Mutharika’s military aide fired over ‘appointments’: Malawi President ‘unaware’

Controversy at State House surrounds the dismissal on Tuesday of President Peter Mutharika’s aide-de-camp (ADC), Fostino Gunda Phiri, whom insiders reveal got the chop without the knowledge of his boss, the Head of State.

ADC sent back to barracks

ADC sent back to barracks

Mutharika did not know his ADC was in bad books with Ben Phiri

Mutharika did not know his ADC was in bad books with Ben Phiri

On the move; The aide- de camp leading President Mutharika

On the move; The aide- de camp leading President Mutharika

“He was ordered to surrender and handover all State House items in his possession to the Guard Commander. It was the President’s Personal Assistant (PA), Ben Phiri, who made the order, rather surprisingly,” said a member of Mutharika’s security detail at Kamuzu Palace in the Capital City, Lilongwe.

He told Nyasa Times in an interview the President’s PA and the ADC seem to crossed paths over the presidential diary.

The ADC is responsible for arranging appointments for the President and that there seems to have been disagreements between the two over who should or should not meet President Mutharika, according to the security officer, who pleaded for anonymity.

“Ben Phiri called the Chief of Staff (Peter Mukhito) to his office upstairs and informed him that the services of the ADC are no longer required at State House.

“He told the Chief of Staff, the President does not want to see him again,” said the security officer, adding that Mukhito carried out the order on Tuesday, March 3 only to discover a day later that the President never sacked his ADC.

“The President was confused when the Chief of Staff informed him about the matter. It is not clear what the President’s decision will be after this seemingly breach of protocol. But one thing is for sure, Ben Phiri and the ADC cannot work together again,” he said.

The security official also alleged that the transfer of the former Guard Commander, Duncan Mwapasa from State House to Police Headquarters was also instigated by the President’s PA. Mwapasa is now Deputy Inspector General.

“In terms of rank, Mwapasa is now more senior than when he was Guard Commander. However, the privileges that come with being a Guard Commander for the Head of State are quite enormous benefits. Given a chance, Mwapasa could have chosen to remain at State but the most powerful am in government Ben Phiri insisted he must go,” he claimed.

The sacked ADC will return to the Army Barracks where he holds the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel. He was Security Attaché at Malawi’s High Commission in Zambia before he was hired as President Mutharika’s ADC.

The ADC could not be reached for his comment while both Phiri and Mukhito could not pick calls when Nyasa Times sought their comment.

But MDF spokesman confirmed Phiri is back at the barracks.

“I can confirm that Lieutenant Colonel Phiri is no longer with State House. He has been recalled to MDF to carry out other duties,” said MDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Francis Kakhuta-Banda.

However, Kakhuta-Banda could not give the reasons for Gunda-Phiri’s removal from State House, only saying the Army Commander saw it necessary to recall and assign him to other duties.

Meanwhile, President Mutharika’s Executive Secretary has also been relieved of his job at Kamauzu palace.

According to sources at State House, Hilda Chapola was fired on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

She has been redeployed to Ministry of Health. Reasons for her transfer are unknown.

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Davie Chikaonda
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Leave Ben Phiri alone. The only man who stood by APM munthawi yamavuto. We straggled to build the dpp u see today coz pipo run away frm us wen Bingu died. Kwa iye ali true dpp akudziwa bwino ubwino wa Ben Phiri he’s ahardworker, God fearing and above all royal to the dpp family. Olo mumunene motani bt Ben is the strong man.

Penyani
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Who the hell is this Ben Phiri. These are drunken bastards who run the country affairs like the affairs of their backyard

Mark Markc
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Alomweeee!

Mark Markc
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Nde’chamba2

Mark Markc
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Boma iloooooooooo!

Mark Markc
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Boma

Mark Markc
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Boma ilooooooo!

skopion
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Ben Phiri
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This is clearly the works of atidyenawo aiming at tarnishing my image kuti iwowo atenge mpando. APM is not like the rest that goes on rewarding atidyenawo, recycled politicians who clearly have no royalty, dignity, morals. these are the same people that defected even before we buries the late president Ngwazi Prof Bingu Wa Mutharika . what a shame. this time you will never see State house through ukapilikoni as you have always done before.

Chonchobe
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comment 101.
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