Fear has gripped opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over the issue of the K61 billion wealth said to have been accumulated by the country’s former President Bingu wa Mutharika, saying the party has been tipped its president Peter Mutharika, brother to the former president has been tipped he will be arrested.
According to a statement by DPP issued by its spokesman Nicholous Dausi, made available to Nyasa Times early Thursday, the former ruling party claimed it has “uncovered a plot by the ruling People’s Party to scheme the arrest of its President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Saturday 29th June immediately Parliament rises sine die.”
Reads the statement: “Our sources within the government machinery have confided to us that Professor Peter Mutharika will be arrested in connection with the alleged 61 billion Kwacha Bingu estates valuations as an accomplice using the money laundering Law.”
The DPP described the development as political opponents crackdown, saying it is “political witch hunt aimed at targeting individuals deemed political mountains to government.”
The DPP statement said: “ We are surprised and failing to connect Peter Mutharika to the alleged bank accounts especially when one thinks how it is impossible to penetrate personal bank accounts as every account is confidential to its holder.”
DPP said ruling PP has a score to settle with Peter Mutharika, saying industrial strikes and when Inkosi Bvumbwe went into hiding for fear of regime thugs have also been blamed on the party’s president.
The statement also said when journalists pleaded with President Joyce Banda to sign the Table Mountain declaration, Peter Mutharika was accused of sponsored them.
“We therefore wish to inform all Malawians of goodwill that no matter how strong the storm may be. No matter how thick forests have been planted, the DPP President remains focused and is tirelessly working to eradicate peoples suffering next year,” Dausi said in the statement.
“We are surprised considering how quick the Peoples Party followers have connected Professors Peter Mutharika’s political life to Late Bingu’s alleged Bank accounts.”
Downplaying the arrests, DPP said: “When Kamuzu Banda was arrested by the colonial masters, did this have an impact on his relations’ political career? We have active Chihanas in politics today though late Chakufwa Chihana was arrested by the MCP regime. When Dr Bakili Muluzi was arrested for alleged corruption, did this taint the political career of his son Atupele? Certainly not!”
DPP said considering “how quick the conclusions have been made” on Bingu’s wealth allegations, the party is smelling a rat that “there are some under currents desperately chasing their own shadows.”
“The DPP is aware that teams have been sent to London and Washington to investigate on Peter’s alleged dual citizenship but they have yielded nothing. Therefore we are convinced that the forthcoming planned arrest of Professor Mutharika is a desperate attempt by government to silence our leader who is now a household name and very popular across the country as he is the only alternative in next year’s Presidential race,” said the party.
DPP said it advises President Joyce Banda “to abandon handcuff politics” and instead direct her strength towards uplifting peoples standards.
“Malawians need food on their table. They need security and development too.”
The DPP therefore appealed to their followers not to be scared.
“The night might be long but joy comes in the morning,” it said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :