Malawi minister says Mutharika aware of coup plot

Malawi’s Minister of Energy, Goodall Gondwe, has said President Bingu wa Mutharika has prior knowledge of the plot to overthrow his governmnet on the 14th of March.

Commentators have however described Gondwe’s statement as “ totally groundless” allegation meant to sew panick in the civil society, opposition and the growing band of critics ahead of  stakeholders meeting on the country’s political and economic crisis.

The meeting – organised by faith based Public Affairs Committee (PAC) – ironically begins on March 14 in the commercial city of Blantyre.

Goodall: People want to overthrow the dictator

But speaking on Saturday during the 53rd anniversary of martyrdom commemoration in Nkhatabay, Minister Gondwe said President Bingu wa Mutharika could not avail himself at the function as guest of honour  because as he is “scared” of the plot.

He however said the President is strategising how to quell off the coup.

Mutharika was also no show at installation of Chief Mwase of Kasungu, Japhet Chozale,  at Linga, the headquarters of the Mwase Chieftaincy. The  President cherishes such occasions.

An observer said Mutharika wants to use coup claims to clampdown on ctitics and maintain a defacto state of emergemcy as a “survival tool”.

Mutharika’s regime appears to have hit the panic button in fear of impending  people driven revolution.

Malawi continues to sink into a state of anarchy where the rule of law is being compromised and where governance is completely undemocratic.

Commentators say Mutharika has “failed his people” and that he has no legacy, as his time is rapidly running out.

Mutharika denies any accusations of authoritarianism.

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