Aford MP Chihana faults Chakwera for removing Namathanga as Malawi army general

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) sole legislator in Parliament, Yeremiah Chihana has faulted President Lazarus Chakwera for removing General Andrew Namathanga as the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander.

MP Yeremiah Chihana:  Faults Chakwera

Chihana said this on Monday when he was contributing to the State of the Nation Address (Sona) delivered by Chakwera  last Friday.

He said  Namathanga played his role to ensure smooth transition of power from former president Peter Mutharika to the incumbent President.

Last week, President Chakwera fired Namathanga and replaced him with Vincent Nundwe  who was dismissed in March by Chakwera’s predecessor, Mutharika.

A governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali also credited the  great role the Namathanga led Malawi army played prior to, during and after the 2020 Presidential elections cannot go without mention.

“While indeed General Vincent Nundwe will certainly be viewed as the best, people’s general so far in Malawi history, General Peter Namathanga will be remembered as a general who defied all odds by ensuring a smooth transition from DPP regime to Tonse government.

“Certainly, he may just a victim of circumstances mindful that his removal as a Commander has nothing to do with his performance but rather an act of correcting a previous wrong,” he stated.

Munthali, nonetheless, said General Namathanga should pat himself on the back for protecting the good legacy of Malawi Army at such a critical time of elections and transition.

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Parliamentary Privilege
Parliamentary Privilege
9 months ago

Jeremiah Chihana can put his being an MP to good use anfbuild up support for AFORD and enhance his own credentials instead of willy nelly speaking on military matter, unaware of the consequences this can have. He is that once who carried out a valuation of Bingu’s estate, bank accounts etc. let Jeremiah use his parliamentary privilege to inform the nation of how much Bingu looted.

Last edited 9 months ago by Parliamentary Privilege
Kabwafu
Kabwafu
9 months ago

Don’t expect anything constructive from Yeremiah. He is a loose cannon which can shoot in any direction. The moment he stands to speak, make sure you immediately take cover even if you are seated behind him.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

Achitsilu nanu inu. Why not concentrating on rebuilding your dying party or better still deal with your katapila. Chakwera was simply undoing the injustice done by nkhalamba.

Ndata Boy
9 months ago

if you want a different Commander just run for presidency in 2025, if you will win you will choose your Namathanga. but this time is for Chakwera and he has the power to appoint the commander of his choice

wakalekale
9 months ago

Y Chihana called Chakwera soon after the cabinet was out pleading that the president should create a ministerial post of town planning for him. when the president said no, Chihana gave the president seven days to consider the request or else he was to be against govt in parliament. The president said no. Today its not a surprise to see him making this statement in parliament. munthuyu ngwadyera. To him politics is business. No wonder amatenga katapira. AFORD is no longer a force and you can move out of the coalition you are a passenger, ukutilemera. kufuna kudyera legacy ya… Read more »

NAMAROKOLO
9 months ago
Reply to  wakalekale

Mmmmm, you are ignorant of Malawi politics. The Chihana you are referring to is not Yeremia, in fact he is Enock. Yeremia is the one who is in Parliament and a well to do person. The katapila scandal involved Enock. Iwedi ndi wakalekale eti kkkkkk .

wakalekale
9 months ago
Reply to  NAMAROKOLO

“well to do”
and yet brother fails to honour 4 million kwacha katapira?????

chimbirajembe
9 months ago
Reply to  wakalekale

Correcetion: The Parliamentarian is Yeremia, not Enock. The sentiments best fits the later and not thus MP

Nimrod
Nimrod
9 months ago

Expect more of this from Yeremiah during this sitting of Parliament. He will try to rock the boat. He is angry for having been left out of cabinet. Another angry lion is Khumbo Kachali of the Freedom Party, only that he is not in Parliament.

KK supporters
KK supporters
9 months ago
Reply to  Nimrod

Who told you Khumbo Kachali wants Cabinet post. The guy is comfortable. Ask Peter Peter mutharika and Chakwera the man does not want any cabinet position. Parliament he will go back alone

WaWa
WaWa
9 months ago
Reply to  KK supporters

Immediately Khumbo Kachale was made Vice President by Joyce Banda, he met with CEO of Mota who paid Khumbo a bribe of US $16 million. That is why Khumbo is very comfortable and he doesn’t need a position as Minister

msundwe
msundwe
9 months ago
Reply to  KK supporters

Or ask Joyce Banda kuti anaba ma bed ali VP? chindele chakufikapo

Malawian
Malawian
9 months ago

Namathanga still has more years in his career so there is high probability that he will bounce back to the position. General Nundwe needs to have a proper retirement.

The insensitive and shortsighted political approach that Yeremia Chihana is taking has a potential to backfire, he will be a one term MP if he is not careful. How can Yeremia Chihana forget that most Northerners were at pains with the manner and circumstances in which Nundwe was removed from the position.

Dowa boy
Dowa boy
9 months ago
Reply to  Malawian

Very stupid thinking. Is being a northerner in position makes everyone celebrate u?why some stupid and shallow thinking people always want to make the north as isolated region or being owned by a certain group.whether one comes from north or south we are all one and making such of calling one as northerner is a mistake.

Kwa
Kwa
9 months ago
Reply to  Malawian

northerner northerner ndekuti chani. we are Malawians basi

Corona King
Corona King
9 months ago
Reply to  Malawian

Stupid Malawian, i also come from northern region and Yelemia chihana is my MP and i dont support the decision Chakwela made of firing Namathanga, we cant just buy any rubbish just becayse Nundwe ciomes from there, Chakwela was too insensitive honestly!!!

Mwambalanganya
9 months ago
Reply to  Corona King

There are idiots in all parts of the world

Bauleni
Bauleni
9 months ago

Politicising the army anywhere in the world is bad for business.

MUMU Families
9 months ago

Zinazi are just frustrations for being left out of the cabinet. We know how ambitious Yeremia. But you have to look at your past as well. Kulanda mkazi wa mwini is haunting you.

Chakwera cannot appease anyone. He looked at circumstances that led to the removal of Nundwe as well. We commend Chihana for moving a motion to Gazette elections which dpp wanted to frustrate. Unfortunately not everyone can be a minister Mr. Chihana.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
9 months ago
Reply to  MUMU Families

I don’t think that Chihana is speaking out of frustration but it is the truth. As much as we are for the Tonse Alliance administration that can not blind our eyes so that we just be following religiously not at all. Wrong is wrong. Bad is bad & good is good right is right regardless of who does it. So Chihana is saying the truth, Namathanga didn’t do anything wrong & that needs to be balanced.

George Malemu
George Malemu
9 months ago
Reply to  Keen Observer

Namathanga didn`t do anything wrong so too is Nundwe

goodson
goodson
9 months ago
Reply to  George Malemu

so they could have found an alternative way of compensating nundwe

Vwala uheni
Vwala uheni
9 months ago

He was just doing his job

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
9 months ago
Reply to  Vwala uheni

The President has powers to choose any one on position of national interest and that individual should have similar interest in maintaining peace as the appointee.Namathanga was appointed by Peter because of his direct affinity to the DPP family and he must go.

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