Mutharika threatens ‘war’on Malawians

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika says the country is ready to go to war should civil society organisations continue to reject his Presidential Contact and Dialogue Committee.

Irate Mutharika said he is tired of the demands by the civil society organisations to continue rejecting the composition of the committee and plan for another round of protests on September 21.

“I have established the Presidential Contact Group on Dialogue. Some people are saying ‘no we don’t want this group.’ Tell me: what the hell do you want?

“The Group is headed by no less a personage than the late . . . errr, retired Archbishop Dr Bernard Malango. He is a real doctorate holder by the way, not an ordinary person. Yet these people maintain that they don’t want. So what do you want?

“Now, therefore, if you don’t want dialogue, tell me any day we can go to war, if that’s what you want ?”

Mutharika: Ready to go to war

He was speaking when opening an Agricultural Trade Fair in Blantyre on Thursday.

Mutharika threatened to deal with his critics, saying patience was now running out.

Civil society organisations who have planned mass protests in September have described the President’s committee as lacking technocrats.

The committee for the CSOs and the president’s were formed to provide solutions to the 20-petition letter by the CSOs. They are pressuring Mutharika to change his autocratic system of governing the country which has resulted in many national problems.

Civil society groups have threatened more protests if President Mutharika does not declare his wealth, solve dollar and fuel shortages that have hit the economy and restore diplomatic relations with former colonial ruler and major aid donor Britain.

They also want to stop the First Lady’s salary for charity work.

But Mutharika warned: ” If you continue speaking nonsense aimed at disturbing the peace and disrupting the progress we have made, you will face the music. Oh yes! I’ll deal with you.”

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