Details of Mutharika, Muluzi meeting remain scanty: Some protestors target Malawi ex-leader personally, ‘pay back K1.7 bn’

State House has confirmed former president Bakili Muluzi on Thursday met President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace but could not divulge details of the discussions which centred on ending further election-related clashes two days after Muluzi’s mediation effort with Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leadership.

President Peter Mutharika had private discussion with former president Bakili Muluzi

Presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani said President Mutharika and Muluzi, who was Malawi’s president from 1994 to 2004,  met for about two hours.

Kalilani described the meeting of the two leaders as “private discussions.”

He said: “It was just the two of them. No one else was present.”

According to Kalilani, the two leaders also met three weeks ago at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

The meeting came against the backdrop of Muluzi urging protesters calling for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah  to resign over alleged fraud since President Mutharika’s May re-election to halt months of demonstrations so he could mediate with government authorities over the contested presidential election.

He invited the HRDC leadership to his private retirement home in Blantyre to discuss the issue.

But HRDC maintained their call for twice-a-week street action to force Ansah, a judge at the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, to resign as MEC chair.

The protesters accuse Ansah of fraud in declaring Mutharika the winner of the May election with 38 percent of the vote.

During the Thursday fresh round of demonstrations, some protestors appeared to target Muluzi personally as they hosted placards demanding to pay back the K1.7 billion – the money the State accuse him of diverting into personal bank account  during his term of office – but he denies any wrong doing as money was given to his name by donors of  the party he led UDF for campaign of his successor late Bingu wa Mutharika.

One of the anti-Muluzi banners read: “Bakili Muluzi utibwenzere K1.7 billion yathu. Usakhale ngati wanzeru lero! [ Pay back K1.7 billion. Don’t pose the wiser today].”

Placard targetting at Muluzi personally

But Muluzi said he fears the violence during the protests is moving the country in a dangerous direction.

“We must also accept that these demonstrations have caused a lot of economic hardships, you know that,” he said. “The shops get closed, the bank’s not open, there are so many things.”

More public and private buildings and property were  destroyed in  cities of Mzuzu and Lilongwe following the frwsh  protests that continued Thursday in the country’s four cities and other parts.

In Lilongwe, the protesters broke and torched part of government office complex for the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology and they also stoned and broke the offices of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) head office.

The protesters, who were determined to present their petition to President Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace, 800m away from the main entrance to Kamuzu Palace where Mutharika’s adviser on NGOs, Mavuto Bamusi, received the protesters’ petition on behalf of Mutharika.

Bamusi assured the protesters that Mutharika would respond to the petition “soon.”

Political analyst Vincent Kondowe says with continued protests and no dialogue, Malawi will head toward anarchy. He said President Mutharika,  runners-up Lazarus Chakwera, and Saylos Chilima need to reach a compromise.

Chakwera and Saulos Chilima are challenging the election results in court, alleging ballot-stuffing and the use of Tipp-Ex correction fluid to change votes.

The MEC maintains the election was free and fair.

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Ndendeuli
Ndendeuli
1 year ago

Muluzi mchawa wa pioneer wachabechabe ngati uyu angatiuze chani!

Nzika
Nzika
1 year ago

Muluzi asaname kuti wangoganiza zolowelerapo apa coz we all know that he has been sent by Mutharika as he himself, is afraid he cannot quench the fire. That is why he is always hiding at Chikoko Bay & Sanjika.

Shitwena
Shitwena
1 year ago

DZIKO LA MALAWI NDILOPANGITSA CHISONI KWAMBIRI. KUNGOGWIRANA NDI MBAVA ZOKHA OKHA.
MULUZI MBAVA YENI YENI WA POYONIYA, BINGU MBAVA,JOYCE MBAVA , NANJI PITALA MAYO!
TOO TINY COUNTRY DEPENDING ON DONORS FULL OF THIEVES LEADERSHIP. PLEASE NOTE THAT GOD IS WATCHING NDIPO AMALANGA MUKHAULA NONSE MWATCHULIDWAPA YOU HAVE TO SUFFER TOO,ZIWANTHU ZA KUMMWERA ZOKHA ZOKHA MBAVA.

Monica Liar
Monica Liar
1 year ago

Mr Muluzi should not deceive Malawians with demonstrations issue.He too has a case to answer at the Court and Malawians know about it and by sidling to Peter is one way to hide his deeds so that Peter should continue shielding him. You see Malawians all what Bakili is doing is just cheating Malawians that he is a mediator and the meeting he invited HRDC was 10000 % in BAD FAITH. Let him pay back K1.7 b plus compound Interest Or your BCA hill house be reposed by Government and turn it into o a lodge. TATOPA NANU INU ANTHU… Read more »

Kapado Chimulirenji
1 year ago

Bola a Dad apa avalako bwino, osati mwakale muja.

amalawi anzanga
amalawi anzanga
1 year ago

“Perception is reality”: there is such strong perception in the country, rightly or wrongly, that Jane Ansah did not preside over credible elections. It boggles the mind that Ansah herself, or the appointing authority think that she can still continue to hold her post as MEC chairperson. Ansah cannot be trusted to even oversee elections of a class monitor!

THE APOSTLE
1 year ago

MULUZI CAN NEVER AND WILL NEVER COME IN THE OPEN CONSIDERING THAT HE HAS A CASE IN COURT WHICH HAS BEEN POLITICALLY STALLED. SO DO NOT EXPECT ANY BAD MOUTHING FROM MULUZI TO DPP. MULUZI IS ONLY SAFEGUARDING HIS INTERESTS HERE. SO ITS A WASTE OF TIME TO TRUST HIM AS AN INITIATOR OF THE SO CALLED DIALOGUE FOR PEACE. MALAWIANS WATCH THE NEWS EVEN IN HONG KONG THEY ARE PROTESTING RIGHT WHAT MATTERS IN OUR CASE IS THAT WE MUST REMOVE INJUSTICE THROUGH OUR OWN SACRIFICES AS IT IS WE CAN NOT TRUST ANY ONE . MALAWI ECONOMY IS… Read more »

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago

Dziko limaonongedwa ndi atsogoleri amene amaba ndalamawa ndiye amalawi nawo ndi nthawi yoti awononge nawonso.Bakili anaba, naye Bingu anaba mwatsoka nkukadyera kuli chete,Joice Banda ndi uja anayaluka nazo uja, Peter mutharika naye ndi uyu akuba komanso kupha anthu achi-alobino koma mwa onsewa palibe amene anamangidwapo konse ndiye sizodabwitsa kuti nawonso amalawi akuononga.TIZINGOONONGA KKKKKKK!!.. TIMALIZE DZIKOLI KENAKO ALIYENSE ADZIWE KOLOWERA TIONE AMENE MUZIMULAMULIRA AGALU INU..

APM akundiyamwa 🍆
APM akundiyamwa 🍆
1 year ago

I think Jane is being forced to stay in that chair. I’m beginning to doubt this is her decision. Galu wamkulu ndi uyu Petulo

Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago

The meeting between Muluzi and HRDC was live on other channels and was on public, every one heard and saw them, why this one if it all stand for the public is called private meeting? Was it for Malawians Mr Muluzi? I think Mr Muluzi haso pocketed money here to let it be as this dude Mutharika want.
This is sad for ex Leader.

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