President Peter Mutharika has asked the international community to ignore or shut their “unsuspecting” ears to a politician who is globe trotting, telling lies that Malawi ihas become a dangerous place for opponents of government.
Without naming the politician, Mutharika said on Wednesday in the Malawi capital, Lilongwe, it is unfortunate that some political leaders and critics find comfort in using lies as a tool for achieving political progress.
Departing from his prepared speech during the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, Mutharika flatly rejected the said “lies”, saying no one in Malawi will be persecuted by reason of opposing his administration.
“I have to take advantage of this event to disclose that I have been receiving a lot of letters from the international community trying to confirm what they have been told by a Malawi politician that Malawi is a dangerous place because my administration is persecuting political opponents. This politician is a shameless liar and I urge the international community to ignore these lies,” said Mutharika.
He lamented why some Malawians find satisfaction in destroying the reputation of their country by inventing and churning out stories that are without base.
“My administration has not persecuted any political opponent, and I can assure everyone here or in the international community that as long as I am president nobody, including my critics, will go to jail on political grounds,” assured Mutharika to resounding ululations from his audience that included diplomats and representatives of international organisations.
He added that he would be the last to victimize other people as a result of politics, having, himself, been exiled for 40 years as a consequence of political witch-hunt.
Many of those who listened to Mutharika thought he was referring to former President Joyce Banda who has refused to accept the olive branch that the Malawi leader offered to her during his inauguration.
Banda left Malawi in mid-September and, according to reports, she has been moving from one country to another addressing unending international meetings. And often she is seen in pictures posted on social media posing with foreign diginitaries.
Banda’s Media Liaison Officer, Tusekele Mwanyongo said the former President was still attending to various international engagements, including some related to the Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) Africa Initiative.
“The former President is still on her philanthropy tour of duty. As you may be aware, apart from Malawi, her foundation has now extended its wings to other countries in Africa, including Kenya, South Africa,Uganda, DRC, Gabon, Liberia, Ghana, Egypt and Mauritania.
“JBFI Africa Initiative will focus on five priority areas—Wealth creation; Education for a girl child; Maternal Health and HIV/Aids; Leadership; and Rights—in these countries. She is preoccupied with ensuring that JBFI Africa Initiative achieves its intended objectives,” Mwanyongo told Nyasa Times in an email response to a questionnaire.
He indicated that the former President would be returning to Malawi “soon” but could not disclose the arrival date.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :