Malawi Government has expressed concern over some commentators who have “deliberately twisted” the remarks made by President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika regarding the experience he went through when he was arrested for treason charges during the Joyce Banda administration.
President Mutharika shared his experience on his arrest some couple of weeks ago during public rallies he held in the three regions of the country.
Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa, said in an interview that it is true that Mutharika has been making public statements explaining about “the hell” he went through prior to the 20 May Tripatite Elections.
He said: “Let the people of Malawi know that President Mutharika went through hell, he experienced extremely difficult and tough times when he got arrested.”
Nankhumwa said that, however despite the fact that people might be aware of the unbearable conditions the president went through, their explanations might be different because of their personal reasons and objectives behind their arguments.
The information Minister further explained: “What we know is that the President wanted to clearly elaborate what was happening within the prison walls, police cells and some motives of other people behind his arrest.”
He said he finds it very unfortunate to see some commentators deliberately misinterpreting his remarks regarding prison experience as a drag towards the acts of vengeance.
Nankhumwa, however, pointed out that in his inaugural speech the President declared that there will be no vengeance of any kind.
“Let me therefore assure the nation and the interested parties that there will be no time for vengeance, what President Prof. Mutharika is doing right now is just to bring to light so that people should know what he went through during the time of his arrest,” said Nankhumwa.
He therefore gave an example of the late former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela who in his book titled “Long Walk to Freedom” explained in detail what exactly he went through when he was in prison.
The Minister wondered as to why president Mutharika while explaining more less the same scenario some people should connect his ordeal to vengeance.–Mana
He said the president is busy strategizing plans of national importance in order to have his objectives of transforming the country’seconomy fulfilled.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :