Muluzi faults Mutharika critics over Zambia trip: ‘Other countries also sent ex-leaders’

Former president Bakili Muluzi  has  dismissed critics who accused President Peter Mutharika for picking the former leader to represent him at Zambia’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Lusaka.

Muluzi with actng Zambian president Lungu

Muluzi with acting Zambian president Lungu

League of ex-president: Muluzi with Rupiah Banda and Thabo Mbeki

League of ex-president: Muluzi with Rupiah Banda and Thabo Mbeki

Muluzi and Chaponda: On their back from Lusaka

Muluzi and Chaponda: On their back from Lusaka

Muluzi with Kaunda and Mbeki

Muluzi with Kaunda and Mbeki

Muluzi with former Botswana president Mogae

Muluzi with former Botswana president Mogae

Critics have been accusing Mutharika of delegating a retired president instead of sending a sitting vice president, with others claiming, there could be bad relationship between the President and his vice.

But Muluzi who returned for Lusaka, said such assertions were utterly wrong.

“That is not a fair assertion to make. There were former presidents from other nations such as  from South Africa  former president Thabo Mbeki represented incumbent Jacob Zuma,  several other countries were represented by other government officials other than presidents and vice president,  does that mean their presidents are fighting with the vice presidents in those countries as well,” wondered Muluzi.

“We need as a nation to move away from confrontation and focus on nation building,” he said.

He said President Mutharika apart from delegating him, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr George Chaponda also joined Muluzi to the Zambian golden jubilee.

Acting Zambian President Edgar Lungu officiated the 50th anniversary of Zambia’s independence  on Friday at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on behalf of President Michael Sata, who left the country  for a medical check-up.

Muluzi, who met  acting Zambia president Lungu,  has also commended Mutharika for demonstrating a spirit of reaching out to the other sectors of society on political, governance and economic issues of our country.

The former president also said by inviting presidential candidates in the May 20 Tripartite Elections for a round-table discussion recently, Mutharika has shown that he is ready to work with everybody for the good of the country.

He urged the President to also consider including members of Parliament (MPs) from other political parties in his delegations outside the country “whenever resources are available” so that they can get exposure.

Muluzi, who was recently appointed Malawi’s Special Commonwealth envoy to Swaziland, met President Mutharika at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where the former head of state briefed the incumbent on the progress of mediation talks on the democratic process taking place in Swaziland.

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45 thoughts on “Muluzi faults Mutharika critics over Zambia trip: ‘Other countries also sent ex-leaders’”

  1. Mphongo says:

    Ine Muluzi amandiwaza. Aliphe, mwana mwamuna. Alibe zoti zulo timasusana ndiye tidane. Peter Keep it up Malawi is for all of us not for only those that we have put to power. Amene akudana nazo Fotseki zake !!!!!!!

  2. chris john sakala says:

    It is sad again to our country Zambia to lose another president.We pray that God himself will give us another Leader to guide Zambia.Let`s mourn in unity.God protect the family of our late President Mr Michael Chilufya Sata.

  3. mdzachi says:

    Chiripo aona Muluzi apa – idzatha ndi DPP this is Chair guys.

  4. Ineyo Paa! says:

    Nosense Mr President.Where waz ur vice (Mr. Chirima)why didnt u sent him there while u took Muluzi?wat did u mean?

  5. wilfred ziba says:

    Senseless

  6. Chibiliti says:

    Chakuba ichi ndipo chilibe mkazi. Chisowa zochita pakhomo.

  7. Munthu says:

    keep it up Mr Presisent but dont be too stingy on a woman I mean Joice Banda.she is a woman

  8. dumerangi says:

    Acting pulezidentiof zambia isa tumbuka kikikikiki

  9. Think Tank says:

    This man is a thief and nothing changes. Bakili made Malawians suffer a thing that was corrected by Bingu. Bingu should be praised as he was a no nonsense leader unlike his childish brother Peter. I am sure Bingu used to beat Peter for being a naughty young brother.

  10. FWMT NGOZO says:

    Munthalika akulemekeza Muluzi. Zimenezo ndiye zofunika…..kusiyana zipani sichidani……Komanso amagwetu, Muluzi kugwetsa Dr. Banda or simply accepting to stand against Dr. Banda it was a sacrifice for Malawi becoz if they had lost…..eeeeeeh! Poti ambilinu ndi alendo mwabwere ku Malawi zinthu zitasintha ndiye mumaona ngati Bakili is usless…..A BIG NO….TIYENI tidzilimbikitsa umodzi….about milandu leave it to the court to do its job.

  11. FWMT NGOZO says:

    Did Saulosi compalain as to why Munthalika had sent Muluzi. Tiyeni tichite focus pa zina zothandiza apa palibepo nkhani.

  12. jimm juma says:

    Good news mr president keep it up

  13. gama says:

    apa zikuwonetselatu kuti uDf idzalowaso m’boma 2o19 ung’onoung’ono basi.Atcheya woyee.

  14. marvin sithole says:

    Zambia is a christian nation and Bakili Muluzi cannot fool us with his underworld demonic spiritism. Why, for instance, didn’t he attend Frederick Chiluba’s funeral in Zambia and yet we all thought they were good friends? It can only mean that darkness and light cannot mix. Chiluba was a bornagain christian while Muluzi is in deep darkness in the underworld and that’s where he makes friends. He did not comprehend Chiluba’s light. In the underworld, they hate the light, they love Lucifer’s darkness.

  15. Ndife ayani says:

    Lets just understand it next tim wil b de vip

  16. REX MALIZANI says:

    Malawians…malawians….malawians,let us focus the future of this country,Each president since mult-party contributed something to this nation,this I refer to malawians who were in Malawi,for those who were not here they are ones coming up with such Critics,Let us learn to love one another!! Mudzakhala ongotsutsatu mpaka yessu adzabwere inu mmmmm ,Chitani manyazi.

  17. chikondi mtengowaminga says:

    Kupata chambo ngasiwuwenga usipa. Muluzi ndimmodzi anathetsa ulamulilo wankhadza wachipani chimodzi. Kunalibe nkhondo Ku Malawi. All Mutharikas were not in Malawi. Ndichikondi cha a Malawi powavotera a mutharika. Patsogolo ndi yellow! Patsogolo ndi blue! PP and MCP think twice be wise. Peter ! Kwele nikutama niwandu, next time muzatumize ma former ambassador s

  18. KUWILA CHILAMBO says:

    A Lungu, Acting President wa Zambiya mwaonjeza. Kumeneko kubvala kwa munthu woyendetsa dziko lalikulu ngati Zambia? Kuli kuno ku Malawi simukanaothera wawa. A Chair woyeee! Inu phee, Mulungu amakukondani nkuona muli moyo mpaka pano. Continue to pray to Allah to protect you from any ill wishes by your enemies who will achieve nothing by wishing you bad.

  19. mabuluku says:

    Kungoti amalawife sitikonda dziko lathu. South Africa idatuminza Mbeki koma dziko lawo simudamveke zokamba kamba. Timazitengera pa mgong`ono

  20. Blessings Adam Kaliapa says:

    Thus good

  21. Mikoko says:

    I like the Zambian acting president.Ung’ono ung’ono baba.

  22. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Sending a past thieving president to represent a present thieving to Zambia independence and republic celebrations.

  23. Thoko says:

    It is laughable that Muluzi. Is talking about building the nation. What did he do for this nation? It was during his mediocre leadership that things started going downhill for Nyasaland. You can sugarcoat it all you want but we all know why you went to Zambia.

  24. Ma haters mmimba kuti buuuuuuu!! ngati mukudwala stomach ulcers
    Onyozawa asiyeni choncho olo atayitana Mapiri onse kuti awathandize kunyoza inu palibe chingasinthe inu mudzakhalabe Atcheya/Agama/kuntunda/Kuchitekete/onyenda mmaliro
    Professor Peter Munthalika Woyeeeeee!
    Atcheya Woyeeeeee!

  25. REX MSISKA says:

    Muluzi, national building My foot! How do you build the nation, former president when you stole from the same nation you claim to want to build? Are you going to come forward and surrender the stolen money to the nation so that it is eventually used to build the nation and not only your family legacy. If you do that you will be a national hero. As it is now you are a disgrace to the nation, and you know that a chair. Don’t insult us.

    If you had played chess in your life, you will have known that the President with DPP is about to checkmate you and your party. Later the President, as a lawyer will say,”I put to you that …”. By that time your mouth will be nice and dry with your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth. I warn you yoh!

    A chair, please, you are not in the same league with Mbeki. You see a chair, people do not dispute you are former president of Malawi, no. The problem is kusolola, and the case is not over.

    I love you a chair, but not to be taken for granted. Malawians are still leaking their wounds of the destruction and the moral degradation of a Nation once respected in the region. That is why fraud and corruption was not a crime until the cashgate scandal.

    One cannot even begin to think pairing you with KK. the champion of regional politics a selfless leader in and across the borders of Zambia.

    What was Mbeki trying to do? He wanted to clap the hell out of Muluzi and Lupia Banda stood on the way.

  26. GRM says:

    I like the pics. We were ably represented. Osapanga jelous Atcheya knows how to joke. I wonder how many jokes Chilima could dish out. After all he is not employed to joke at celebrations. This task indeed suit Muluzi who can do it quite well and has time. He also met good old friends as can be seen from the pics. This is good for his health and the nation

  27. REX MSISKA says:

    Muluzi, national building My foot! How do you build the nation, former president when you stole from the same nation you claim to want to build? Are you going to come forward and surrender the stolen money to the nation so that it is eventually used to build the nation and not only your family legacy. If you do that you will be a national hero. As it is now you are a disgrace to the nation, and you know that a chair. Don’t insult us.

