Mutharika rejects having stunted mind: Blasts cabinet critics , says DPP cronies to maintain strategic positions

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has said he will continue appointing ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cronies in his slim 20 member cabinet, saying they never left the party in its difficult times.

President Mutharika has maintained his “inner circle” and DPP big wigs in strategic positions

President Mutharika has maintained his “inner circle” and DPP big wigs in strategic positions after cabinet reshuffle

Sea of crowds at Mutharika's DPP rally in Nsanje

Sea of crowds at Mutharika’s DPP rally in Nsanje

Mutharika  was referring to the period between 2012 and 2014 when the party was out of power because of the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, the head of state’s elder brother and founder of the DPP.

“These people never left us when we were  in the desert during the difficult times,” said Mutharika likening the Biblical Israel suffering to the period DPP suffered a heavy blow after the death of Bingu, which led to an overnight exodus of DPP members to Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party after she was declared president of the Republic.

“I have heard and read, some of you are saying these are same old faces, this and that but you must understand that these people stood by me in the trying times,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika reshuffled his cabinet on Thursday afternoon sacking one senior minister, Allan Chiyembekeza, former Agriculture , moving around several others and drafted in one new face as deputy minister.

However he maintained his cabinet elite, those that were arrested with him in the infamous Midnight Six that include Henry Mussa, Jean Kalirani, Patricia Kaliati, Goodall Gondwe, Kondwani Nankhumwa and Bright Msaka.

The sixth, Nicholas Dausi is an untouchable director of National intelligence Bureau.

University of Malawi political scientist Boniface Dulani noted in the local press that the appointment is a departure from Mutharika’s earlier commitment to match expertise with ministerial appointments.

He said: “Now we have lawyers heading the Agriculture Ministry and engineers heading Foreign Affairs to give but two examples where expertise is mismatched.”

Mutharika dismissed the critique saying, “you should know that I don’t have a feeble mind, I can think for myself.”

The President said there were some people he did not mention that were pleading with him to be appointed ministers, saying he could not appoint them because they were not with him in political wilderness but only his DPP inner circle.

Mutharika, who seemed to have mastered the Chichewa language challenged the opposition that he would ensure they are in the opposition for the next 20 years.

“They seem to be enjoying their job as opposition because they oppose everything I say and do. They love their job as opposition members so I will ensure that they are in opposition for the next 20 years, after all this is the job they love,” said Mutharika.

He condemned the killings of the elderly, people with albinism and mob justice, saying those involved in the vice risk long jail terms.

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25 thoughts on “Mutharika rejects having stunted mind: Blasts cabinet critics , says DPP cronies to maintain strategic positions”

  1. Hoitty Totty says:

    You are doing a good job Peter. Continue working with all your cronies. Look at what you have achieved. Total failure and misery for Malawi. Keep them they will not leave you until you all together bring the country to its knees

  2. Winston Msowoya says:

    Iam very thrilled to read the comments made by the commentators on the Chakuamba issue.Iam now beggining to see the light at the end of a long tunnel.What I used to encounter when reading through commentators’ attributions were ethnically motivated mud-slinging,hatrade,regionalism and egregious malice the list goes on.This was to the treacherous advantage to regionally dominated leadership.This was not progressive leadership,but rather precarious one in the sense that none of the national leaders stood up to reprobate the disasterous trends to morals.In fact many national leaders clandestinely bolstered the wicked dogma paving the clear road to “DIVIDE AND RULE DOGMA”.This must be a big blow to Peter and the likes who expected Malawians could give them massive support to divide our magnificent motherland to their own aggrandizement .It is also a bitter pill to swallow for Malawians to vote for the leaders they never knew before,but now,we have learnt a gracious lesson.ONCE BITTEN,TWICE SHY.Let us get united to defend our once God fearing motherland and remember,DIVIDED WE FALL.Muthalika has nothing to loose,but me and you will be the losers.The only people to fight Muthalika are Malaians from Songwe to Sanje and from Likoma to Chipata.ALUTA CONTNUA,VENCREMOS.The people will triumph.

  3. Cash Gate says:

    the highest qualification is just to be lolyaty, haaaaaa!!!, shame on you mr presdent.

  4. Yoweri Magufuli says:

    Stupid Kangamire. Use african examples for african scenarios facts are correct though.
    As read on Malawi encyclopedia Kangamire equals Getting stuck with Alien prestige despite your visible tattered habitat. Ur just like peter webster thom himself.

  5. Gwedema says:

    Kangamire Zowazowa or who ever mother *F** you are when did Muthalika ever make an educated decision? The guy is an absolute failure and a moron to say the least. It is because of stupid worp minded idiots like you that make these corrupt rotten bastards think they are doing a great job. Incidentally nobody elected Muthalika . He rigged the election see the video by Ligomeka you mother fuck!

  6. Kangamire Zowazowa says:

    Forgetaboutit – APM has mandate to pick the team he wants to work with and he knows that he will live and die by them. It is foolhardy to chose a guy and then expect him to ask you silly ninocoomps t suggest ot vet his cabinet. Nonsense

    Give a guy a break – will ya? Am in USA and if Agriculture doesn’t perform – nobody cares about who the secretary of agric is – we swoop on Obama or George Bush or Clinton or whoever the President is – that’s called accountability and fucking buck stops right here!!!

