CEDEP raps Malawi President Mutharika on‘ poor leadership’, attacks on media

Center for Development of Peopleb (CEDEP), a local non-governmental organization which protects and defends human rights has registered its outright disappointment and displeasure with the conduct of the President Peter Mutharika , saying he is exhibiting poor leadership.

Trapence: Hits at Mutharika
Trapence: Hits at Mutharika

In a statement made available to to Nyasa Times, CEDEP said it is very disappointed with the statements made by the President that are tantamount to undemocratic attacks on the media.

Recently, Mutharika told a political rally  that the lcoal media more especially The Daily Times newspaper and Zodiac Broadcasting Corporation reports on very senseless and useless matters.

This is coming against a background that the media more especially the two aforementioned media houses reported to the Malawi nation that the President was ill and was receiving medical treatment soon after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

“CEDEP finds such remarks very regrettable and misplaced in a democratic dispensation where freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones and people have the right to have access to information. During the campaign period, the President promised to protect and respect the media and promote freedom of expression for all. However, what the nation is witnessing now is the complete ant-thesis of what was pledged by the President and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in its manifesto,” reads part of the statement signed by CEDEP Executive Director Gift Trapence.

It adds:”The President needs to be reminded that Malawi is a signatory to different international protocols that protect freedom of the press. It is with such statements from the President that Malawi finds itself on unenviable 66th position on the press freedom index. What is even more disheartening is the fact that the DPP led government has been dilly-dallying and playing games with the Access to Information Bill.”

This, according to the statement, means the government does not want Malawians to have access to information and would do everything possible to hide public information including the sickness of the President.

“When the media does its work correctly of informing Malawians, the President thinks it is stupid. This is very disappointing attack coming from the president who is supposed to defend the very same fundamental ideas of our democracy let alone the constitution.not seen real commitment in the fight against corruption rather we have seen a protective government in perusing cases for those cronies who are close to the ruling government.

“CEDEP would like to see the President to walk the talk in making sure that tax payers money are used to the best interest of Malawians. Hence CEDEP is urging the President the review and reconsider the position of the ACB director so that we have an institution that is not working as a political party but rather an independent body that can be trusted on the basis of its professionalism,” reads the statement.


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winston msowoya
winston msowoya
5 years ago

To say the truth,both Muthalikas were not qualified as leaders,but as crooks and rogues who prey on fools and untutored people.I was with Peter Muthalika in the PAN AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) of Malawi based in exile Dar er salaam,Tanzania led by Masauko Chipembere the most charismatic,fearless,patriotic,brilliant and trustworthy in the history of our freedom struggle against colonialism and imperialism.Indeed,he was no fan of tribalism and regionalism,he was also a gallant PAN-AFRICANIST OF OUR TIME that history will never let him down.Indeed,we have lost a hero we shall never afford to have in many years to come.Astonishingly,Peter Muthalika showed the… Read more »

be humane
be humane
5 years ago

CEDEP, in your good senses you cannot justify silly reporting by those mentioned media on the blackout of information. Media professionalism does not accept lying in the absence of information. They told us that the president is dead. Remind yourself foolish reporting of Zodiak at the airport when the president was arriving commentary as in football about problems they are seeing in Mutharikas health. If you remember very well iwe Mathanyula Trapence, how zodiak reported the death of Bingu, kumati “mmene tikuonera kuno chinachake chachikulu chachitika ndithu” was that wise reporting? Even when they had information that Bingu is dead… Read more »

5 years ago

Mutharika should blame his communication team. They are extremely poor. They were feeding Malawians with lies. The Minister Information was telling Malawians that Mutharika is enjoying robust health and Mgeme Kalirani was saying Mutharika was on duty, meeting people one by one. Yet Mutharika was ill in hospital undergoing an operation.
Mutharika himself shares the blame. He should have told his communications personnel to tell ill, but there was need to worry. Mutharika cannot blame the media or people for speculating his health. That is what happens when you hide information from people. You create room for rumour-mongering and speculation.

5 years ago

The president pisses me off. He does not behave as if he has been in USA for a greater part of his life. That is why I have always questioned his style of leadership. In fact I wonder if he understands anything about leadership. If there is any radio that requires discipline it is the MBC. The master of all lies, one sided reporting and they do not deserve the tax payers money. The president ought to know that we can never kneel for him. May be the DPP hand clappers and bootlickers can. Take criticism positive or leave the… Read more »

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