Civil society organisations (CSOs) have faulted President Peter Mutharika remarks made during his political rally at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe last week Sunday with regard to the involvement of Justice Elton Singini, former Solicitor General and Attorney General, Anthony Kamanga, and former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander, General Henry Odillo, in the Commission of Inquiry following the death of former President Bingu wa Mutharika.
President intimated that the treason charges levelled against him and others were “a concoction and total rubbish…” and that there were influenced by tribal origins of the parties involved in the Commission of Inquiry.
The CSOs, under the banner of Civil and Political Space Platform (CSP Platform), is a statement made available to Nyasa Times, expressed disappointment and disapproval of the remarks, which they consider unfortunate.
The platform , a loose network of governance and human rights faith-based organisations (FBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are supported and coordinated by Danish Church Aid (DCA), asked the President to exercise statesmanship and caution in whatever he communicates to the people of Malawi.
“One should not be deemed bias or guilty merely because they originate from the same village as another. Such speculative thoughts are divisive and can only be construed as fear mongering as they easily provoke distrust and conflict between political parties, tribes and regions in the country.
“This is particularly unacceptable coming from the nation’s elected leader, who is rather expected to embrace tolerance and peace building,” reads the statement.
The Platform also censure the President for calling the former Army Commander “a cheat”, saying the remarks were slanderous and defamatory.
“Such speculative thoughts are divisive and can only be construed as fear-mongering as they easily provoke distrust and conflict between political parties, tribes and regions in the country,” says the statement signed by CSP Platform chairperson Moses Mkandawire.
The Platform noted that Mutharika was at fault for claiming for MDF chief commander misrepresented the truth during the course of his employment, which they said is a “serious accusation” in light of the exemplary reputation and professionalism of the MDF throughout its history.
Platform members include Public Affairs Committee (PAC), CCAP Church and Society Programmes of Livingstonia, Nkhoma and Blantyre synods; Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Chikwawa, Dedza, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Karonga dioceses; Christian Service Committee (CSC) and Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM).
Others are Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Women’s Legal Resources Centre, Association for Progressive Women (APW) and Maziko Radio.
Last Mutharika also received a censure from Malawi Law Society for his foul mouthing.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :