Malawi President trashes Kudontoni, warns overzealous DPP zealots

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday fired a warning shot at overzealous political figure heads in Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who stand tall talking issues which at the end of the day would bring tension and damage ‘good reputation of the ruling Party and the government.’

Kudontoni: Trashed for his intimidatory remarks

Kudontoni: Trashed for his intimidatory remarks

The President’s comment comes in the wake of remarks made by DPP Secretary General Ecklen Kudontoni T meeting in Mzuzu that all national statutory corporations’ CEOs must support the government without question.

Mutharika has asked government officials and DPP members to refrain from making comments that mischaracterise the views of the Head of State and the beliefs of the DPP with regard to how Malawi must move forward.

The presidency assured that the policy of the Mutharika administration to separate between functions of State and partisan politics has not changed.

Mutharika has since disassociated himself from remarks made by Kudontoni.

“Accordingly, Government wishes to disassociate itself from any statement, made or implied, allegedly on its behalf or on behalf of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that removes or relaxes what must be a clearly marked separation between State affairs and partisan functions of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP),” said Mutharika in a statement.

“Such statements do not represent the policy stand of His Excellency the President and his administration nor do they reflect the views and beliefs of the DPP,” he added.

Mutharika has since called upon public workers to ignore any statement that aims at intimidating them or dissuading them performing their duties according to their expertise and professionalism.

Mutharika says only professionalism and ethics must be the creed for public workers, not partisan exigencies, political patronage or hegemony.

Kudontoni has since exercised spin on what he said in Mzuzu, saying he was “misunderstood.”

He made the remarks come at the DPP meeting amid the removal of district commissioners (DCs), council chief executive officers (CEOs) and other officials in senior government positions.

Chancellor College associate professor of political science Blessings Chinsinga said civil servants should not be victimised for not supporting DPP.

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49 thoughts on “Malawi President trashes Kudontoni, warns overzealous DPP zealots”

  1. Victim Chamkhuni says:

    Appeasement. Silencing those who matter to hide our corrupt deeds. That’s why Lilongwe City bosses buy very expensive cars for the new mayor and his deputy while they cannot pay wages to city workers, cannot render services in the city and cannot generally develop the city. The CEO (HARA) AND HIS FINANCE DIRECTOR (SIBANDE) are at the centre of financial mismanagement, theft and grabbing of plots in the city. Please government, get rid of the duo for Lilongwe to progress

  2. Gameover says:

    The fact is that Kudontoni is speaking the real truth because from the point of facts Kudontoni is very right only that we Malawians prefer to hear what we think is right while in reality its completely different let’s take for an example the way our own MBC is operating can we say its a government’s institution or its a property of a party and everybody there who is not wearing the DPP flag is flushed ruthlessly so why the whole president wasting time to refute Kudontoni’s speech? while to a capable person who is 100% in thinking capacity already concluded that Kudontoni was speaking what is already in operational and wanted just to extend to those who are still doubting

  3. chosatheka says:

    KUDONTONI, IT LOOKS LIKE YOUR TIME IS UP. PACK YOUR BAGS AND GO TO AVOID THE EMBARACEMENT OF BEING SACKED.

  4. kadokera says:

    APM please fire this idiot

  5. Trueworths says:

    APM, replace him, he is power drunk.

  6. Omex70 says:

    Ife tidanena kale kuti a Kudontoni angokula mutu koma nzeru alibe.

  7. DPP cadate says:

    Politics on its move! fire him to prove your faithfulness to the citizens of Malawi.

  8. ambia says:

    I stand to be corrected.
    To my understanding, its Nankhumwa who speaks on behalf of the party and everything that concerns the party. There are people in the party you can not control their mouths like Kudontoni until they goof.

    Are you surprised? Kabwira spoke and it was deemed too as the party has spoken only to hear letter and late that what kabwira said was her personal view? and real sense was that Kabwira spoke her views not that of the MCP.
    This time is kudontoni who spoke on the party’s not government function; but he is neither party’s mouthpiece nor government’s, but why would a Malawi loving citizen choose to use this as party’s views?
    Is it true we malawian deliberately take the negative while the positive side of it is there untouched?
    Now our arrogance flourishes like flowers and we promote it like good yet its stupid. And it has spread everywhere that we are fools for not talking good of our nation though it is there. Lets be patriotic by atleast promote malawi not stupidity. Lets learn to solve our issues amicably as family.
    We all understand and know the truth that Nankhumwa is the party’s mouthpiece and what he speaks are the views of the party not of himself as an individual and also he himself knows that doing contrary to this will cost his job and reputation too. and again he speaks on behalf of peter himself. To those of us who understand this will agree with me that what nankhumwa has done is reporting and therefore no
    need then that one can ask trash like that of mr Analyst?
    How can you ask a reporter {nankhumwa} the question “why couldn’t the statement say MY but instead His?
    Folks! Which school did this analyst go, How do you report what your father or mother says?
    In the bible i take Moses as an example reported to the jews in this way “God says to you Israel so so so this and that” not that way mr analyst wants us to hear.
    The president has openly and audibly said through his spokesperson mr nankhumwa that what mr kudontoni spoke does not please the president and its not what the dpp government wish to associate itself to.

