Malawians prepared to celebrate dictator’s death

Many Malawians who have been commenting on Nyasa Times, social networking sites, clearly say that they would be prepared to celebrate and even hold street parties if a recent prophesy by Nigerian televangelist TB Joshuacomes to pass in the country.

Many commentators said President Bingu wa Mutharika has brought painful memories, describing the Prophet Joshua’s prophecy that one of Africa’s old presidents would die this year as “welcome”.

In some comments on Nyasa Times, Malawians said they would celebrate the death of the “brutal” dictator.

Relatives of July 20 victims who were killed by security forces said they will be prepared to break with tradition to celebrate the death of a dictator.

Mutharika: Dictator under Malawians fire

“Yes according to our culture we don’t celebrate death. But as for Mutharika, he will have to face his judgment in hell because of what he did to many Malawians,” said the relation of a victim of July 20.

Citizens said the way the country is being run today, a police state, if Prophet Joshua’s prophecy comes to pass, they would have “no option but to welcome” the demise of the dictator.

“Mutharika killed our loved ones, he is torturing many people and he has to meet his victims in the presence of God, sooner than later,” one comment read.

But Mutharika, who is on record accusing Malawians of crying like chickens, has disputed claims that he is a dictator but that he was rather a strict disciplinarian.

Speaking to Britain’s Guardian newspaper last week, Mutharika said:”Sometimes discipline can be mistaken for dictatorship. Many people believe that, without discipline, you really can’t go anywhere. ”

Since Prophet TB Joshua’s prophecy was made known to Malawians, comments have been flowing that indicated that the prophecy might come to pass in the country.

Lands minister Yunus Mussa shocked many last Wednesday when he offered animal sacrifice to gods to spare President Mutharika’s life following TB Joshua’s prophesy.

Mussa, accompanied by reporters from national broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), went to private Mai Aisha Primary School in Lilongwe with three live goats to make the offering.

He told the sources at the school that he was concerned that the prophecy might have referred to the 78-year-old Mutharika and wanted God to spare him.

Malawi has been sliding towards autocracy and lawyer Wapona Kita says:  “Since 2009 we have been going backwards on the rule of law in Malawi with arbitrary arrests and detentions and human rights violations. The president has become more autocratic and thinks he has absolute power.”

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