DC interdicts civil servant after ‘insulting’ Malawi president  on social media

Mulanje district commissioner (DC)  Micheal Chimbalanga  has  suspended  Assistant Trade Officer (ATO) for the district  Macdonald Njoka Phiri  over comments he made on social media   allegedly insulting President Peter Mutharika.

The comment that has earned Njoka Phiri suspension
The suspension letter

According to a suspension letter which Nyasa Times has a copy,  the suspension is with immediate effect pending investigations.

DC Chimbalanga informs Njoka Phiri in the letter dated April 7 2020 that the suspension follows his misconduct of posting messages on the social media  “in which you were insulting the State President of the Republic of Malawi.”

He has advised Njoka that following the suspension, he is requested to wind up his duties, handover his office to the DC and leave Mulanje district immediately  “so that you pave way for further investigations.”

Chimbalanga informed Njoka that his return for duties to Mulanje District Council shall depend on the outcome of the investigations.

Njoka Phiri is reported to have posted a comment on an MBC news update  which appeared on Facebook about President Mutharika confirming three coronavirus deaths.

He wrote: “Ndizomwe Pumbwa amafuna”.

It has not been independently verified if the Facebook account ATO MJ  belongs to Njoka Phiri.

There are many fake accounts of  bearing names of real people on Facebook such that of Minister of Disaster Everton Chimulirenji, former vice president Cassim Chilumpha  and Khumbo Kachali which have previously been disowned.

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Bamusi
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Kodi pumbwa ndi president Peter Muntharika? Watiuza Ndi DC wathu waku Mulanje uyu.

Ndandala
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Ndandala

The DC and his cronies will cough a lot on this cae. The DC and whoever instructed him to do that should have consulted Kaphale before effecting this foolish decision.

Cheyo muysta
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Cheyo muysta

To some people when they curse someone they feel that they’ve contributed to society. I hope the implication of pumbwa is not varied.

Mbwiyeche
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Mbwiyeche

Social media guys. People they use different names. Example here on nyasa times you will find out that there is APM here so dont fire him. By the way who is pumbwa pumbwa is pumbwa itself. Now u telling us that pumbwa is pita mntharika indeed his a pumbwa opanda Mano mkamwa

Lester
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Lester

Can’t you see that it is a work whatsapp group

President Chisokonezo
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President Chisokonezo

Iyeyu wakamba za pumbwa sadatchule za president simple.

Pumbwa
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Pumbwa

Kodi a pumbwa tilipo ambiri. Ine ndimayesa pumbwa ndine ndekha

Joni
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Joni

DC wabetsa makobiditum apa ndithu, kenaka nkudzamuuzanso munthu kuti atuluke mu Mulanje mmmmmmmm kanalipo kale kena kake ndithu!!!

Chilungamo Nchabwino
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Chilungamo Nchabwino

Mr M. Njoka-Phiri you are going to be a very rich man. Bid your time and sue for as many zeros as you can. Anthuwa akuti anakhala ku America koma freedom of speech sakuyimvetsabe.

Yesaya kaguta M7
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Yesaya kaguta M7

When one gets suspended, the hardest thing is to explain to his family the reason for the suspension. Its not easy to explain. And if he is wise he will be cautious next time. Some people learn after burning their fingers

SavimbiSankara
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SavimbiSankara

Oppression happens when the masses accept the taking away of their civil liberties ngati nkhosa.
Secondly, no oppressor/dictator can implement his awful ideas without the civil service falling in alignment. Do not be used as an instrument of torture…

Backbencher
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Backbencher

You must understand freedom of speech does not extend to castigate others.

You can say whatever you want, but if you can others not with stand in the head of state then surely thus an offence

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