Mutharika says no jokes on mice-eating, yams not grasshoppers: Malawi President says indulging in mice meals himself

It’s not a joke.  Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika means his word by saying people should eat mice to cope with a nationwide food crisis as on Friday he retaliated his call during  political meetings in the estern city of Zomba.

Mutharika on road show in Zomba: I had mice on my menu

Mutharika on road show in Zomba: I had mice on my menu

President Mutharika recently told hungry Malawians to eat mice  in a bid to curb the scourge of hunger that had hit the nation.

His remarks at Mulanje where he addressed a political rally  caused an immediate backlash, with some Malawians claiming that Mutharika was being offensive to some religious groups who did not eat mice.

Government spokesperson Patricia Kaliati in an attempt to put a possitive spin, said  President Mutharika was simply cracking a joke.

Kaliati, who is also Minister of Infomation , said the criticism following Mutharika’s  utterances could only be described as “thoughtless”.

On Friday, Mutharika  maintained that Malawians should make a meal ot of mice but clarified that in Mulanje he did not mention grasshoppers (Zitete) but meant Zitchetche (yams).

Speaking at a at Matawale in Zomba, Muthalika said “on the issue of hunger that the traditional leaders have said, my government will do its best to deal with it.”

“I should also take this opportunity to clarify what the media reported in my last week rally. I did not say eat zitete (grasshoppers) but zitchetche which means yams in my Lomwe language,” said Muthalika.

Ena mwa inu makutu anu samva bwino, what I said is that Malawians should eat sweet potatoes, cassava, mice and yams and you have to quote me in right context today,” he added.

According to Muthalika eating of mice is very deeply entrenched in the  traditions of the Lhomwe people.

“I don’t know about other parts of the country but to my area mice are a delicacy and I had it yesterday during my dinner,” said the President.

His remarks contradict Kaliati’s statement that Muthalika wasn’t being serious.

Malawi is currently in the grips of a food crisis following drought and the president declared a state of national crisis earlier this year.

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20 thoughts on “Mutharika says no jokes on mice-eating, yams not grasshoppers: Malawi President says indulging in mice meals himself”

  1. Winston Msowoya says:

    Soon after independence in 1964,the international communitity especially the African nations ,shouted hoarse.Malawi them selves ,were the happiest folks to arrive at that day(6th JULy,1964).Unfortunately two months later,9th August,1964,the party was over once and for all.Since that day,hitherto,Malawians have been living under hellish sort of human life without rival elsewhere in Africa apart from few failed States.Where did we go astray? Let me a bit endeavour to explain what overwhelming masses of young men and young women still do not comprehend fully what had just propped up then.It started a month before the Independence Day by the first brilliant and top notched intellectual Ministers Viz: Masauko Chipembere,Kanyama Chiume,Willy Chokani,John Msonthi (however,Msonthi broke loose within few hours to rejoin Banda’s band wagon),Orton Chirwa,QC,Augustine Bwanausi,Yatuta Chisiza,Rose Chibambo.Dunduzu K.Chisiza former Deputy. Minister of Finance who was supposed by all rights to be come the first Minister of Finance was earlier brutally killed in cold blood by Banda’s secret thugs at Nthondwe Bridge near Zomba.The nucleus of the famous cabinet crisis ranged from partriotism and Pan-Africanist,these two then,were charecteried by deep-rooted clarion-call for our freedom struggle.On this juncture,the ex Ministers took an opportunity to have an odience with Dr.Banda whom they had seen fastly ascending to a dictatorial platform.Banda finally accepted to sit-down with his Ministers to discuss the issues of significance relating to our newly born nation.Banda asked the Minsters to present their issues before him. VIZ: The Ministers asked Banda to stop calling them his boys,as he used to do in public,The Ministers asked Banda to remove the draconian part of unlawful detention without trial,to hasten the processes of Africanisation in government positions,to allow multi-party in the country,to help our Southern Africa brothers liberate their countries,to foster economic and political alliance with our neighbours,to fire white arrogant officers in civil services,To fire John Broke,Black wood and the rest colonialists who showed disrespect to Malawians and the government must forthwith embark on changing salary structures in the of Civil Service and aboveall to discipline unruly white civil servants.What we are seeing today,is the beginning of the end of our country,there is nothing that we can give A or B+ for.Corruption has reached its zenith,tribalism is the song of the day,crime is indescribable,the economy will just remain a history, and politically,our country is heading to the hyenas,so what next? GOD KNOWS.What we can do now as all people of good will,is to stand and deny the DPP under Peter Muthalika,the cheapest President in Africa,to rule for another five years because it would be the end of our dear Malawi.READ MY LEAPS !!!!!

  2. wiche says:

    Ngati mwamva njala musachedwe idyani zitchetche ndi mbewa msanga ndipo njala yonse izathawa…..copyright professorial guide 2016

  3. chaponda says:

    kenaka atiwuza kuti tizidya ng’ona

  4. joj says:

    The lomwe’s even eat rats, so mice is an improvement

  5. Chambe says:

    Simply put the other way round; the advice is for those who eat nsima mamawa masana ndi madzulo.These people continue doing this as usual even after straggling to buy the scarce maize from ADMARC.They also straggle to find ndiwo to meet the three times a day nsima that they eat.Iam of the opinion that if they can reduce nsima and eat futali( from sweet potato), cassava,yams etc, they can still survive. This was also a similar advice from Kamuzu and Muluzi in similar situations in the past.

