Who said Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika is a democrat? Certainly, he is not, according to former Speaker of parliament Sam Mpasu.
Speaking on Capital FM Straight Talk interview programme monitored by Nyasa Times through live streaming on Tuesday, Mpasu said by any definition of a democrat, Mutharika is not one.
“He hasn’t shown any credentials of a democrat, unfortunately,” said Mpasu.
Mpasu stressed that Mutharika does not appreciate democracy.
“Is it a democrat who abolishes local government elections, is that a sign of democracy,” he said.
“Is it a democrat who unilaterally dissolves the Election Commission, hobbles it up.”
He added: “Is it a democrat who stands up at a public meeting and says ‘when you throw stones at me I will throw rocks at you; ndikumangani, ndikumangani, does a president arrest a person, isn’t very clear that he is giving police instructions to arrest particular individuals.
“Is it a democrat who actually picks up a fight with university lecturers, closes university college for nine months. Dr (Kamuzu) Banda was a harsh man but never, never closed a university college.”
Mpasu noted that there are “too little good things that President Mutharika has done very well in his tenure.
“There are things he has done well and others disastrously bad,” he said.
Mpasu noted that Mutharika “reaped the benefits” of opposition leader John Tembo suggestion for farm inputs subsidy programme. He said the records were there in parliamentary Hansard that it was Tembo who proposed cheaper fertiliser for farmers.
The former speaker advised President Mutharika to leave a positive legacy when he retires in 2014.
“President Mutharika has disappointed many Malawians,” he said.
Mpasu said Mutharika is immune to advice.
“We can’t have a country where people have to spend nights at filling stations where even the hospitals can’t run on generators because the generators have no fuel and women are dying.
“You can’t have a country where road construction and other constructions have stopped because vehicles have no fuel,” he said.
He also underscored the assertions that Malawi is now a failed state, saying “the country has become at a standstill.”
Mpasu said the turmoil has come about because of Mutharika’s “political arrogance, economic incompetence and diplomatic blunders.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :