Malawi situation: Is the end of Mutharika nigh?

Soon after the presidential elections, a friend of mine sent me an email declaring that DPP will be in power for the next 20 years.  Today 7 months later the outlook could not be more different.

Peter Mutharika

Peter Mutharika

The Kwacha is sliding and sinking like a stone in the sea. Hospitals cannot even afford gloves for surgical operations. Life is tough and civil servants are demanding massive salary increases which government can barely afford.

Yet, the powers that be have chosen such a time as this to announce a massive increase of salaries for the president and members of parliament.  The most bizarre aspect to this is that nobody knows who those powers are. Everybody from the president to the leader of opposition has since gone on record to refuse the salary increases. The issue was never even debated in parliament. So, who decided and authorized the salary increases?

Government disorganization is not only limited to the issue of presidential salaries. Recent appointments to boards and embassies are said to be made and announced without first consulting the appointees.  As far as governments are concerned, it is so unprecedented and perhaps unheard of for governments to make appointments without consulting and interviewing the appointees.

Perceptions of corruption abound. The First Lady’s charity, BEAM, and the famous Mulakho wa Alhomwe have just benefited from large grants from the National Aids Commission (NAC). NAC is a body that gets its funding exclusively from donors for purpose of fighting HIV/AIDS in the country. NAC is mandated to distribute money to HIV/AIDS causes through a rigorous open solicitation process.   While NAC may not have committed any wrong doing in donating money to BEAM and Mulhakho, the ethics of these organizations getting such money without first submitting proper proposals is very questionable.

In another embarrassing move, government invited members of the press to a State House function and secretly gave them fat envelopes containing massive cash. To date, government has not given any good explanation for the generous offer or its source. Unconfirmed rumors seem to point to the same NAC as the source of this money.

What has been so frustrating to many Malawians, especially those sympathetic to the DPP, has been the government’s inability to inform the public, explain its decisions, refute allegations or level with the public.

Mutharika won a resounding victory. He is still very popular at the grassroots. If elections were to be held today, he could still win with a resounding victory. But he cannot afford to take the electorate for granted.  Things seem to be spiralling down very fast.  The President needs to clean house.  And those around him should start taking their advisory roles seriously.

Somebody should have pointed out the folly of using National Aids Commision -NAC funds; somebody should have pointed out the insensitivity of increasing presidential salaries at this point in time; somebody should have questioned the ethics of giving money to journalists.

Unless these reforms are made, my friend’s dream of having DPP in power for the next 20 years will likely be met with a crashing blow in 2019.  Administrations only have the first few years to prove that they deserve another term. It is very difficult to counter a negative narrative close to the election period.

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42 thoughts on “Malawi situation: Is the end of Mutharika nigh?”

  1. Nyamazi says:

    Mr. Ngalande, do not tell lies to Malawians that Peter can win another election if elections were held to day. He has failed completely to govern this country since he came to power.

    Indicators show that a person who got only 36% of the votes during the elections cannot be trust worth and intelligent to govern a country.

    This guy is very dull for the job, hence, the problems we are facing now.

  2. Kanyimbi says:

    Bingu took the government from Bakili when donors had run away but his first 100 days in office were excellent and everyone loved Bingu. But now I am afraid if APM has something to offer. Officers from MADERF are busy harassing people who got the FILP loans yet the people are failing to pay back because of hard economic times. Yet the same government said they don’t know where this money came from.

  3. Steve Kamkwalala says:

    Let me get this clearly. If DPP were not popular, how come it won all the MP seats and some councillors in the by elections? How come PP did not win even a single seat. Anakuberaninso. Let me tell you this if you mama does not come back and reogarnise her party she will cry again in 2019 having been number 4 or 5. Mark my words. I also wish to appeal to my colleagues north of Jenda to reorganise youserlves and form a solid party that will be sought after by every party to be in alliance with. You can say whatever you want to say about APM but the fact is that come elections DPP is going to win.

    Kodi mukati APM zinthu zamukanika , can you list at least three things zomwe zamukanikazo tizidziwe. Don’t just talk in generalities , please be specific . Chakanikacho ndi chani.

  4. malume says:

    zolankhula monga izi akulankhula anthuzi ndi zomwe zikupangisa kuti malawi asasinthe, president kungokhala pa mpando nthawi yochepa tayambapo kulankhula zitifikisa kuti izi?zoti boma likubvutika kupeza ndalama chifukwa choti azungu asiya kuthandiza ziko lino taiwala zoti cashgate yatibweresera mabvuto taiwala.ngakhale atakhala pampando wa president malume anu palibe chingasinthe.

  5. ujeni says:

    Ngalande, know this, APM cannot and will never win an election again. The next 5 years will be tough for him to navigate. Any Malawian working as a clerk can do a better job than him. How can someone who failed to speak in parliament be a president. Better Dausi than Peter.

  6. Umphawi says:

    Koma olembe ma column enawa ndi nyasi! I will not be surprised if the writer of this piece is outside Malawi.

  7. Nyaka says:

    Ife atumbuka tikuti a lomwe boma ndi lanu koma mphamvu ndi zathu. Na ngati mtumbuka sali happy ndi boma palibe chimayenda kwa president. Kamuzu Banda Bingu and now Peter have got to their disastrous ends chifukwa cha mtumbuka. Nde batinyozani muona momwe muthele. Muluzi and JB never had these issues even as bad as they were at the job.

    1. Jose' says:

      So you are happy you are responsible for “ungovernability” of the country that emanates for no reasons at all but on ethnicity? Dull clan!

  8. mr what what says:

    somebody said Peter is worse than Bingu, but the truth is Peter is worse than all the tough leaders who has been in this world before, idi amin, sadam hussen,

  9. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    MR. CEDRIC NGALANDE,DO U UNDERSTAND THE WORD”RESOUNDING VICTORY”?MOREOVER DO U THINK DPP APM IS POPULARAND CAN WIN AGAIN? ARE U IN MALAWI?MR CEDRIC NGALANDE YO COLUMN JUST SHOWS SHALOW THINKIN ON YO PART .BETER STAY MUM THAN EXPOSE YO LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. FACT IS UR PRO APM.AND UR BUYING FAVOR

  10. Anonymous says:

    peter akuyendetsa bwino dziko mukhaula enanu

  11. Maka Eziokwu says:

    “Governance, when viewed from the outside like talk, is cheap. The taste of the pudding, says the English, is in the eating.

    We are now faced with what the leadership we chose seven months ago have turned us and themselves into.

  12. karonga says:

    I doubted this government long time since from Bingu’s era, but the only persons to be blamed here are the deputy president mec because are the one who contributed to the rigging of the votes.

  13. j cholomandenga says:

    Things are really bad in our country. But Mr Ngalande your third last paragraph worries me even more. Who does the voting in Malawi?, is it human beings or zombies?, How can the present government get a resounding victory if elections were held again today as you say?. Something does not add up for me. I think the saying that `we get the leaders that we deserve: must be spot on.

  14. Nkhomah Babinho Edward says:

    Zopusa basi Angosiya pasi

  15. Fathara says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk SIMUNATI MUMINA ASATANA ACHITUMBUKA INU, DPP IKHALA IKULAMULA MPAKANA PAMENE MULUNGU WATHU YESU WAMOYO ATAZAWONE KUTI ACHOKE. MULONGOLOLA MUTOPA, KOMASO KUTI KUBWELE CHISAKHO SIMUMAWINA. A MALAWI TINAKUWELENGANI TINAKUZIWANI KUTI SINU ANTHU OPANGA NANU ZITHU CHIFUKWA CHAKUTI UMUTHU MULIBE. PETER TU NDIKATI NDIKUWUZENI ZIKO AKULIYENDESA BWINO, KAYA INU MUMAFUNA KUTI ALIYENDESE BWANJI, KAPENA MUKUFUNA ASAMUSE CAPITAL IPITE KU MZUZU?? KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK KOMA MUKATOPA MUSIYA.

  16. Quota system says:

    I wonder why things are as they are. Yet the Ministers have been chosen on merit, they have been touted to be experienced. Look at names like Henry Mussa, Goodwell Gondwe, Patricia Kaliati et al. It is not too late, Honourable Ministers. Pull up your socks. @019 is not too far. Don’t love money too much. Be patient. You will be eating allowances for foreign trips, parliament etc if you take your time. But if you become obsessed with the huge salaries, you will lose popularity in no time. JB and LC are just watching you. This is free advice

  17. Humphrey Kaunga Nyirenda says:

    Kuba alawirira kwambiri. Even 2019 sadzafika amenewa.

  18. Patriot says:

    He meant 20 months. That was a slang.
    Remember that Malawi history is similar to Zambia history.
    20 months basi.

  19. Kelvin says:

    Our nation rely on donors to float,so if donors don’t want to help due to cashgate scandal.who can we blame?Let’s blame those who are involved in cashgate scandal.Nkhuyu zodya mwana zinapota wamkulu.We are being punished because of a few greedy Malawians.

  20. Jelbin mk says:

    The writer has missed the point on how Munthrika won the election he did not win with resounding victory rather he won with inflated figures and with only 36% of the total voters including ghost voters which is my analysis made up approximately 15% out of the 36% the commission gave him because in some voting stations the number of voters exceeded the number of eligible voters by 300%.

  21. makechisasa says:

    The sitiuation on the ground explains Maxon Mbendera’s tears on that fateful day he betrayed Malawi nation like Judas Iscariot…….cry my beloved country!!

  22. BalakaGuy says:

    Komabe bola osati PP.

    1. Gogo says:

      @ Balaka guy

      Where do you live?. Oh no. At the rate we are going God have mercy PP was far much much better than DPP. Actually DPP under Peter Mutharika is the worst thing that has ever ever ever happened to Malawi.

  23. VYOTO says:

    NOTWITHSTANDING BEING A PROFESSOR, PETER MUTHALIKA HAS ALWAYS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A FAILURE.ANOTHER FAILURE, LATE BINGU MUTHALIKA APPOINTED ANOTHER FAILURE JOYCE BANDA AS VP WHO LATER ASCENDED TO THE PRESIDENCY AFTER HIS DEATH.LATE BINGU ALSO ANNOINTED HIS KID BROTHER PETER MUTHALIKA ANOTHER FAILURE TO SUCCEED HIM AS DPP PRESIDENT AS WELL AS STATE PRESIDENT.LATE BINGU WAS HANDPICKED TO SUCCEED ANOTHER FAILURE, BAKILI MULUZI AS STATE PRESIDENT.ALL THESE FOUR GUYS HAVE ONLY SUCCEEDED TO STEAL OUR PUBLIC RESOURCES WHILE AT STATE HOUSE(MK1.7 BILLION,MK61 BILLION,MK20 BILLION AND NOW WE HEAR OF NAC MONEY AND MORE YET TO COME)

  24. Zayambika says:

    Atangolamula zaka 5 zakubazi

  25. mwama says:

    chagwa pano n’chatonse!!!!!!

  26. GUTUTU says:

    If elections are held today he could win??????!?

  27. Davie Gama says:

    Resounding victory? Really?

  28. wonder boy says:

    Ine bodza ayi, the president is not popular and has never been, if it was not for Chilima to help them lig the election results MCP could have been in power now and this shit couldn’t have been there

  29. ng'eng'a says:

    Lets wait & see.prophet Liyabunya ananena kale izi nde paja ankatiso afta awa kuzabwela AGENDA 4 CHANGE kkkkk DZUKA MALAWI DZUKA

  30. verson says:

    Where there is no vision, people perish.

  31. Weniweni Balakasa says:

    Flames is our national favourite team when it performs poorly we blame the coach to an extent of firing him. Alomwe, dpp is blood party but the engine is not functioning properly Can’t you remove it to avoid it sink.

  32. lilian says:

    36 % win cannot qualify to be a resounding victory.what do you mean?

    1. ujeni says:

      akulota Ngalande, 36% and mostly Alhomwe. A resounding 64% rejected him. On 36% there are more stolen votes than geneuin

  33. Nabete says:

    We will see in 2019. God guide.

  34. gulukunyinda says:

    prophet liabunya on my mimd

  35. Davie Mtsukwa says:

    Lets Wait And See What Will Happen.

  36. Good maganizo says:

    Government ya ma tekinikotiracti imeneyo my foot
    okukuseko mr Ibu

  37. Tengupenya says:

    Achimwene adabwitsa kwabasi.

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