Mutharika refuses to budge: ‘Malawi no longer warm heart of Africa’

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has ignored calls for him to resign by saying the challenges facing the nation cannot be resolved by bickering and indicated he  remains strong in purpose, steadfast in will, resolute in action to get the impoverished nation out of economic turmoil.

Former President Dr.Bakili Muluzi (right) in attendance to the elevation of Ngolongoliwa.Pic Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Former President Dr.Bakili Muluzi (right) in attendance to the elevation of Ngolongoliwa.Pic Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Mutharika congratulates Chief Ngolongoliwa after elevating him to senior Chief.Pic- Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Mutharika congratulates Chief Ngolongoliwa after elevating him to senior Chief.Pic- Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Opposition parties  —Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) — have given President Mutharika until May to resign, saying his government had failed to solve the country’s economic problems.

In his first public address since calls for him to resign,  President  Mutharika speaking Saturday at Thyolo Community Centre ground at an elevation ceremony of Laelo Costa Juma from Traditional Authority to Senior Chief Ngolongoliwa,  hinted he was not about to resign as people making such calls are doing that with ulterior motives.

“The problems we are facing are for all Malawians and are also being faced all over the world. We can only overcome them if we work together and love one another,” said Mutharika.

Delegates to the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) 5th All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference demanded to see government ensure that maize is available in all Admarc depots.

Speakers also took turns to attack government on how it is handling some delicate issues like the health delivery system and the economy.

President Mutharika, however, defended the food situation and authenticate statistics on available maize which he said was enough to feed starving Malawians but accused some unscrupulous people of stealing the staple grain.

“How can one steal maize so that other people should die? Is that wise? That is stupid,” said Mutharika.

He said the challenges that the country is facing could be dealt with by coordination among all relevant stakeholders on how to deal with malpractices in the Admarc depots.

“We have all noted that the main challenge in these depots is the issue of vendors who are buying the staple grain at a cheap price and sell it a higher price. This is not acceptable because the poor Malawians out there are suffering.

“I am therefore urging all chiefs and relevant officials to put in place measures that can deal with the malpractice because this is not a one man’s job,” explained Mutharika.

The President said he will make a national address on the food situation.

Mutharika also accused Malawians of departing from their renowned spirit of warm hearted people to being too “cold” to each other.

The Head of State said Malawi does not deserve to continue being called a ‘warm heart of Africa’ because its citizens have stopped being friendly to each other but only warmly to strangers.

“Can we seriously say we are the warm heart of Africa? Or we are warm to strangers while being cold to each other. We need to stop castigating each other if we are to have peace in this country,” said Mutharika.

He then called on Malawians to refrain from backbiting but rather embrace a hardworking spirit as laziness and dependency syndrome such as relying much on handouts could not develop the country.

PAC held the two-day stakeholders conference under the theme Defining Solutions to Economic and Political Direction in Malawi with efforts to find solutions to the problems dogging the country.

Other concerns raised at the meeting are high unemployment rates and a lopsided economy that is exemplified by a predominantly consumption economy as well as failure to deal with the gap created by lack of donor support.

There are also concerns on lack of transparency and accountability in the comprehensive handling of the Cashgate cases and inaction of the Government to respond with urgency to the current food crisis, in spite of huge financial injections to the Farm Input Subsidised Programme (FISP).

  • Establishment of a legalised Nation Economic Planning Commission (NEPC)
  • President Peter Mutharika to step down if he fails to release maize to all the Admarc depots within 30 days.
  •  Form an interim Government of National Unity comprising all political parties, CSOs and Religious leaders
  •  Call for early elections
  •  President Peter Mutharika should call for help from international organisations and the local community for the provision of maize
  •  Change of electoral voting system
  • Allocate resources to ministries of health, agriculture and education be proportional to the need of the sectors
  •  Government should institute austerity measures in order to curb Government’s wasteful spending
  •  Government should invest in production and manufacturing

During its 4th All Inclusive Stakeholders Conference held in January 2015, PAC convened that meeting under the theme Promoting Awareness on the Proposed Reforms on Local Government Act. At the meeting, the body made 19 recommendations, which were submitted to President Mutharika for action.

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26 thoughts on “Mutharika refuses to budge: ‘Malawi no longer warm heart of Africa’”

  1. victah says:

    ndiye tisinthenso flag.

