Malawi’s former ambassador to Japan, Dr John Chikago has warned President Peter Mutharika against trusting intelligence reports from National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) as gospel truth.
He said the bureau is compromised because it has a politician, Nicholas Dausi as its head.
Chikago said this in an interview aired on MIJ on Monday when he was asked to comment on reports that the US government was supporting Malawi Congress Party (MCP) topple the democratically elected government.
“The problem is that the NIB head is a politician, that is why he is cooking up such lies…they just want to shift people’s attention from the real economic problems the country is facing,” said Chikago.
He asked the President to disregard the intelligence reports, saying they have potential to just confuse the Head of State.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP already stated the allegations that its leader plans to overthrow Mutharika’s government is “fiction.”
The state intelligence notes “uncovering coup” also implicate international community including United States diplomat Virginia Palmer as aiding the plot for hosting meetings at her official residence.
US officials dismissed the claims and accusations as “ludicrous”.
And in his interview, Chikago said every year, the US invites people of different classes for a thanks giving ceremony which runs from February 1 to 4.
“I attended such an event in 2005. People come from all over the world. You don’t discuss politics but just praise Jesus Chrust and God,” said Chikago who had a tour of diplomatic duty in Japan.
He said even if the US wanted regime change in Malawi, it would not use the US ambassador to Malawi. The US usually uses CIA operatives for such political exercises.
“The government must be careful, this has potential to damage the relationship between Malawi and America. Ambassador Palmer cannot do that,” he said.
Chikago doubted if anyone can be interested to take over the government whose economy, he said is in tatters and beset by numerous problems in all fronts.
“The President should be at peace. He has state security and everything,” said free-talking Chikago.
However, Chikago fell short of calling on President Mutharika to fire Dausi.
Dausi was an intelligence officer in the defunct Malawi Young Pioneers and was later attached to former head of state Kamuzu Banda during one party dictatorship before taking up politics as a career. He is a former top member of MCP.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :