‘Malawi value mediocrity’ analysts say on Midnight 6 arrest commemoration

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has been accused of succumbing to his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) zealots for spending hard earned tax-payers money for commemoration of the second anniversary of Mutharika and ‘Midnight six’ arrest on treason charges in March 2013.

Mutharika: DPP zealots managed to convince Mutharika to be at the centre of the questionable but elaborate commemoration events during which government resources were wasted.

Mutharika: DPP zealots managed to convince the President to be at the centre of the questionable but elaborate commemoration events during which government resources were wasted.

The press on Thursday highlighted comments from analysts condemning Mutharika for his Lumbadzi Police Station and Maula Prison visit, where he and the Midnight 6 were kept during detention.

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College political commentator, Dr Boniface Dulani, faulted DPP zealots for political hero-worshipping and also valuing mediocrity.

“The commemoration is proof that, in Malawi, we are very good at valuing mediocrity. It is a slap in the face of real political heroes who gave up their lives for our freedom in Malawi,” said Dulani, The Nation reported

“Well-read as the President is, he should have told off the officials who proposed that the purely-party celebrations take place in such an amplified manner.”

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College Political Professor Blessings Chinsinga also trashed the commemoration.

“It is just a waste of resources because it is not important to the nation or the party,” Chinsinga sais as quoted by Daily Times.

Also commenting on the issues, People’s Party (PP) spokesperson Ken Msonda charged that the commemoration was partly staged by DPP to try and twist history.

“The President was not arrested as a freedom fighter, but on serious treason charges,” Msonda said as quoted in the press.

Mutharika  was arrested in 2013 alongside several other former Cabinet ministers for his role in an alleged attempt to usurp power from former vice-president Joyce Banda following the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012.

Cabinet ministers reportedly convened a meeting without the then Vice President Joyce Banda immediately after Mutharika’s death and plotted to prevent Mrs Banda, the vice-president, from taking over and to thrust the late president’s brother, Peter, into power in her stead.

Six ministers– Patricia Kaliati, Simon Vuwa Kaunda, Dr. Jean Kalilani, Henry Mussa, Nicholas Dausi and Kondwani Nakhumwa–dubbed ‘Midnight 6’,  held a news conference in the dead of the night on April 6 on state MBC television, telling the nation that the Vice President had no authority to act as president.

On 7 April, when Mutharika’s death could no longer be hidden, Malawi’s Cabinet sought a court order to block Joyce Banda from taking over as President.

But former Malawi army chief  Henry Odillo backed the constitutional order and stationed troops around Banda’s  house  to allow her take over power.

The former ministers agreed to seek a court interpretation on the matter and asked the then Attorney General Maxon Mbendera to get a court order stopping any swearing-in of Banda.

Apparently, the swearing ceremony of Banda was cancelled by the then Chief Justice Lovemore  Munlo, saying  he had forgotten his ceremonial robes and wig in Blantyre, 360 kilometres away from Lilongwe.

Nyasa Times learnt, at that time there were still some behind-the scene maneavring to side-step constitutional order.

But after a two-hour delay, Banda was at last sworn in.

Some Malawians expressed concern that the ‘mid night 6’ action undermined the constitution, which they said, could have led to violence and chaos.

Malawi Law Society (MLS) secretary Khumbo Soko has since said as a matter of law, any case can be resurrected, especially where evidence could have been discontinued without conviction.

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bwanje
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peter mutharika is the most learned man that is why you fools does not understand his life style.Joyce banda was infact planning to kill peter by putting him in jail.since peter became president why is she not making herself comfortable to be in Malawi.she is a big Satan who has caused all what malawians facing today therefore stops blaming peter and the DPP for your political gains.when she sold the jet all of you were quite,like there were no educated persons out there. if indeed she is not guilty of anything she must come back home to tell the world… Read more »
CHIPEMPHELERE
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Honestly, no true patriotic Malawian with a law incling & indeed a sense of nationhood can glorify any mediocrity such as this.

Elizabeth Chitseko
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JUST OUT OF INTEREST, WHAT WOULD NEED TO EXIST FOR A CHARGE FOR THE OFFENCE OF TREASON/ ATTEMPT TO UNLAWFULLY TAKE OVER GOVERNMENT TO BE JUSTIFIED? THE UNDISPUTED FACTS OF THIS CASE WERE THAT; 1- WHEN PRESIDENT BINGU WAMUTHARIKA DIED, A VACANCY AROSE IN THE OFFENCE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALAWI 2- UNDER THE CONSTITUTION OF MALAWI, WHERE A PRESIDENT DIES OR BECOMES INCAPACITATED WHILE SERVING AS PRESIDENT, THE PERSON OCCUPYING THE OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT AT THE TIME SHALL TAKE OVER THE SAID OFFICE AUTOMATICALLY. 3- WHEN BINGU DIED, PERSONS IN POSITION OF POWER/INFLUENCE IN THE… Read more »
Aferazao
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This man wanted to make allowances and the only way he found fit was to visit and write on prison walls – THIEF.

Aferazao
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Oh God why did you give us a fool for president? A man who cannot use his brains intelligently?

Dineo
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mfiti imatero kusavuka akayigwira kapena kuitulukira kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

Aferazao
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Fools will always rush to write on walls of market toilets, classrooms and now even prison cells. If a person is born a fool he will remain a fool forever no matter how many years such a person spends in a classroom.

Dineo
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which mediocrity? ndiye inu mukukomenta za nzeru? bwanji mukanakhala chete inuyo osakomenta za mediocrityzo? mukufuna ndani akutameni? zoyola anthu akunja, kaya muma ndani kaya zinatha. we have our freedom . we stopped thinking as foreighners while in our own land. kayatu nokha. continue to be colonized kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! kudana ndikuti munthu adatulukako ku cell. mumafuna afere konko? nanuso pangani yanu History kaya ! mukhala choncho kumangokhalira kutsana wena mumapazi ………………! pamene zawo zikuyenda.

Monosire
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Whether you like it or not, it’s plain truth that Joyce wanted to kill APM and later DPP but God did not accept. The commemorations have been an eye opener to many of us coz we didn’t know the specifics of her plot. Whether you sympathise with her koma mwagwanawo. DPP muliranayo kuti pyoooooooooooooooooooooo simunati. Tionanenso 2019 pamene tidzakutibulani ndi landslide victory.

mfumusinyasa
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Do our politicians have some brains inside their skulls?

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