  2. Achi says:

    Its so sad to hear from the state president asking chiefs to help solve the maize rocking his govt.
    What mechanisms will the chiefs employ to curb this?
    Where is the board for Admarc?
    What are the bunch of advisors doing?
    What is the DDP appointed top brass in Admarc doing?
    Whydo want to drag chiefs into an affair that doesn’t concern them?
    Since when did chiefs have a voice on Admarc or vendors affairs?

    The president is the sole architecture of the Admarc menace. He alone knows who is in the board, he alone knows who are the top brass for Admarc.

    Its an open secret that Malawi has no maize in Admarc depots, and that the erratic deliveries are but planned “yophera awemba” to buy time

  3. Blessings Kaweru says:

    Surely Malawi is no longer a warm heart of Africa, people should stop castigating each other instead we should do things that can benefit all Malawians

  4. Mizozo says:

    Aaahh pity, the country has indeed gone to the dogs. Instead of solutions someone is seeing an opportunity to venture in, so greedy of you.
    Ooh Jah guide!

  5. Ete Witness says:

    If we have enough maize stocks in the country…why has China given us 6billion to buy maize? Am just interested.

  6. Tione says:

    Malawi is no longer The Warm heart of Africa because of you

  7. Tione says:

    Mathanyula Peter Mutharika, do you know the Chichewa adage that goes: Pakadafunda padajiwitsa galu? You are living in a fools’ paradise but very soon you will whisper to your knee to say ‘Had I taken heed of the advice to resign, I wouldn’t have found myself in this mess.’ Wakutsina khutu ndi mnansi and take the hint. It is up to you to cling to the presidency and end up miserably than listening to the ‘Still small voices’ of Malawians who want you out of office. Koma dyera basi. All the way from USA to come to steal from poor Malawians. You said you were already rich in the USA, if so, what is so special about the Malawi presidency? Please do pack up and go back to USA picking your Green card where you dumped it. We are tired of you as you never listen to advice to step down. Galu iwe ndithu

  8. 2016 welcome says:

    Clueless president doing his area of specialty; nonsensical elevation of traditional leaders.

  9. Sire says:

    His Excellency is spot on. You can’t call yourself ‘warm heart’.

    To be ‘warm hearted’ you must first be honest.

    Where is money from K557 billion cashgate??

    For our country to be the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and honestly free from corruption, we need our leaders to lead by example.

    Actions Bwana Mutharika, not empty words!

  10. Mweene says:

    Peter ukundichititsa manyazi. What is wrong with you? Are you being punished for stealing elections or what? Koma ndiye tikupwetekeka naotu. Very embarrassing time to be lomwe. bola Bingu

  11. Roberto says:

    When Bingu died in 2012, it took President Joyce Banda 100 days to start noticing some changes. For example fuel shortages. And Dr. Bakili Muluzi today is trying back this shit just because he wants his son to be the next president. APM has failed. It took only 100 days for a woman to start performing.

  12. Winston Msowoya says:

    How would you Mathanyula redeem our country from extremely economic collapse to progressive economic footing? In fact,it is you and your obnoxious corrupt thief brother Bingu who have brought the economy of our country into anarchy,and now you have the courage to tell the wretched people of Malawi that you have the will and steadfastness.This is a grave humbug to tell Malawians that you have the will and steadfastness to resuscitate the disastrous economy.Mr.President,you have totally failed to impel the economy of the Country,hence,the political instability in the sense that,politics and economics go hand in hand.It is foolhardy to believe that the economy will bounce back because you have no clue of running the country,what you think of is how to amass wealth for personal agrandisement because you don’t have a family in this country you worry about.To say the fact, Malawi,under the leadership of Bakili Muluzi and J.Banda were patriotic and progressive very contrary to yours and your eccentric brother Thom Muthalika however,Malawians were hoodwinked into believing that you and your brother,could deliver the goods.Bakili echoed the mistakes made by Kanyama Chiume and friend Masauko Chipembere by welcoming the abstruse Mphonongo Banda ,who endedup killing our people brutally.These two brothers,had an agenda to usurp power and then enter into delirium path of looting and extirpate our once political and economic success.Mathanyula,Malawi will do far much better without you and it is time for you to follow your brother.God help us remove this gigantic Komodo Dragon before he destroys our country beyond recognition.THE PEOPLE ARE POWERFUL.

  13. The Analyst says:

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    All those who cared to look beyong their nose, quickly realised that PAC is a joke . . .