    If you had played chess in your life, you will have known that the President with DPP is about to checkmate you and your party. Later the President, as a lawyer will say,”I put to you that …”. By that time your mouth will be nice and dry with your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth. I warn you yoh!

    A chair, please, you are not in the same league with Mbeki. You see a chair, people do not dispute you are former president of Malawi, no. The problem is kusolola, and the case is not over.

    I love you a chair, but not to be taken for granted. Malawians are still leaking their wounds of the destruction and the moral degradation of a Nation once respected in the region. That is why fraud and corruption was not a crime until the cashgate scandal.

    One cannot even begin to think pairing you with KK. the champion of regional politics a selfless leader in and across the borders of Zambia.

  28. nick says:

    Muluzi is right about one thing. Malawi should use its ex-presidents WHERE APPROPRIATE. But he is wrong to suggest it when those ex-presidents were BAD presidents and it is not appropriate. Should we go on rewarding them when they should in fact be locked up?

  29. nsanje port says:

    Bakili woyeeeeeeee……….prof. mukuyitha…i think that’s nice

  30. michael yekha says:

    Knowing how difficult life was with Bingu (literary living on a wheel chair and being denied almost everything he was supposed to enjoy as a retired president), the best Bakili had to do especially that it was more or less the same Bingu coming back was to become a little bit stupid and enjoy the next 5-10yrs of his remaining life time. But what surprises me most is what drives such old people into getting all the money for themselves making young people become even poorer when they know very well that they have very little time to live.

  31. Cunningham says:

    The way Muluzi got cured from that disc dislocation makes me laugh. He was admitted in RSA and only came to see Tupex who was at Mwaiwathu, just then Bingu died and Muluzis sickness disappeared. He has never been sick again. Was he suffering from bingusomia?

  32. opportunist says:

    Ndiye ung ‘onoung’ono ku Zambia

  33. Odala says:

    This Zambian president looks more of the musician (ngati ujayo wathuyu) than a head of state.

  34. Chikadzakuwani says:

    Bravo Prof. President that you sent to Zambia the former president Bakili Mulizi which he himself did not do with his father Dr. Kamuzu Banda, but only put him under house arrest. You have shown that you are a human being and you think of others what they have done for the country and they should enjoy the government money si za Mpwiyo kukacheza nda azimai pa joni with government money.

  35. Malawian Lets Grow Politicary

  36. mwana mulopwana says:

    It is only in Malawi where some of the journalists make wrong analysis, I don’t blame them but may be it is because of too many briefcase colleges that are offering Journalism,

  37. Chidikuliku matongu says:

    Not when Malawi is sailing in stormy waters does one come up with such decision. The move is indeed suspicious look at Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique they all sent their VP. Zambia helped keep all freedom fighters such as the Mbekis, Zambia is like his second home. So to use such example in my view is unfortunate and especially knowing Muluzi who badly wanted the third term your guess is as good as mine. By the time Mutharika wakes up he will be on the kaliyala akufuna kuyimba belu…..

  38. Nyasa says:

    Lol…. Mmmm Nyasa Times, I love the pics above. Kkkkkk!

  39. munyasa says:

    he is a fun ofgregory isaaks…..i love the dressing of acting pres

  40. little jojo says:

    hahahaha I can see Thabo Mbeki and Festus Mogae, both former presidents, in the picture. According to Malawian political analysts it means Zuma is fighting with Rhamaposa and there is bad blood between Ian Khama and his vice President. hahahaha. kikikiki. Independence celebrations are simply a time to watch magule, pelete and football. Surely you don’t need a full vice President for that. next time send me.

  41. Kongo Masino says:

    Chilima could not suit in this company.Look at the personalities.With whom would chilima joke?Look at the age of Lungu the vice president? Malawi avoid electing babies in the high posts.Advanced countries had already tested this experiment and its result was negative.Mphwiyo is the other sample ,was entrusted with the keys of government cash,but you see what has happened.Flying to South Africa just for drinking.

  42. Mbanangwa says:

    The Zamnian acting president looks like a fun loving guy! I can not believe it! He makes me feel excited. The type of shoes, tight pair of trousers and even the shirt. Nda a mtchona amenewa, ka yooo!

    1. eye eye says:

      and interesting that Guy Scott, the white VP was not made acting as Sata is away….interesting constitutions that the VP does not automatically become acting President in zambia……Instead sata picks a Minister as acting president…I imagine the tongues’ that would be in the air if this was the case in malawi, making Minister acting while the VO, is around!

      1. BWENGU says:

        The law in Malawi is that we vote for both the President and runningmate as Vice President therefore if a thing happens to the President we know the veep already has the mandate of the people hence the subsequent assumption of the office and powers of President of Malawi

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