Mixed views on Mutharika feasting with university students

Commentators have expressed mixed reactions towards President Peter Mutharika’s hosting of university students at Sanjika Palace over the weekend where he feasted with them and  splashes out K24 million cash handout.

At least 1200 students enjoyed the windfall and got K20 000 each.

Economist Henry Kachaje said he could not make sense of the “nonsense” of President Mutharika’s gesture.

“ A university professor from the famed Yale University decides to host Malawian university decides to host Malawian university students from various institutions and gets them drunk at the at the State House? Did he check the ages of the students before giving them his cheap beer?

“Most students get selected at ages 15/16 these .There is a high probability half of them were below the age of 18And you still think this is okay?” Kachaje, who is immediate past president of the Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) posted on  Facebook.

But one the students who attended the Sanjika feast and spoke to Nyasa Times said there was nothing long to network with the President.

“Even in United Kingdom the Conservative Future movement of university students gets time to be invited to 10 Downing Street for a meeting with a Prime Minister and have few wines,” he pointed out.

The students endorsed Mutharika as the DPP torchbearer in next year polls.

Chimwemwe Chipungu, the DPP university coordinator said all the money came from the DPP.

“We never used a single penny from the state coffers. All the money came from the party,” said Chipungu.

Chipungu said the president would be meeting the party youth cadets today in Blantyre.

The President’s gesture is  widely seen as an offensive to counter national elections campaign, code-named Youth Decide 2019, following  what former first lady Callista Mutharika said recently that Mutharika, 79, would be too old to carry on as he would be 84 at the time of leaving office in 2024 if re-elected next year.

The former first lady argued that it is normal that thinking capacity levels deteriorate as one gets older, and, therefore, favours Vice President Saulos Chilima, 45, to represent DPP in 2019.

But Finance and Economic Planning Minister Goodall Gondwe said running the President’s office and government affairs is serious business that requires the old who have experience and not “babies” who are novices on State matters.

Mustaffa Hussein, a political scientist from Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, said Mutharika is trying to win sympathy from the youth while George Phiri, a political scientist from the University of Livingstonia (Unilia),  said the youth as they are just being used by politicians.

He said he expected the college students to appreciate the process of endorsing a party presidential candidate.

A newspaper editorial said DPP tug-of-war on who to lead the party in the 2019 Tripartite Elections can only be fairly sorted out by free and fair elections at a democratically arranged convention.

Mutharika has personally declared that he will seek a second and final mandatory term next year, saying he is not going to lead DPP in the elections, the party will be heading to opposition.

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11 July 20 killings
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Yuniveste inali kale Inu. Unima yake yiti? Ana a quota system amenewo.

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Family and Corrupt Party

These are quota system products. Let them thank their master. There are many deserving children who were left due to quota system and failure to pay school fees and if they can vote for current govt then kupwambwana.
Based on 2014 election results. Chanco,mzuni and luanar voted MCP. This won’t change much as those who went to drink at Sanjika were but few as compared to those left behind.

Napoleone
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Henry Kachanje, which side of Malawi do you live. Do you go around and interact with the lower class as you seem to be of higher class. Serious ? students start drinking from primary schools. Some of you keeping beer in your houses and they drink when you are not around. The same youngster are smokers, is it the president who taught them to smoke,? Some are in substance abuse. And you can tell the rise of drugs in our street and the customers are the youth, check your own , one day you will be surprised. The fact that… Read more »
LEGO
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So you mean its a good idea to drink beer while young?By drinking beer with a President what have they achieved apart from telling the nation that they are supporting Mutharika.Frackly speaking,these students did note ask the President to feast with them but the DPP and its President ask the students by buying them.Unfortunately and sadly,these students have forgotten their former student ROBERT CHASOWA get killed with this DPP.

Munthalika
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When I was a university student at Chanco I used to think the world revolved around us. How naive! These university students are a non entity. Most of them haven’t even been outside Malawi so they know little about the world apart from theories they read in old books at UNIMA. Unfortunately, they’re the future of our country and they’re being taught primitive politics from a tender age. Shame!

URIM AND THUMIM
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SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF VIPERS –UNIVERSITY STUDENTS -TEACHER’S -INTELLECTUALS –ARE THE ONES WHO SOLD/ WILL SELL THIS COUNTRY TO WOLVES — WHY ?? THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE (ALIBE POLOBOLEMU ) MALAWIANS NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN STAND FOR THE POOR IN VILLAGES –BUSHIRI AND CHAKWERA ARE OUR MEN !!
#DzukaniAmalawi
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I have always argued that the biggest risk in Malawi’s politics is the state of our youth. In pre and post independence, the colonialists, missionaries and political have designed a deliberate social system to produce the most useless, unintelligent, unemployable and delinquent youths who are ripe for political manipulation. The youthful population (made of 65% of the population) should have been its biggest asset but now it is its biggest liability and a risk to democracy. One just need to buy them with a bottle or two of beer or airtime and thats it. Politicians have killed a whole generation… Read more »
Spinoza
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These are hard times to every politician. Political leaders will do anything to apease the masses. Anyway peter & his party chose how to play there game. Let’s hope they will sacced with that

kakokwe
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There is no sense for the president to use youth in political issues. This is like giving them the way to hello. Mtharika i ndeed is tired with politics is time for us to remove him with free and fare election coming ahead 2019. I can see youth are very happy with un employment gate, cashgate, momera university in mzimba gate, build houses for soldiers gate, njakwa livingstonia to chitimba road gate, misuku road it was promised to be tarmaked gate, killing innocent suppotres of mcp gate, releasing chaponda who still our money gate. so you young people do you… Read more »
Mpunga
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it Grandpa hosting the innocent kids in town. That’s all what APM could do with his precious time. But I know very well these WhatsApp kids will vote wisely knowing that Magogo usually say what don’t mean. When they say vote for me they mean please I need a rest! Hahahaha!

Kasumbadedza
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This is Kasumbadedza,guyz it won’t work,or atapatsa aliyense M’Malawi muno ndalama wapatsa ana aschoolzo sadzawina uyuuuuuuu!his performance is below average.mudyereni osankanira ndizanu zomwe zimenezo. Kubota musadzamuvotere.

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