President Mutharika says he cannot order arrest of Chaponda: Blasts Chakwera, Kamlepo during MBC program

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Thursday night spoke on the issue of former Agriculture minister George Chaponda and corruption for the first time since he fired his closest ally from cabinet.

President Mutharika: Says Chakwera is irresponsible opposition leader

In a program on state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Mutharika commented on a wide range of issues from opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera to the media, in an hour interview.

Mutharika said his administration is doing all it can to stop corruption and Malawians should understand that he has limits to how he can do things in Malawi because of the law.

“Some people want me to order the arrest of. Hon Chaponda. I cannot do that. If I do that, the same people would be accusing me of excessive powers, they would be talking of trimming my powers,” he said.

He therefore said it was up to the Anti-Corruption Bureau to make its decision on how to prosecute Chaponda.

Mutharika also called Leader of Opposition in parliament as irresponsible.

He accused Chakwera of opposing things just for the sake of opposing, saying he is not constructive in his criticisms.

Mutharika then lined up a number of development programs which his administration has done since the Democratic Progressive Party  (DPP)came to power and other development programs on the cards.

The Malawi leader therefore said it was irresponsible for Chakwera to be painting the government bad always when there was a rosy part of it.

He also laughed of allegations that his late brother, the former president Bingu wa Mutharika looted public coffers and amassed wealth amounting to K92 billion which he stashed in foreign accounts.

“If the economy was affected by the K30 billion cashgate, what about K92 billion, the country would have collapsed,” he said.

He also said the issue of seven cabinet ministers involved in the K236 billion cashgate was just not true, saying this was created by Rumphi east MP Kamlepo Kalua and picked by a newspaper (Malawi News) without any verification.

“If this was true, the opposition would have named the cabinet ministers in parliament where they have immunity. No one could sue them on issues they say in parliament,” he said.

He therefore said it was not true that his government was gagging the opposition from speaking out on the corrupt cabinet ministers, saying if they existed, they would have been unveiled in parliament.

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benjones
Guest

Very fishy! who are you trying to protect? to many loopholes in your statement please Mr. President we expect you to be a good example being the first citizen of Malawi. What a shame i am sure the world must be laughing at us.

NKASA YOSEFE WA LERO
Guest

HE ARRESTED THE HYNA ANIVA IN NSANJE …AND HERE HE HAS NO POWER TO ARREST A MBOMBOCRATIC CHAPONDA…MR PRESIDENT THIS CHAPONDA IS JUST ANOTHER HYNA FROM ANOTHER FOREST….DONT ARREST A HYNA DEPENDING ON THE MOUNTAIN

Okhudzidwa
Guest

Mbuzi ya president ndiwe mtundu wanji wamunthu iwe mbava chidzete chotheratu tamabisa choncho ma umboniwo koma choti udziwe zomwe ukutafunazo ndi thukuta la Amphawi udzayankha pa tsiku la mkwapulo wako

Wa Dpp
Guest

Thumbs Up Mr President, Dont Do Things Coz Winawake Akufuna Mutelo. No One Can Tel U What To Do. Achakwela Mudikile Mukazawina Ngati Nkotheka

sure
Guest

WHY? WHOS HE THAT HE CANT BE ARRESTED,,,, OK TIYENI NAZONI NDIKADAKHALA MFITI NDIKADAMULODZA …
OR POTI NDILIBE MFUTI NDIKADAMU OMBERA …. MMENE ZUWAWAWILA ANTHU AKUBA NDALA NO THUKUTA

NDAMO
Guest

Mbava singalamule kuti mbava inzake amangidwe.

namasina
Guest

The man is not presidential material, period!

Byron
Guest
Such remarks and emotion from a president speak volumes of how unqualified Peter Mutharika has been to become president from day one. Mutharika was passed his prime long time ago. It is not safe to elect old leaders for top positions of the land because their memory is not strong and have strong paranoia. Their decision making is questionable and doesn’t favor the poor. Mutharika has contradicted himself for saying he doesn’t have powers to direct the arrest of Chaponda when it is on record that he ordered the arrest of Hyena Aniva in Nsanje. Should I guess that presidential… Read more »
NGWAZI
Guest

ALIYENSE AKUNGOTI I WILL SPILL THE BEANS
I WILL SPILL THE BEANS
NGATI ANZATHU AJAWO OOOOO

BUT WHEN ARE YOU GOING YO SPILL
THE BEANS ???

Dangerous When provoked
Guest

You’re passive that’s why you can’t order the arrest of your compliance,Most of us knows that you are his puppet,Chaponda is the one who calls the shots

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