Bingu ‘stoned’ in Mzuzu

By Chandiwira Mlafwu, Nyasa Times

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika was on Wednesday embarrassed by a group of children at Mzuzu stadium where he was holding a beer party for street vendors, who hurled stones.

According an eye witness, Vitumbiko Luhanga, a throng of children stormed the Marquee tent which was inside Mzuzu Stadium where the Presidential Function was taking palace as he feted vendors with beer.

Police had to use tear gas to disperse the angry bunch of irate kids who were not happy that the president was giving only beer to the vendors and not them.

“It was so nasty, a bunch of kids descended into the stadium straight onto the Marquee tent where president Mutharika was hosting about 1,900 vendors. Police had to step in immediately to quell off the volatile situation,” said Luhanga.

MutharikaL Hosted beer party for vendors

He said one kid was heard shouting: “Go to hell dictator!” while throwing stones.

Luhanga said he does not see the logic and sense in organizing a beer party for the vendors when many Malawians can hardly afford a meal.

“If the president wanted to do something for the people, why not go to Mzuzu central hospital or St John of God hospitals and cheer the sick instead of giving beer to vendors. I don’t think that is a proper thing to do for a head of state,” said Luhanga.

At the beer party, Mutharika who himself is associated with the love of alcoholic drink labelled opposition leaders in the city, Harry Mkandawire and Yelemiyah Chihana as criminals accusing them to be the architects of the July 20 mass demonstrations in the city which saw trigger-happy Malawi police officers shot to death nine people and injuring hundreds more.

Outside the stadium some vendors set the place on fire after they were denied entry. Police chased them but they went on to set another fire at another place.

Government spokesman Symon Vuwa Kaunda said the opposition wanted to cause chaos but that their “disruptive schemes” will be defeated.

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