    We the forks then must argue on this statement not on who is saying it yet the radio and the newspaper has already solved it saying its The President through mr nankhumwa his spokesperson.
    Lets be constructive not destructive. This is our malawi and there will be no other malawi just as Soldier Lucious Banda says.

    Sometimes its good to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool than to speak and remove the doubt of it all. Mr kudontoni has his problem of not watching his mouth as we all have leaned and we must also be careful of falling into or be the kudontonis.

  9. Chidzukulu cha Akwitusya says:

    U have taken too long To respond why is it that u did not know. Where o start or is I the same silence that u do when things rot in your house kkkk

  10. MBACHI says:

    Comment” WE DO NOT WANT THIS KUDONTONI IN OUR DPP ANY MORE. MR PRESIDENT REMOVE HIM.

  11. Masanje says:

    I will take it with a pinch of salt. Who was he representing when he had a bout of verbal diarrhea???

  12. Nyepeliwa says:

    On u him a medal and agreed with the statement he made in mzuzu in ur own we heard and saw it mbc tv on 11 march 2015 che pitala tayesani osamaziluma nkamwa

  13. Zikundu says:

    Thumb up Mr. President!

  14. Embarrassingly nuts,DPP Not organised and no question about that! kk! akudowo nde munawajambula atabalarika

  15. “NOW YOUR TALKING,MR PRESIDENT.KEEP IT UP”

  16. Dumisani says:

    But why did u give him an award few days after his verbal diarrhea in Mzuzu? You would have tactically skipped him even though you had already planned just to show your intolerance of nosense. DPP is the most unrepentant party, history repeats itself but please the cycle should not be this short, 3 years mwayiwala kale?

  17. Mphongo Zidana says:

    These are the reforms the APM Government has always been preaching about. What Kudontoni was talking about is the implementation stage.

  18. Mphadwe says:

    Mr Analyst ndiwe mbuli yotherathu sudziwa kuti chomwe walankhula kuti President amalankhula kudzera maganizo ake kudzera kwa Minister wa information even Obama in USA its the same unatenga ka JCE kobera utibvute nako pano Mbuzi yamunthu pita nawo uko umbuli wako usatinyase nawo pano.

  19. Wakwithu says:

    This headless APM is a liar because CEOs are busy supporting DPP cronies go to CMST and see what the CEO feston Kaupa has done giving Sam Zuze an accountant to head procurement coz the guy is related to the first lady. The CEO also bulldosed the system to pay fees for Sam Zuze for his masters at MIM. Dont think we are fools!

  20. Nkhope yonyasayo a kudontoni

  21. Jelbin mk says:

    Good stuff Mr president keep it up and do the same with corruption as well condemn it by kick starting the forensic audit into the 92+billion and the NACgate

  22. Bwitoto says:

    Mwagenda katauluka tamva tamva basi. Inu ma CEO chenjerani munthuyu ndi camelion akupwetekani ndiiiiiithu!!!!!!

  23. Tikuona says:

    Ok ! Ndikukayika kuti the president who has openly displayed happines with hand clappers can say such a thing lyk distancing himself from Kudontoni’s remarks. Dictators r happy wth heiro worshpng, praise songs & hand clapping. Tell me what APM doesnt likeeee TIKUPENYA

  24. Trim Kudontoni to the right size so that he learns to think before talking.

  25. Buba says:

    Let us not cheat ourselves Malawians with what the president said in disassociating himeslf from the Kudontoni statement. I always believe that for someone to gather courage to say something of that nature on the podium it means it was pre-discussed in the inner circle meetings where possibly the president was present. He must have approved of the decision if indeed he was present at this meet. There is no way an elderly person like Kudontoni could just wake up that day telling himself that he would say such a statement. I am very sure Mr./Dr. Kudontoni got this from some meeting. So let us not just believe anything. scrutinise the facts first.

