Mutharika’s now a joker: Kaliati hits at critics of ‘eat mice’ remarks

Information, Communication Technology and Civic Education Minister who is also government spokesperson Patricia Kaliati has hit back at some Malawians faulting President Peter Mutharika in what she calls ‘innocent things’ including jokes.

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Kaliati said the remarks made by President  Mutharika at a recent development rally in Mulanje that people should eat ‘mice’ as part of their food supplement was just a joke

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times,  Kaliati said the criticism directed at the President Mutharika referring to his remarks are thoughtless.

“The criticism directed at innocent jokes that the President cracked at a recent development rally in Mulanje that people should eat Mice as part of their food supplement is thoughtless and unwarranted. It speaks of fault-finding of the extreme nature” said Kaliati in a statement.

Kaliati said the Mutharika-led government  is doing everything to safeguard his people from consequences of natural disasters that have resulted to food shortage.

She said among other things, in the 2016-17 Malawi National Budget, the government has allocated enough funds to enable it import of enough food.

Kaliati  also said the government has been lobbying the international community and well wishers to come forward with assistance.

“The President has a right to joke when he is interacting with his people. He does not have to fear to explore his sense of humour simply because fault-finders lie in wait to denounce anything that he says.

“Government wishes to take this opportunity to assure the people of Malawi once again that everything is being done to address the food shortages that not only this country is experiencing,” Kaliati said.

Kaliati said claiming Mutharika has abdicated his people through the mice remarks is ‘sinking our politics to new levels of pettiness’.

“The President like all Malawians know that ‘Mice’ are eaten in some parts of our country even in times of plenty as a delecacy and to diversify on their traditional foods,” Kaliti added.

The ‘let Malawias eat mice’ remarks by Mutharika has however been received with mixed reactions from most Malawians through the social media.

Some say they are offensive to people like members of the Seventh Day Church and Muslims who do not eat mice.

This is not the first time for Mutharika to crack a joke angering Malawians as he was some months ago heavily criticised for saying ‘Nilibe Pulobulemu’ (I dont have a Problem) at a public rally while millions of Malawians are starving.

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Tikondane
Guest

Amayiwa zinazi komaaaa! Zoona zikhale zoikira kumbuyo izi? Kuonetsa umbuli waukulu uku kkkkkk!!! Ma jokes sitichita pa maliro!

President Pedro
Guest

You dont joke when the house is burning. Malawi People are really suffering and the politicians think, its just ajoke. Can Kaliati survive on mice and rats and grasshoppers. A pity

Chindere chakufikapo
Guest

That is what happens when you have a President with a brain of a mouse and an IQ of a grasshopper

Vumani Mkabenga
Guest

If I were kaliatI I would have been selective in my way of defending because apa mwaonetserathu kuti our government is run by people who do not know what they are doing.

Zuze
Guest

Mr Jokes! Utakhala pa msana pa Njovu usamati kulibe mame

Nkhulandi
Guest

Joking with Peoples lives?? IDIOT!!!

Chimunthu
Guest

If the President was only joking, then it was a joke in very bad taste indeed. If the President wants people to respect him, then he must in turn respect his people by not making jokes about people’s hunger. In this case he deserves all the criticism he receives. Kaliati’s attempt to exonerate APM is pathetic in the extreme. He is guilty as charged.

Tikondane
Guest

And convicted as charged! I need someone to sentence him kkkkkkk!!!!

Mchemo
Guest

AMALAWI TIYENI TIWONESESE PAMENEPA MWANZELU. KODI ATCHEYA PAMISONKHANO AMAKHONZA KUJOKA ALIPO KODI AMANENAPO KANTHU? MAPULEZIDENTIWANSO NDANTHU AMAFUNANSO KUPANGA PHWETE.

IF YOU CAN REMEMBER WELL IN LIWONDE EX-PRESIDENT BAKILI MULUZI WAS ATTACKING CHILD RAPISTS HE SAID “…kodi mwana wa zaka 9 mumvamo chani kusiya ma buludoza ali kusogolokuwa…”.

WHERE WERE THOSE ADVOCATING WOMEN RIGHTS? PEOPLE TOOK IT AS A JOKE. EASY MALAWIANS AND BE JOVIAL ALWAYS AS LAUGHTER IS BEST MEDICINE OF ALL TIMES

Biti
Guest

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

john
Guest

BY NOW MUTHARIKA SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT MALAWIANS DO NOT LIKE HIS JOKES. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WHY JOKING ON A SERIOUS MATTER LIKE HUNGER, OF ALL THE THINGS!

EVERYDAY MUTHARIKA ENJOYS 3-COURSE MEALS USING OUR MONEY WHEN SOME OF OUR PEOPLE CAN NOT AFFORD A MEAL IN A DAY. IT IS MUTHARIKA WHO IS THOUGHTLESS!

I ALWAYS GET SURPRISE WHEN PEOPLE WANT LEADERSHIP SO MUCH AND YET THEY HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER.

The Analyst
Guest
O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O THE ERLIER, THE BETTER kaliati’s res[pnse is not surprising at all . . . . . . You see . . . Kaliati has spent a good part of her life lying/defending lies, that truth no longer exists in her. Yet if Kaliati had any kilobyte of honesty/truth left in her veins, she could have known that . . . . . . the one who made the joke (if at all it was a joke) is not the right person – Head of State . . . the timimg of the joke was wrong – nthawi ya njala… Read more »
Maxwell Chazika
Guest

Surely his choice of jokes is often misplaced. Sikale anabweretsa chimbale cha ‘Ndilibe problem’

Kandapako
Guest

You are right “The Analyst”. A joke has “time”, “place” and “audience” as its basic requirements.

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