    Are we sure that unavailability of maize in ADMARC depots is the strongest basis for calling for APM’s resignation? How about the many economic conundrums hence butt-biting poverty that Malawi is facing; exercabeted by the undecisiveness on the part of the country’s leadership? Trust me, this is an opportunity missed!
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    And for what is PAC calling for a government of national unity (GNU = GUN)?
    . . . Has some political party been robbed of an election victory hence massive discontent among the electorate and potential for violence and bloodshed in the country to warrant the call for a GUN?
    . . . And how does a GUN constitute one of the solutions to the current problems? If not a breeding ground and recipe for game of thrones = chaos?
    . . . Furthermore, how do you reconcile the formation of a GUN and the call for an early election? Kubalalikatu uku!
    . . . Moreso, how does PAC propose that even the unsound-minded gay-love-birds Timothy Mtambo and Trumpet be part of this unity government?
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    Kungoyendera mwambi oti if you cant beat them, you should join them basi? Whoever has sent you to make such a nonsensical proposal is just as mad, useless and greedy as you, the conveyer of the message.
    Now if everybody and anybody is part and parcel of the vessel, who shall check the other? They shall be checking themselves? Useless!!

    Aaaaa PAC you are a huge dissapointment to some of us!
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  14. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    That list is indeed extravagant; and the demands are simply inappropriate in a democracy.
    All democrats must say “NO” to this; it is plainly a backdoor entrance to the halls of power, by the Opposition Parties. So they can resume looting the economy in broad daylight, like they did – MCP during the dictatorship, and PP more recently.
    DPP won the elections, fair and square! It would be undemocratic to relinquish power this way. In fact, they would tarnish their brand if they did that, even in their own backyard.
    Asa.

  15. Bibo says:

    Useless president,busy elevating chiefs for political gains while people are starving. Such leaders have no place in West Africa. He would be easily kicked out without a dignified ceremony. Malawi is cursed to have produced the likes of the Mutharikas and Muluzi as presidents.

    This man has a propensity to be passive to issues directly affecting disadvantaged people. When you look at his track record as cabinet minister, he did objectionable things not reflective of a learned and responsible individual. He is a qualified lawyer but his actions and practices are rudimentary, exposing his proclivities that are degenerating the country into a gradual collapse. I think his brainwave expired way back at Washington University in St. Louis, no wonder he rushed for a political venture into late Bingu’s safari.

    A president needs to possess a special kind of a boilerplate,sacrificing his integrity and subscribing to self denial, with an eye for exceptional achievement which conforms to a future historic legacy. But what APM has done is put himself into an escapade of a presidency and write himself some history which I think many Malawians and outsiders alike will reluctantly open their eyes to read.Malawians are indeed experiencing a prank of his presidency after expecting a lot from the so-called law professor. He can’t even instill discipline in government entities such as Admarc or Escom. There is a myriad of problems in these two parastatals which would be non-existent during Kamuzu’s time. It takes basic solutions to end them,toughness and discipline.

    You would expect a lawyer to understand the term democracy better, but APM seems to miss this. It is a system of government in which power is vested in people and in which all people are involved in decision making.It is also a system in which the highest power is held in people.As is the case with Malawi, the triumph of democracy is less inevitable because DPP government doesn’t recognize the importance of people’s participation in affairs of the nation both social and economical. Progressive ideas from technocrats,chiefs, and concerned citizens are put to shelf. Characters such as Jappie Mhango,Kalekeni Kaphale, George Chaponda, Patricia Kaliati ,Fabiano,Alan Chiyembekedza, Ben Phiri , Mabvuto Bamusi, and APM himself etc. are killers of a democratic spirit. DPP leadership believes in exclusive politics and won’t tolerate an all-nation policy making for transformation and development.

    Although the problems rocking the country now were created at the inception of the first democratic government in 1994, APM has compounded them. In fact, Malawi’s problems experienced an exponential growth and no leader alerted himself to the looming situation. Now we have cries and lamentations but is there any immediate solution? Not when we have a president who seems affected by gravity in the space shuttle. I like APM as a Malawian but he doesn’t act as tough as he looks i.e. he lets problems escalate to uncontrollable level ,even Alf would denounce his passiveness. You would expect star performance from APM’s office judging the countless number of advisors but its all boloney.