    Now this Kudontoni guy is really daring. Honestly I have not seen such a show of bravery! A lot of people are on him because of that statement even the president reaching a point of disassociating himself from the statement. Now Kudontoni bravery comes in this way. He says he was misunderstood; this means that even the president (who is disassociating himself from that particular statement) misunderstood him. Hey! This a rare show of boldness and bravery, even telling the president “even Your Excellency…did not understand me.”

    Kudontoni is very brave and daring!

  26. bentby smart says:

    Is there a president in malawi? I heard you have a headless chicken……..

  27. Mwena Malawi Origin says:

    Chichotseni Chidontonicho basi mwakumana naye 40 yrs in USA. If deep down from ur President I can say SALUTE you keep it up. Vi madvisor vina vimaononga President muvionenso bwino.

  28. kumunda says:

    If the president and the DPP are serious they should let this guy go. This will show how serious they are.

  29. Patriot says:

    Kudontoni sangalankhule mauwo pa iye yekha, anamutuma ndi pulezidenti wake uja amakalemba ku lumbadzi kuja.

  30. nyasi zanu says:

    Commenta bit nosense why not removing hm as a secrtary general

  31. Maungu Acha says:

    Thank you Sir. Very mature politics. Go a step further

  32. Nam'bwibwi says:

    Munamutuma kudonto kuti kenako mubwele ndi kutsutsa kuti zimenezi ndi zake komano pansi pantima mukudziwa kuti munakonza ndipo zichitika,samakudziwani atambwali a Dpp ndi ndani?

  33. matako m'mwamba says:

    Musatipusitse apa zanu ndi zimodzi, mukuyesa ngati sitikudziwa. Munachita kumutuma ndiye musamukanire apa.

  34. P Y B says:

    I SALUTE YOU MR PRESIDENT WE DO NOT WANT THE LIKE OF KACHIMBWINDAS THAT TIME IS OVER

  35. Gondona says:

    Kill this kudontoni kind of man. He is a threat to national unity and freedom of association

  36. Tombolombo says:

    Too late bwana. Where have you been all this time? Fire him if you are serious.

  37. GUANTANAMO says:

    Kudontoni’s best place is Branch chairman of dpp of his district. Kodi a DPP alibe anthu anzeru? Mpaka Kudontoni kukhala secretry gen wa Chipani cholamula!

  38. Hot Iron says:

    Atumizeni ku sukulu a Kudontoniwo mwina angazindikire bwino kusiyanitsa pa za chipani ndi boma. Or is it the headless chicken issue?

  39. Kaidi says:

    FWE fwe fwe…..they are towing the line from you Petuloooo!

  40. enala chipandwe says:

    That’s the way to go mr Pres!

  41. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Thanks for clarification on this issue, however I still don’t understand why you didn’t say about NACgate and the withdrawal of Global Fund.

    Are you deliberately selective?

  42. YOLANDA says:

    KWATSALA MAYI UJA AMAPAKA ZIMA PAUDA ZA MITUNDU YAMBIRIMBIRI NTHAWI IMODZI UJA.WATCH OUT KALIATI

  43. The Patriot says:

    Well spoken Mr President! But please discipline this Kudontoni guy, he is so tactless that the position he is holding does not fit him!

  44. amakhosi mukulugenzi says:

    VERY DOUBTFUL APA

  45. Phaghlani Vwavwa says:

    That is now my President. That is the way to run a country of different people from different backgrounds. We cannot all be DPP.

  46. Charombanthu says:

    Do these people (the Kudontoni’s) go on the podium to say or do something that is not the policy stand of their bosses? Very doubtful. Kalowa kayaza.

  47. ANALYST says:

    This has not been said by the president – it should be a statement by the Minister of Information because your quote says “Such statements do not represent the policy stand of His Excellency the President and his administration nor do they reflect the views and beliefs of the DPP”. If these are the president’s own words, he would have said something like “Such statements do not represent MY policy stand and that of the DPP govt….”

    This means these are not words of the president, but his spin doctor in the name of Kondwani Nankhumwa! Wake up Malawi journalists – you cant say “Malawi president trashes Kudontoni” when it is Nankhumwa “trashing” – allegedly to portray the president as indeed trashing…

    1. MMALAWI says:

      I totally agree with you Mr. Analysist

  48. MR. PRESIDENT IF WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS COMING FROM DEEP DOWN YOUR HEART, THEN YOU ARE COMMING NOW AND I SALUTE YOU TOO.
    PLEASE LET SOME THESE FIGURES IN DPP AVOID VOMITING SUCH WORDS —- IT WILL MAKE DPP TO BE DAMAGED AND THE PUBLIC WILL BE IRKED WITH SUCH REMARKS FROM YOUR ATIDYE NAO.

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