Kunkuyu says Mutharika comments on ‘Blood Sucking’ saga late but commendable

Former Cabinet Minister Moses Kunkuyu who is leader of political movement Transformation Alliance (TA) has commended President Peter Mutharika for publicly putting his voice on the allegations of blood sucking vampires that has left about six people dead on suspicion of being the blood suckers.

Kunkuyu: I think the President reacted a little bit late

In an email response to Nyasa Times  on his reaction to Mutharika’s comments, Kunkuyu said: “What Mutharika has done is what every loving father would be expected to do when his children are living in

Kunkuyu said despite the fact that Blood Sucking saga has been politicised, what is important is that he has condemned the acts and his voice will go a long way in calming the situation and assuring the
citizens of their safety.

While addressing a political rally in Area 23, Lilongwe on Tuesday, Mutharika said state securiy institutions are still investigating the matter to get to the genesis of it.

The President went further to advise Malawians to avoid taking the law in their hands by among other things killing the suspected blood suckers.

Mutharika told the gathering that he heard of the killings while in the United States of America where he went to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

However, Kunkuyu faulted Mutharika for reacting late on the matter.

“I think the President reacted a little bit late because ordinarily the expectation was that upon arrival from America the president should have addressed this matter immediately since it is causing fear and insecurity among people but this is the Mutharika way of doing things and we are used to it. What is important and worth commending now is that he has said something and he has a plan to visit the highly affected areas. Any presidential visit is a crowd puller in the rulal areas and this can provide a very good platform to Civic Educate the masses on the impacts of the blood sucking issue to the affected communities and to the nation,” he said.

“I hope and pray that he does not turn the gatherings into a platform to blame and castigate others the way some of his Cabinet Ministers did in Lilongwe last week” added the TA Leader.

He therefore called upon leaders of various political parties in the country to come together and condemn these acts without blaming each other.

“In that way, the message would carry weight and the situation would calm faster” he said.

People in Southern Region Districts of the Lomwe belt particularly Mulanje and Phalombe where the blood sucking saga started have for the past weeks been living in fear but Malawi Police Services (MPS) maintains the blood sucker issue is a hoax.

The blood sucking allegations have negatively affected several development works in the affected areas.

This has prompted even the United Nations to move out its staff.

However, few days ago, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Malawi Florence Rolle told UK’s Guardian Newspaper that the United Nations Department on Safety and Security (UNDSS) is still monitoring the situation closely in all the affected areas and will ensure that all the affected UN staff return as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, President Mutharika is expected to tour the affected areas in due course.


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4 years ago

That’s the way to go ….very mature politics

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