  6. Eugene says:

    This Midnight Six thief will destroy Malawi. Bring back our 61 billion chonde

  7. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    COVER A KILOBYTE AND EXPOSE THE GIGABYTE

    So APM thinks the advice on yams and tubers is better and more hope-giving than otherwise?
    . . . Just come to think of it . . .
    If, by whatever misfortune, you find yourself caught up in a possibility of being eaten by a lion. Can someone come and say, “kukamabwera mkango thawani”?
    . . . Isnt this what every(normal)body would naturally do?
    Now, what’s this that APM is talking about? when he tells people to eat yams and tubers?
    . . . Isnt resolting to eating yams, what people would naturally and always do, in rural areas and elsewhere? APM has so lost touch with reality that he thinks people eat sausages.
    . . . and, is this the best advice a whole professor or president could give?
    . . . Why not something new or professiorial or presidential – e,g, how much maize has already been procured (urgent and short-term measure) and progress on massive irrigation farming (long-term measure)?
    ………………………………………………………………………….
    I wish APM could just keep quiet, realising that he clearly misled himself into kusochera mmayankhulidwe.
    . . . Otherwise, it doesnt help any person to try to cover up a kilobyte-signal of vacancy-of-mind and mad-talk (at pains to avoid “stupidity”) but only end up exposing the remaining gigabyte (of the same)?
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

    1. Kanthu Ako! says:

      The Analyst you are thinking like a normal person should, and you are right, but, Malawians, since the dawn of multi party do not behave like normal people.

      Do you need to wait for government to do everything for you? what is government? does government die of starvation?

      In Malawi if someone is doing well, people plot to bring them down. Do you remember there was a chap farming at Zalewa, and every time you passed there there was green maize, what did Malawians do, provoked him to the extent he was implicated in murder, do you see any maize along the shire now? And the shire has water.

      Malawians need telling, they do not like it, but they need to be told all the time. They are like kids.

      It does not matter who was president, there would still be famine in Malawi. There has been famine in Malawi for as long as I can remember. When we had food we sold it, and drank with the money, we drink castle, so the money goes to SA. When we do not have food, we always find a scape goat.

      There are very rich people in Malawi, some even buy banks, but they can not bring themselves to help in the agriculture of this country because they know, they will see what the Zalewa chap saw.

      Malawians have themselves to blame, they are lazy,intolerant,politically ignorant,jealous, and riddled with diseases. NATIONAL ANTHEM ” Hunger,Disease,Envy and Umbuli is also in the mix.

      1. James says:

        Why was he trying to justify the implication? He knows the fact that he went around the country with maize telling people to vote for him if they want maize as if DPP has a farm or can provide rains on people’s farms. It’s high time these politians stop taking people for granted.

  8. Colleague of Chakufwa Chihana says:

    Mutharika you imbecile if your area I.e. the lomwes love to eat mice so be it but you insult the rest of the Malawians by asking them to eat mice.
    You are are oblivious to the suffering of the rest of the country. Look at your size you grow fatter by the way.

    1. PSP says:

      was he not speaking to the people of Thyolo?

  9. Martin says:

    No waste of time on these simple issues. The president is trying to inform the nation of alternatives of nsima and regular ndiwo to reduce this poverty. If we have other means then we can advise him and inform the nation of the same…

    1. Zonunkha Ayi says:

      Martin, you are right people should not major in minor. Though you debate it politically, will it solve the hunger problem?

  10. PSP says:

    UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22508439

  11. Mgift says:

    LAND SLIDE 2019 muzaberanso? Acilima ndi Anyilenda azacita zimene anacita 2014 ? kukamwako DO U YHINK WE RE ALL HAPPY WITH UR STUPID READER SHIP?”WE DONT WANT U . DID U WIN 2014? OR Nyilenda put u their for his good Ask Dtd 1 pupil is 36 / pass or fail ?

    1. gobagoba says:

      If you are not happy, zako izo. Ife we are very happy and love APM. Your petty politics of picking APM’s every single useless mistake is just making more people sympathize with him. You think your are being shrewd by amplifying simple and minor errors that APM makes when actually it is you yourselves that are being exposed. People know what type of people you are and what you are trying to do. Just read the daily papers, nyasatimes and other social media stories. See which people are doing that and you will know what I am talking about.

  12. Mgift says:

    WHAT CAN AFOREIGNER SAY? VOTE FOR HIM AGAIN 2019″& DAUSI SILET KILLER & KALIATI ,AGUDO MWANGOTI MPHWII ANA ANU AKUPONDEREZEDWA NDI KOTA FULISH OLD MAN.

  13. Thinktank says:

    Can we be serious for once please….it’s insulting to intelligence of malawians

  14. prof. Odiyayo says:

    I like that kind of honest Mr President. To say eat mice and you should eat is not an insult. It is stating a fact.

    1. Thinktank says:

      It’s an insult..kutha ma plan basi….what kind of solution is. That

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