Mutharika arrives, dodges K145m questions: Malawi President says Comesa summit a success

President Peter Mutharika on Thursday arrived from the high-level Comesa summit but private media journalists were not allowed to ask questions  as they were geared to grill him on what civil society organisations (CSOs) are demanding that  Mutharika, his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Pioneer Investments (PI) Limited should refund to government money they allegedly fraudulently acquired from the Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations deal.

Mutharika back home

President mutharika welcomed by the First Lady

President Mutharika inspects a guard of honour on arrival

Instead, a state-controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) reporter with strong links to the ruling party, Greyson Chapita monopolized and asked all questions to the President soon after he landed at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

Most of the questions were related to his trip in Lusaka, Zambia and one question was about his birthday on Wednesday when he turned 78.

Security detail of the President, under instructions, pushed away the journalists from the private media and ensured that the reporters were away from the microphone.

As he spoke, a two day deadline set by Youth and Society organization for DPP to refund the K145 million was elapsing whilst another five day ultimatum set by Human Rights Defenders Coalition for the President to give back the money to government coffers had just started.

The two civil rights organisations want the DPP and Mutharika to give back the money to the government after an anti-graft busting body report said that the K145 million “gift” which the president received from Pioneer Investment’s business tycoon Zameer Karim were proceeds from a K1.7 billion crime in what has now become ‘policegate’ involving Karim and some top police officers.

Mutharika said an integrated youth approach in all Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries is vital for addressing common challenges that youths face in the region.

“The most important thing was the youth such that I made a key note address and we have agreed that we need to have a program of integration in all the 21 countries in the region,” he said.

Mutharika’s keynote  address focused on digital economy and integrating the youths in financial management and how the two can help in eradicating poverty in the region.

As such, the Malawi President said he has invited all member states in the region from the Ministries of Education as well as Youth to come to Malawi so that a program for the whole region can be drawn.

Mutharika has  since described summit as a success.

The President briefly addressed the women that braved the chilly weather to thank them for turning up in large numbers to welcome him as well as apologise for his failure to leave on Monday which made the women wait for hours to see him off in vain.

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che nnungu
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The Prince of Thieves is back

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

Alot of rubbish are happening in this country. DPP cadets are on govt payroll etc.

Kenn
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Kenn

Abweze basi
Kuwe u a stupit

kman
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If they are thieves you cant defit them but if they are fake pastors yes you can.So many plans to your disadvantage you the holy parties.If they can afford to steal money what a deal with votes! Dont waste your time,DPP is master planner,just wait and see.

Samuel
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Samuel

Happy birthday ADADI. Wakwiya ndi mfiti. Wina akudya salary yosaigwilira ntchito. Stay blessed.

KUWE
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KUWE

These loud-mouthed CSOs and journalists should stop wasting our time with hearsay and fake news.

CitizenX
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CitizenX

Fake news my arse you stupid man kuwe, people like you is the reason malawi is so poor, unfortunately u cant grow a brain overnight.

Manzo
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Manzo

Atumbuka agalu inu zinakukanika kuyendetsa chipani chanu cha aford mpaka munachigulitsa chipani chanu kwa atcheya munapoyila game ili yanu.Dpp was not shaken when Bingu died alomwe Ndi madolo atumbuka Ndi makape.yakula Ndi nsanje

James Wandawanda
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James Wandawanda

Kuwe you are a disgrace to the society.

Omex70
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Omex70

Kuwe, you must go to Zomba Mental hospital before it is too late….

John
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John

WHY DO PRIVATE MEDIA HOUSES GO TO SUCH EVENTS? TEREZA NDANGA, YOU AS NMAISA CHAIRPERSON LET ONLY BE MBC AT SUCH EVENTS, TILL 2019 WHEN THESE THIEVES SHALL BE BOOTED OUT!

CitizenX
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CitizenX

its true from now on you private media houses, just dont waste your time and money following these bunch of fools, and we malawians are no more interested in all their lies. let mbc do the ass licking we really dont care about anything they have to say.

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Huwee

Some issues people start yield nothing. A mere exposure of hate speach and ignorance. Did the ACB conclude their work why are they wondering who leaked the issue. Who is competent to hijack that report before it is finalised.Base your issues on fact stop creating negative perceptions on. hearsy. Akudyerani ndalamatu maloya osaukawa
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