Malawi President tell donors ‘go to hell’, issue war threats

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika was at it again on Sunday with his temperate behaviour when he made a fiery speech in which he told off the donor community, threatening “war” against activists.

The President again called on  his DPP youth cadets to “discipline” his opponents when they protest against his government.

Speaking when he opened a road in his home district of Thyolo, in remarks aired on state broadcaster MBC,  President Mutharika said he has learnt that some donors are funding people driven revolution to unseat him from power.

Mutharika: Yes I am making a threat

Similar remarks were also raised by senior cabinet minister Goodall Gondwe in Nkhatabay on Saturday.

But President Mutharika claimed  he know the donors who are bankrolling the July 20 –ilke nationwide anti-government deminstrattions.

He  urged  members of his ruling  DPP to thwart those demonstrations or vigils in any manner they know even if it means ‘civil war’.

President Mutharika pointed out that  he was making an official threat.

He also lashed out at the country’s corporating partners, mostly from the Western world.

“If donors say this is not democracy to hell with you…yes, I’m using that word: tell them to go to hell,” said visibly angry and sounding paranoid President Mutharika.

He also said the donors were free to withdraw from Malawi is they are not happy with dictatorship.

“If any donor wants to withdraw from this country let them withdraw, let me repeat if any donor wants to abdicate from this country let them pack and go,” said the 79-year-old Mutharika.

The President maintained tha he can’t devalue the kwacha , Malawi currency,  “just to please the Washington
consensus” – the International Monetray Fund.

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

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

Dr Diana Cammack a research associate at the Overseas Development Institute feels the next two years for Malawi  are “likely to be marked by worsening poverty, more rights abuses, widening corruption and more violence.”

She said Malawi risks becoming a ‘fragile state.’

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