The UK based Malawi Diaspora Forum has called on Bingu wa Mutharika to gracefully resign as President of Malawi within 91 days after the July 20 mass demonstrations or face force removal.
Meeting in the City of Manchester, Diasporans said yesterday that they “note with harrow the appalling difficulties” of people of Malawi all due to directly deteriorating socio-political and economic situation in Malawi which Mutharika seem to arrogantly aggravate by each passing day. They also announced that they stand in solidarity with those to take part in protects against what they called “Mutharika`s failed regime.”
The Forum which had earlier lobbied the British government at its inception a month ago to impose targeted sanctions on individuals and suspension of direct aid to the Malawi government welcomed the news that the British have harmonised their plea.
Speaking at the meeting, one of the coordinators Thom Chiumia said, “ that Mutharika must now go is no longer a dismissible opposition slogan but a strategic necessity to save the country from regressing, hence the need for regime change. Enough is enough, we have had enough – no fuel, no forex, tribalism, academic freedom, human rights violations and manipulation of our constitution, all are hallmarks of a failed state. I’m ready to go to Malawi and sacrifice my life for change.”
Decrying the death of democracy and economic woes in Malawi political activist Edgar Chibaka said the MDF will not tire but play a pivotal role until Mutharika goes.
“Regaining our hard fought democracy and reunifying Malawians is a top priority and we are advocating regime change. When Malawians successful remove Mutharika, able and dynamic persons would form a provisional government of national unity.
“ His continued stay in office is becoming an excessive burden to the welfare of the state and fatal danger to the public interest of Malawians at home and in Diaspora that each day that goes by him in office leaves the nation’s survival at great risk.”
Another political activist , a campaigner of federal government in Malawi, Chiza Mkandawire said teething hurdles that currently face Malawi due to politics of patronage will go on to hurt future generations and its appropriate to stop the rot now – urging Mutharika to resign.
“Mutharika has publicly demonstrated leadership incapacity by acknowledging that Malawians have lost faith in him. If a leader becomes suspicious of his own people that confirms he is not fit to lead and must resign within 91 days after the July 20 protests.
“ We voted him into power to govern prudently, now he makes a mockery of our democracy by violating the very constitution he pledged to safeguard and arrogantly demands a fee for rights.”
Another coordinator at the meeting, Peter Makossah questioned Mutharika’ foresight and leadership qualities in the handling of the expulsion of British diplomat, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet.
“If a better developed country like Zimbabwe clings to American and British envoys despite well documented irreconcilable disagreements one wonders where Mutharika plucks the courage to dismiss the Queen’ envoy. Will Britain lose sleep. No. But its poor Malawians who will feel the pinch. Its time for Malawi to do away with intolerant leadership sooner than later.”
Meanwhile the MDF which is now officially recognised by the British government has announced that it will meet the British Prime Minister David Cameroon at the Number 10 Downing Street on July 26. (Reporting by Loti Banda, Nyasa Times.)Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :