and even without any point to speak and is unable to just tell Malawians the solutions of all the troubles Malawians are facing.

  15. Telling the Truth says:

    DPP is the party that brought Malawi to its knees by April 2012. However Joyce Banda made many serious blunders which gave room to DPP to come back. Her choice of a runningmate Nthumbidwa Sosten Gwengwe was one of the blunders just as her failure to quickly institute a forensic audit into the K92billion DPP cashgate.She also was mistaken to believe that most women would vote for her. Many of her ardent opponents were women. She also failed to bring into party and government fresh, clean faces preferring recycled and tired politicians.So DPP is back with its misrule. There is no new vision, policy and strategy to transform this country. While neighbouring countries are prospering Malawi is sinking economically and political intimidation is rising. It is almost impossible to believe that Peter Mutharika spent many years in the Uni.ted States of America-the centre of genuine democracy.

  16. enidziko says:

    This will not stop until this mediocrity administration behave and act like one.Eish!!!

  17. Amongst all Malawi President Bingu was a real president we lose seriously the guy was intelligent wise and focuseda, the only problem he made was to marry and things went sour, but for our current leader seemz he depend on advisors and he can’t make he’s decision as Bingu.we still support you as our Leader show strong leadership skills don’t be quiet on anything of national important just bcoz silence z golden, nay!

  18. Clement mwale says:

    It is very interesting to hear what is been said, who is Joyce Banda if I may ask.

  19. Blessed Banda says:

    Peter and DPP gurus do not have moral authority to rule Malawi. They hid the death of the founder of the party and hence distorted the history of Malawi with Bingu’s death have two different dates. What kind of a leader is this one? Too obssed for poiwer yet without any vision on how to run government affairs. His admission that he wakes up everyday and looks at issues at the table and try to isolate issues and non issues summarises a leader without vision. Bingu was a man. I fully supported him. He was a leader but this one is a total flop.

  20. chigumula says:

    The more you talk about JB, the more you make the country believe that you fear her. Sometimes we create heroes ourselves by the stupid way we handle some simple situations.

    If it was not for you elder brother talking veil about JB and sidelining her in all government functions, do you think she could have become as popular as she did? The masses went ahead and sympathized with her to the extent that she got so popular helping JB to fight Bingu. Since at that time people were also tired of what your late brother was doing; Giving meaningless speeches, insulting activists, journalists and other politicians on the public podium.

    The verbal diarrhoea probably runs in the family.

  21. Alufeyo says:

    We dont need Chilima bambo Kanyimbi we need leaders who are humble and dont travel in a large convoy with sirens blarring as if they are in an ambulance. We have too many orators its time for proven development gurus not empty tins like Mateyu Chikaonda who has destroyed Press. Zauchitsiru basi.

  22. pat says:

    Nyasatimes, what would you lose if a day passed without writing something bad about the president. Please know this that its God who allows rulers to rule, whether they are bad to or not. If God didn’t want, he wouldn’t have allowed Peter to win. So whether he is your choice or not he is still your president and you ought to respect him or you will be fighting with Him who makes rulers.

  23. Gracian says:

    Olo munyoze ndi president wathube basi ndipo alamulira mpaka 2024.

  24. makito says:

    Thom, thumbs up. Keep on banging the wall, maybe, just maybe, someone in DPP will listen.

  25. Edwin Mwalwen says:

    This so-called president is completely nonsense.
    He is talking about treason, stupid!
    Then wat d u think was it?
    D u think we have 4gtten?
    JB,is indd to blame, as y she dd nt tek ur case seriously?
    Bt neva think dat u r 3,u will mit it,stupid once again.
    We don’t eat politics, we r tired of ur life style.
    Can’t u c Chilima?
    New & young in politics, bt acting and behaving maturedly.

    Luk at death,it jst came & robd us Mr Nyodo,leaving u destroying the country.
    It is my wish that u depart so quickly probably b4 2019 so that Saulos tel lead.
    D u think by criticizing each other then u r building the country?
    We don’t nid JB or politics, bt economic revamp.Wake up,stupid!

  26. Kaka says:

    APM, they call you, i don’t mind. You’ve been in office for a year and some months with nothing tangible. You are busy telling total lies to the media instead of doing actual work on the ground to prove your capabilities. Don’t drive the Malawians minds away from what we expect you to do as President. Our economy is in a very bad shape among other pertinent issues but you are busy telling people and the media about your stupidity. It was valid for you to be arrested for treason. The constitution is very clear on Presidents who are incompetent like yourself. “RESIGN IF YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE”….. Period!!!!!!!

  27. Chimbunga says:

    Keep it up Thom.

  28. kanyimbi says:

    What we Malawians want is economic progress and not political insults from the political parties. We want people like Chilima.

  29. sir bentby says:

    peter bikiloni muthalika, is a flop, he is a mis-fit to the presidency office, he does nothing but blaming other for no apparent reasons. a disgrace to Malawians at large

  30. ngangaube says:

    Apa ndiye walemba Thom auze murupwana ameneyu. This guy is idiotic let him run Malawi and not be obsessed with insulting JB. They are failing running the affairs of state. Indeed let this deaf and dumb guy stop the hang mentality.

  31. Masharubu says:

    To be brutally honest, Peter Mutharika is a complete waste of time . I can’t wait for his stay at State House to come to an end .

  32. moyenda says:

    noisy article, not balanced in language selection and motive

  33. Professor Mwanaveka-Cypress University says:

    In fact nkhani ya treason iwe Pitara and your mid night six gurus stop talking about it. Milandu siwola. What you were doing you guys the mid night six aka political thugs was treasonous. You could have turned this country into bloodshed. In our constitution its not closer or written that when the president dies, his brother shud take over power. Never and ever shall that be included in our laws. So stop that treason cry baby. In fact JB goofed for not jailing you. Nayeso kaya chinamulodza ndi chani? But what you Pitara Arifa Mutharika and your bootlickers were doing that night was un called for and uzombie usavi first class.

    Navoso viwa nthu va ku South kumavotera these thugs into government? By same token southerners are also THUGS. THEY DONT WISH THIS COUNTRY WELL

  34. mmm says:

    kkkkkkk eti zolankhula zake ngati mwana eti kkkkkk
    JB knows kuti the statement on peace was fake.

  35. Nyasosera says:

    Hahahaa Thom. Kuli bwanji ku UK? Koma anthu inu mukulemba za negative za DPP and its leaders. Koma zili boo. Ever since JB akumakwezedwa and this leadership kumayitsitsa kk. Thus Nyasa Times i know. Mwina ndimaso anga wokha akuona izi

  36. fodya says:

    Nkhani za a President ndi JB zatopetsa, timve zina bwanji. The same old stories aaa

  37. Mafeel says:

    Shame 2 blue god and his worshippers.

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