    You mother fuckers commenting here have no fucking idea how government of the people works. We elect the president to fulfill executive function; congress or parliament to fulfil legislation function and judges to fulfil judiciary function. These three legs of governance have been tested and so far it is considered best form of representative government.

    Ndine Wakawaka Chamdimba Kalimbang’ombe Singaonde Malakolako

    1. November Rain says:

      Could you not have communicated the message without being foul in your language?

      Or you wanted to sound more American? Ha! Only ignorant blacks and people with no class do this! Sadly, the shame of a mad man dancing naked in the marketplace goes to his sane relatives? And you are a shame to the black community.

      And who cares really about where you are? Why tell us that you are in America?

      You are a complete idiot, aise!

  7. Jali wa Jali says:

    We don’t mind having the same cabinet for five or more years, actually that is how it should be. If a CEO can work in a company for 10 years so why not minister.

  8. Semani says:

    DPP is in government coz of loyal people like muli and those who were arrested by Mama Joice, APM is President coz of the same people its a political game no capability no qualification just loyalty. If you have capability and qualification join them now and work hard, they will remember you when they get there again .

  9. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    The line that separates truth from a lie is so thin that the two become one, sometimes . . .
    . . . No one in his/her honest self can say these guys stood by APM through trying times as if they had other choices. Remaining DPP hence standing by APM (by default) was their Hobson’s choice. As such we shoudnt be loose with the facts here.

    Nanga . . .
    . . . what other choices did these guys have besides standing by APM? Could Dausi have re-joined MCP – the party he unceremoniously dumped claiming Bingu reminded him of Kamuzu?
    . . . could Kaliati have joined PP with the evil-eye she and JB had?;
    . . . could these suspicious faces go anywhere with their palpable failed attempt to block JB from ascending to the presidency?
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    . . . It’s just unfortunate/fortunate that JB refused to grow in her accidental rise and continued to mistake the presidency for masanje hence wasted all her time kumagawa zitete, abakha and stuff; instead of strategising on how to meaningfully move this country forward.
    . . . Otherwise, these guys could have been forced to remain with that one choice still.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    And it helps no one to just surround him/herself with friends for ministers . . .
    Truth is – most of these people have been tried and tested and found wanting.
    . . . what else do we need from them now?
    . . . are we surprised that Malawi is not moving anywhere?; when only friends to the president become ministers regardless of expertise?
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  10. PengaPenga says:

    Oh? so its about loyalty not capabilities? Koma Pulezidenti uyu nde ndiowumadi mutu. Ndakhala Meiji machina kira chi Pitala (Petulosi) koma APA chandimvesa nasoni.

  11. We knew alredy about the failures of him who failed in all ministries he was assigned to,hence to: no surprise he has no problem.

  12. Zilani says:

    What else do we expect? The president is there by mistake and is busy enriching himself more after looting K577bn helped by the same snakes in cabinet. Chilima and Atupele, you better see the writing on the wall. The sooner the better.

  13. Kadakwiza says:

    What Malawians we expect from DPP and it’s leadership is to deliver. We don’t care who is in the cabinet as far as someone can deliver. We want leadership which can take us out of poverty. We want a government which can create decent jobs, and reduce unemployment. We want a government which can give us hope. It’s only 34 months left which was given to our President and his government to deliver. So we as Malawians are watching very close.

  14. Jambo says:

    Some people who attend rallies are opposition members. Not everyone who attended the meeting is Deepipi

  15. J. Chagoma says:

    It’s increasingly difficult to separate politics or political parties and government in Malawi. You can not run government while ignoring the political side of it. And if I may ask, who is more qualified or suitable than the ones he has appointed? If he appointed you and me, some would still criticise the move. Let him work with whoever he wants.

  16. Joyce banda says:

    Kodi mukanakhala inu mukanatani, you want him to appoint Mganda Chiume the traitor? No ways!

  17. Tengupenya says:

    LOYALTY is important in politics.

  18. VYOTO says:

    AYIWALA KUTI CASHGATE INAMUTHANDIZILA. 2019 IYEYO NDI MA CASHGATE AKE AKU AGRICULTURE ADZATHANDIZANSO ENA.WU PROFESSOR NDI UWO ANTHU ASIMIKIZA KUTI BOLANSO WA MANDAZI UJA.PRESIDENT OF TANZANIA, MAGUFULI IS NOT A PROFESSOR BUT A STAR PERFORMER.

    1. sd says:

      Magafuli is star perfomer in ur ass! Ddnt u heard AID has bn suspended in Tanzania? above all is Magafuli Malawian?Go to hell bitch ass

  19. Ben says:

    ndimmene adzaluzire come 2019.its too far from now. soon they will b at opposition benches.

  20. Chingondo says:

    Keep them at the peril of the party because the ballot will remove you all. Formation of the cabinet should be Malawi first other than cronies first. With DPP Malawi is cursed and doomed.

  21. Ken Mwambo says:

    This is the mentality of a President that does not want the country to develop. Seriously you can maintain your ministers because they were or are royal to you despite the meagre effective capabilities. This president is a pure joke and the country is on autopilot. God help us

  22. Concerned citizen says:

    The truth of the matter is rallies in Malawi full of spectators with different motives. The poverty mindset attracts greedy politicians feasting on lies and empty promises. There’s nothing new under the sun every remains meaningless!

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