President Bingu wa Mutharika failed to give a comprehensive answer on the diplomatic stand-off between Malawi and Zambia arising from a 2007 deportation of Zambia’s President Michael Sata when he was opposition leader then.
“I had expected that President Sata would come to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Summit in Australia where I was ready to meet and greet him. Unfortunately he did not come but sent his vice, Guy Scott. We learnt that being a newly-elected President, His Excellency Sata had more pressing issues to attend to back home,” Mutharika told reporters in the Capital City, Lilongwe.
Mutharika could not comment on the deportation of Sata and instead thanked all those that had come to “welcome me and the First Lady”.
President Mutharika said that Malawians are ‘one people’, bemoaning that he has come to learn that some people are not as warm as the country is renowned the world over-‘the Warm Heart of Africa’.
“We’re full of envy; we are jealous with each other. Let’s love one another; let’s be children of one family,” he said, apaprently in reaction to the rumours that made rounds in the country that the President was dead while enjoying his holiday in South-east Asia.
The Head of State accused journalists in the country of concentrating on backbiting and gossiping instead of concentrating on developmental issues.
He called on journalists, particularly the editors to balance ‘gossip with developmental issues’ saying it was unbelievable that people outside the country admire the socio-economic strides Malawi has registered under his leadership when malawian journalists cannot.
Ruling party functionaries booed journalists at the press conference and some intimidated them.