    The just ended PAC conference only showcased Cartoon network characters without any substantial expectation of a true blueprint of the country remaking. Typical of Tyson/Holyfield sparring, we had characters from MCP,PP, and DPP acting like champions of verbal aggression without creating a roadmap for Malawi’s new redefinition as a potential successful country. PAC’s rhetoric wasn’t definitive either and fell short of a quick solution to the enormous problems. The question is how did organizations like PAC and Catholic salvage a winning blow against DR Banda and fail to contain the wickedness of leaders of a democratic Malawi? I asked this because these democratic leaders exhibit a lot of arrogance and yet steal from the people but are not invincible while Dr Banda was a lion who roared day and night and had special crocodiles for punishment. I guess now in both PAC and Catholic we have “Kapilikonis or stooges or snitches” who work for the ruling clique.These organizations are not effective now because they are divided and don’t have a common voice like the one experienced during referendum,sad for Malawians indeed.

  16. Banda says:

    Sindinawone mbuzi za anthu ngati MDF soldiers .Mwangokhala chete mukongomuona Galuyu akuonga dziko.Mumangoti disclipline zaziii.Mumalandira ndalama zingati? Mukwanitsa kudyetsa mawanja anu.Tachangamukani inu.Tipatseni ife ma Civilian Mfuti Muone zomwe ifeso timachita.Soon we will attack Muthalika and you will see.Presidential guards be careful we are not joking but killing this fool called IPM

  17. Banda says:

    Peter boma lakukanika vomereza .Mapeto ake timenya nawe khondo and we are ready to fight you.

  18. bestby smart says:

    Asowe mlamu ameneyo Ku capital hill-ko

  19. Accidental Regional Gorvenor says:

    So a whole President admitting that he requires assistance to solve the problem of maize sales at ADMARC? No wonder then that only die hard DPP followers still have confidence in him to solve the country’s problems? The entire Admarc board comprises DPP supporters and so is a good number of the top management. Does it mean he can’t take them to task instead of always blaming vendors? APM really fits in the desciption of an Accidental President.

  20. The Analyst says:

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    . . . If APM realises that some people are stealing maize, what has he done to bring such people to book if he claims to be resolute in action? How difficult can it be to make follow-ups on such tips as those making rounds of MPs e.t.c. buying the whole ADMARC depot stock in liaison with staff? Is it difficult to just call the ADMARC depot managers and warn them or even fire them?

    . . . Also, how does APM to claim that the vendors are a problem when we all know that the vendors are just rational economic agents, acting in their own best interest of profit maximisation? Thus, simply taking advantage of the supply-demand imbalance to maximise their profits?
    . . . Simply put, the vendors are only taking advantage of the already-existing problem but are not causing it. If the country had enough supply of maize, would not the vendors be driven out of business or forced to reduce prices?
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    . . . Laughable is the suggestion that chiefs should deal with the “problem” of vendors and those stealing the grain! Seriously? Kodi APM u professor anaupeza bwanji?
    . . . More laughable is that APM is yet to make a national address on the maize crisis. Did APM have to wait for the situtaion to get out of hand to realise the need for an address – give hope and assurance? Eeee koma President uyuyuuuu, tizamukamba!!!!

    Malawi has seen and had presidents but APM is one of a kind.
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  21. Sibo says:

    Lets wait & see

  22. Chindere APM says:

    Chindere chakufikapo ichi

  23. All-i-can-say says:

    If this man does not have a logistic solution to have maize available to those who need it, then we have a bigger problem than we thought. As a president and chief executive of the country he needs to show that he is in control rather than seeking solutions from others who have vested interests in profiteering from the maize situation. Sometimes intervention works in Malawi. He is too aloof to understand how Malawians function and not suitable for the challenges facing this country. Malawi needs a balance of a visionary with a touch of a hands-on person to get things done and sitting at state house and hoping things will get better is just plain naivety. This man needs to wake up and face the fact that things are deteriorating under his watch because he thinks others are doing something about the problems simply because he appointed them in those positions. Unfortunately it does not work like that in Nyasaland. Did you not know that Malawians are the most venomous people in Southern Africa?

    Please honourbaly call for early elections and let younger minds take charge before the country starts to burn. You will be respected more for doing such a thing rather than clinging on to a sinking boat. Maybe the younger leaders will appoint you in an advisory role on legal matters. The post you are holding now is just too big for your abilities. Leave our country alone.

  24. Patroits says:

    Truthfully we reap what we sow and the heart is deceitful above all things. APM should know our crisis in Malawi is primarily moral and may he clean his house to set a standard.

  25. Dr. Godfrey Mvuma says:

    Leaders are known by their ability to rise to challenges when duty calls. The likes of Kamuzu Banda measured to such. He could make an order for maize to be available at Admarc depots and it became so. This Peter is not even closer to a quarter to what Kamuzu Banda. Why keep such a Failure. Fire him before Malawi completely collapses.

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