President Peter Mutharika should step down over lapse of security and the poor economic status of the country, a business tycoon and People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) president Mark Katsonga- Phiri has said.
Katsonga said the only honourable course of action Mutharika should do is to abdicate from his office and salvage some integrity so that capable people can step in to transform the country.
He accused the 76-year-old President Mutharika who has been in office for a year of failing to bring the much-needed economic transformation to the country.
“Let’s forget whatever government is doing in trying to attract investors because insecurity is so high. I would not myself go into a country to be killed. So, I consider the lapse in security a very big drawback in whatever government is doing to attract investors,” Katsonga said as quoted by Daily Times on Thursday.
“The economy is bad, security is bad and that puts us in a very awkward position. The only way Malawi can move out of this situation is to put a new government in place; these guys have failed,” he added.
He said Malawi will only progress if Mutharika is out of power.
“Malawians should get a new government in place, that’s my advice. Otherwise, you will be wasting time with this government because they failed before and they are also failing now,” he said.
Katsonga said for the past 10 years, DPP failed the country during the 8-years leadership of late Bingu wa Mutharika and one-year of Professor Peter Mutharika.
DPP has since trashed Katsonga’s call for President to resign.
“In Malawi, we have the Constitution which clearly stipulates under what circumstances an elected leader can resign. There is no provision where the whole ruling party would resign in as far as the Constitution is concerned,” said DPP Publicity Secretary, Francis Kasaila, as quoted in Daily Times.
“So, if Mr Katsonga would like to get into government, our advice is to ask him to wait for 2019 and let Malawians vote him because you don’t get into government through the backdoor. You have to wait,” Kasaila said.
Kasaila said calling for government’s resignation is”a total waste of time.”