Malawi opposition dismiss ‘coup’ talk

Opposition leaders in Malawi have rejected claims that there is a plot to oust President Peter Mutharika.

Menyani: Coup fiction

Menyani: Coup fiction

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) said allegations that its leader plans to overthrow Mutharika’s government is “fiction.”

Chakwera is said to be in state intelligence notes uncovering coup and that plotters have set June 2016 as the deadline to have President Mutharika toppled.

“We have no intention to overthrow the government,” MCP public relations officer Alekeni Menyani said.

He said MCP rejects “in the strongest possible terms” the allegations.

The allegations also implicate international community including United States diplomat Virginia Palmer as aiding the plot for hosting meetings at her official residence.

US officials dismissed the claims and accusations as “ludicrous”.

The United States says it only supports political transitions that are democratic, constitutional, peaceful and legal.

Umodzi Party president Peter Chisi also trashed the allegations that there are  plans of destabilization and coup against Mutharika government.

Chisi told a local radio that it was “laughable and discreditable”that the international community is being linked to the  said plot.

He said the coup report is a mischievous propaganda claim which he suspects to be advanced by the state machinery.

The coup talk had also received a condemnation by Malawians in general.

Social-media and comments on Nyasa Times story show Malawians denounce the claims.

“This is unfortunate. Oh yes, Professor Peter Mutharika has failed, but to overthrow him? Ah no. Malawians don’t need such madness. What Malawians need right now is for the professor to resign. He doesn’t, and then we start revolution,” reads  in part a comment posted on Nyasa Times by a reader  under the name Kadakwiza.

A Facebook status by Lloyd M’bwana in part reads: “Please, Mr. President and your questionable aides do not divert us from economic mess you have inflicted on Malawians with the staged plot that the opposition parties with support from US Embassy wanting to remove you on that hot seat…

“Malawians want maize in ADMARC, Malawians want electricity tariffs to be lower, Malawians want the Kwacha to be stable, Malawians want drugs and food in public hospital and Malawians want reduction in inflation rate. This madness won’t take your leadership anywhere but witnessing what transpired in 2011-2012. We want solutions now not this raw deal.”

Sitinga Kachipande wrote on her  Facebook page that the information relied in the coup story was highly questionable: “Seriously, this sounds like utter nonsense that probably can’t be proven.”

Meanwhile , Nyasa Times understands that security officers have launched an investigation into  the coup allegations and stepped-up surveillance to opposition leaders.

Chisi said investigating the report  is nonsensical and warned the report would harm Malawi’s relations with its cooperating partners implicated.

The government spokesperson and police have, however, refused to comment on the issue.

President Mutharika and his government have in recent months been receiving criticism over the country’s continued economic hardships.

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tsetsefly
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tsetsefly
7 months 18 days ago

APM simply walk out. Malawi is fed up with you and your team of idiots. No amount of propaganda will bring maize in admarc depots. Accept that you joined a trade that you have no idea about. Uchoke uchoke.

G.Phiri
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G.Phiri
7 months 19 days ago

kumanamizila zinthu zobweretsa udani pakati pa anthu ndi tchimo larikulu kwambiri.Amfumu muli pa menepo mpaka kutha kwa nthawi yobvomeleka.Mabvuto adziko siainu nokha ai.Aitaneni anzanu mukambirane zochita onse ochokela m’magulu osiyanasiyana mosasankha kuti muchepetse mabvuto achulukawa.Tatopa ndikuwonelera ujetu wa zipani pamene miyoyo ya anthu ikupuluka.Dzichepetseni kuti mulungu akukwezeni.

chikondi Magombo
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chikondi Magombo
7 months 19 days ago

This is the sign that the President and his government have failed. The best is to pave way for others for the better of the nation

Kenneth Kiyare
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Kenneth Kiyare
7 months 20 days ago

Comment reserved

Fafhi akshehab
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7 months 20 days ago
Ths plo sfort us unbeliveable particulary from state inelligsncs led by ndau.its propaganda and fhd involvemsnr of us diplomate loughable fod what motive. Inhnso mukunsn za ths south being neglectsd by mcp not tdue ths fisrt univesity was put there, so ths sugad company and david whitehead and tarmac road fron chinkwaaa m1 tdu bt to lla anx laksshore road.chanco ilikuti kamuzu stadium inali kuti, amens anawinonga si chaid anuwo panopa aom aanuyo.jb tried sort problma anamulakwitsa ndi omwewa so called auds a mpwiyo. Lutdpo. Kasambara etc, kodi mukadali mtulo, kaacha tsooano kwacha tigwire nnctito ya mkw.ngakha nkhani yamu mcl… Read more »
Cash Gate
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Cash Gate
7 months 20 days ago

bomali lagwa kale, ndi mantha amenewo

shadreck Masauko
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shadreck Masauko
7 months 20 days ago

He must go we tired with him, no maize,no medicine,he must resighn now is the time my fellow malawian

Dikisan
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Dikisan
7 months 20 days ago

Mulibe nkhani KKKK. Muone mavuto mulinawo usati zopusa zomwe mukunena.

wakumuyi
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wakumuyi
7 months 20 days ago
Waku Mutchesi Kujaaaaa! I think you don’t understand what propaganda is all about. APM and his friends are doing all this to divert our attention from the current problems and concentrate on the so called armature plan to overthrow government as propagated by APM and his fellas. Do you think it is practical for the opposition with the help of development partners to overthrow the government. Do you think UK and USA would stoop so low to do such an abomination? It is really sad for each and every propaganda the government has people like you qho believe in every… Read more »
wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!!
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wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!!
7 months 20 days ago
1. The author of that piece proclaiming a coup d’etat is utterly irresponsible. Enough to incite civil unrest: maybe that was the primary objective. (He’s lucky times have changed, as he would have been fed, alive, to the Nile crocks by now during the times of you know who.) 2. MCP’s denial is not sufficient to douse the umber, especially in the South. Not because APM comes from there; but because that region was probably most marginalized by that dictator, Kamuzu Banda, and his MCP. Majority in the South do not want to see that Party rule the country again.… Read more »
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