Mixed views on Mutharika’s World Peace Prize

Some sectionof Malawians are describing as bogus, useless and irrelevant a world peace award an India-based youth organization is to give to President Peter Mutharika.

President Mutharika has exercised restraint against the errant opposition leaders and their supporters

Presidential press secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said on Tuesday evening that Mutharika has accepted to receive the award the International Youth Committee will give to the Malawi leader.

“According to the IYC, the prize is awarded periodically to individuals of high caliber who have contributed to world peace by preventing country, regional conflict or world war through peaceful settlement of political, diplomatic and economic disputes,” says Kalilani.

Kalilani says Mutharika has been recognized and nominated due to his exemplary leadership, inn promoting peace and inter-religious understanding in the world.

But writer and political, economic and social commentator Onjezani Kenani, writing on his Facebook wall, has said the award, described as prestigious, is bogus.

Mervin Banda, also  on his social media post, described as ill-timed and irrelevant the giving of the award to the President taking into account that the country is going through serious political impasse.

Since President Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the May 21 tripartite elections, the opposition, particularly the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the UTM Party, have been up in arms. They are disputing the election, claiming it was rigged; they have even gone to the courts to seek redress and are asking the courts to nullify the results.

Some commentators argue that President Mutharika has demonstrated that he is a peace advocate when opposition members  been behaving like wild dogs and have taken the law into their own hands, staging some rampage demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction with the elections.

They have looted other people’s shops and damaged property worth hundreds of millions of Kwacha belonging to government and innocent individuals.

The MCP supporters even took to the headquarters of government in Malawi – the Capital Hill – apparently to chase and flush out all civil servants who were reporting for work so that they must not ‘work for Peter Mutharika’s government.’

Mutharika government has remained admirably cool, calm and collective under the circumstances. Examples abound of how the same context of politics played out within the SADC region in not so distant past. The late Morgan Tsvangirai was constantly in and out of the hospital for his so many countless battles with Zimbabwean Police under Robert Mugabe.

Tsvangirai can easily go down in history as perhaps the most beaten opposition leader in this part of Africa in a country that calls itself a democracy.

His successor, Nelson Chamisa has also not been spared the vent of government even under a different President. Just after the elections last year, Chamisa was furiously clobbered by security forces when he tried to take a flight at Harare International Airport for a trip outside the country.

In Zambia opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema (HH)can also go down in history as one of the most arrested individuals in the country’s history for showing signs of insubordination and for instigating lawlessness against an elected government. At one point  HH was clobbered by security forces for not giving way to a presidential convoy to pass, apparently because he did not recognize the President of that country as an elected individual.

In Malawi, however, the government of President Mutharika has remained calm under the circumstances, despite the blatant provocation and lawlessness that is being displayed by opposition leaders and their supporters.

Mutharika is expected to get the award in December.

But the  IYC peace prize is however not the prestigious  Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the person who had done most for “fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

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Mike Bamusi
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Mike Bamusi

Pathakopanu

Mana
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Mana

Malawi is a peaceful and Mutharika is the most calm president we have ever had. He deserves the prize.

Mike Bamusi
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Mike Bamusi

There is a difference between being calm and silly.he is just a danderhead an encouth.

THE BEAST FROM THE EAST
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THE BEAST FROM THE EAST

I’M not racialist but those amwene they scratch my ass many times

mpilu
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mpilu

kunyengetera cipukwani ca gandi. omwe saziwa history yake azisekelela koma dzanaconi muone titacite. that idiot crook ay india embassy is piloting this. why just phwii no word said ir just enjoying the curry as he said he likes indian [email protected]@
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Justice Anastasia
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Justice Anastasia

Merely international decorators on their rightful job of face uplift munthalika .There is nothing like that when duly elected. These come when you doubt yourself how you have been elected. Polishing to look better but I doubt think so if anything can change in Malawi..These known companies doing that and are busy to polish Munthalika.

nompumelelo khuzwayo
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pali mmwenye pali chinyengo basi nothing sensible

Kennedy
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Kennedy

I think its stupid enough for peter and his fellow crooks to think people are not aware of their evil. Crook indians are behind the this illigal award. Kareem and ather corrupt indians sat down and plan the whole thing to reward peter for helping them steal our tax payers money. The day is coming you will test your own cooking.

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

Awarding mbuzi iyi for what ? Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

Zanu zimenezo, palibe munthu anapita ku India kukapanga campaign for the Prize anthu aona okha, mmene mukupangira zopusa zanuzi kumalawi kuno akanakhala kamuzu kapena Bingu atakukwapulani kalekale. Nsanje inachuluka kumalawi, ndi anthu ophunzira omwe nsanje thooo

Justice Anastasia
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Justice Anastasia

Malawians up to now you do not know that when people in Government have dented their reputation there are companies out there who are paid for the purpose of face uplift ,This way Peter and his Government have paid a lot of monies.Remember during Joice Banda when her name was dented with cashgate. She was on top of the world she was busy doing the same .Getting different shields around the world 🌶Waber

susususus
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susususus

This is a joke right?

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