Kapito tells Bingu ‘your are surrounded by cheerleaders’

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) outspoken chairperson,  John Kapito, says he openely told President Bingu wa Mutharika that he has surrounded himself with “cheerleaders” who are destroying him.

Kapito said he had met the President and was blunt to him that  the cheerleaders are distancing the Malawi leader from his own people. He said Mutharika is now living “in utopia”.

“The executive arm of government is full of cheer leaders,” he said, adding that the cheerleaders  keep dancing and giving vocal support even when the team is 0-5.

Blunt: MHRC boss Kapito

He said most of the cheerleaders are “looking for [economic] survival.”

“A good doctor should be able to tell you that this disease is terminal. I told the president that he is surrounded by liars,” Kapito said on Capital FM’s Straight Talk programme monitored by Nyasa Times on Tuesday evening.

“I don’t mince words, I told [the President] that people are giving him false information, misleading,” he said.

The rights campaigner  claimed the presidential aides – the likes of Hetherwick Ntaba – are “benefiting from the mess” of Mutharika’s  administration.

“These are people that are telling stories that are not building him, that are destroying him,” said Kapito who did not name the cheerleaders but said they are a legion.

The Straight Talk programme anchored by Brian Banda,  recently put the  radio station in trouble with Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) over remarks  made by Lifred Nawena,  MP for Thyolo Thava.

He made similar statements that Mutharika has surrounded himself with ministers who are just “hand-clappers” and not free to criticise the president.

Nawena said he wouldn’t want to be a minister, likening being a minister to slavery because ministers are told what to do by President Mutharika whom he identified by his real birth name –Ryson Webster Thom.

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