Mutharika, Chakwera in cheerful handshake to bury ‘prince of thieves’ jabs

Politicians smile at each other in public but have vendetta on each other. This is exacyly what  the public witnessed on Wednesday when President Peter Mutharika and leader of opposition Lazarous Chakwera  behaved as they acted like all “pathological liars” burying the recent jabs as they shook hand and cheerfully smiled into each other.

Chakwera ina line of 16 officials representing societal sectors that had the privilege to receive the National Peace Policy document from President Mutharika

Mutharika was leading the nation in commemorating the International Day of Peace and the launch of the National Peace policy at the Bingu International Convention Center (BICC) in Lilongwe.

When the President and opposition leaders cheerfully greated each other, patrons that included  State Vice President Saulos Chilima greeted   the gesture with joy, ululating and hand clapping.

Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, came up close to Mutharika to receive the national peace policy documents and smiled at each other as they shook hands forgetting the jabs that the opposition leader branded President Mutharka in parliament as a “prince of thieves” and that the President in “incompetent nd insensitive”.

The remarks were struck off in the Hansard – official record publication of proceedings in the National Assembly after Speaker Richard Msowoya ruled the the statements reflected on the Head of State contrary to Standing Orders of the House.

But Mutharika slammed Chakwera at a political podium , suggesting the MCP president was mad and needed psychiatric  attention.

The event was bening commemorated under the theme ‘Together for peace; respect, safety and dignity for all’ the day highlighted the need to embrace diversity a pre-requisite for promoting peace, create space for launching, disseminating and publicizing the National Peace Policy and to showcase Malawi’s rich cultural diversity.

Mutharika said the two events demonstrate that government and the people of Malawi value peace.

He said the rest of the world commemorated the day on 21st September but it was symbolic for Malawi that it must also launch the National Peace Policy on the same day.

“We value peace and that is why Malawi has been at peace for all these years. It is symbolic that we launch the National Peace Policy on this day,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said it was important to celebrate peace because nothing works where there is no peace. He said it was important that everyone cherishes peace as it comes next to life itself.

“No wonder after completing his mission on earth, the immediate gift Jesus Christ left to humanity was peace.

“Peace is the normal condition of human existence. Peace is the environment for human happiness. Peace is the next best gift we can give to one another therefore as human family we all have the responsibility to ensure that everyone around us is at peace,” he said.

He made mention that peace should never be taken for granted as it does not come accidentally.

Mutharika said by unveiling the National Peace Policy, it meant satisfying the aspirations of Malawians who are peace loving people but also conforming to the various conventions, treaties, charters and protocols agreed upon at various regional, continental and global levels.

“Today, we are joining the rest of the world of peace lovers. The world knows that Malawi is an envoy of peace so let us be proud that we are ambassadors of peace and hence launching our policy at a timely moment when Africa is taking serious measures to safeguard peace,” said the first citizen.

He however, warned those that take peace for granted and are fond of provoking one another in the society, in politics and in the media.

Mutharika said: “We should never forget that we are a peace loving people. We should remember that the war in Ruanda started because of a radio station. As we say, it is a small matchstick that ignites a great forest. Let us all take the responsibility of safeguarding peace.”

He then thanked the UN Family for funding the National Peace Architecture processes since 2012 and invited other development partners and the private sector to join.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative, Claire Medina thanked president Mutharika for his leadership in developing the policy which represents an important milestone in sustaining peace and unity in Malawi.

She said many countries have suffered civil war and conflict in the past fifty years but Malawi has not seen large –scale armed conflict on a comparable scale which is something to be proud of.

“Today’s Peace Policy represents Malawi’s choice. A choice to invest in peace rather than respond- too late- to violent conflict. Malawi can celebrate the fact that it is one of the only few countries worldwide that has proactively developed and approved a National Peace Policy.

Medina said this would help to reaffirm Malawi’s place in the world as an envoy of peace as it signals a commitment to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16, which promotes peaceful and inclusive societies.

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Ntumbuka Mwenecho
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Ntumbuka Mwenecho

Maka maka mfarisi wathuyu.

Gogodasi
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The heading of he and the picture do not match. It would have been better to create this heading when Mutharika was actually shaking hands with Chakwera , but the Chakwera in the picture is behind someone who is shaking hands with Muthaika. Bad illustration.

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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Dipipi wa Yudiefu

Very true. Maybe they did not even shake hands at all. How do we know? Silly illustration.

Hatton
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Hatton

I agree with you maunitsi. Amuontsedi Chakwera kuti dziko limuone Illegal Water Connector.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Hatton tries his best searching faults in Chakwera, unfortunately will find none. Ndiye poti nankununkha samadziva, amakana ali iyeyemwe. Peter has Houses from Malawi Housing Corporation which he got it illegally, have you heard us talking much on those things? Are you aware that this Government under this leadership of yours is more corrupt than other past Governments? By the way if you look at the story, it shows the period where Dr Chakwera was not even think of politics. I always ask my self, if this kind of people like Hatton we have to day are the ones in… Read more »

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Paliso nkhani apa? who told you kuti Politics is fighting man to man? koma amwene ku Malawiso ndiye ayitu.

Salatiyere
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Salatiyere

Koma a malawi simudzatheka. I see nothing wrong in them shaking hands and smiling at each other, inu m’mafuna asamayankhulane? Akanati asayakhulane or kupatsana chanza mukadatinso ngakhwinthi, osungira mangawa kuntima which isn’t a good character befitting a leader. Apatsana chanza alakwaso. hmmmmmmmm. NDE MUTI ATANI?????????

Mphwache
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Mphwache

Reminds me of the handshakes between the former President of Rwanda and his opposition leader in Dar es Salaam. The very next day, one of them was dead in an aircraft incident, and Rwanda had erupted into total war between Hutus and Tutsis. Anyway, I like handshakes

Maunits
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Maunits

Nyasatimes your pictures do not reflect your heading here watch out. See you competitor daily times producing ssuper picture that reflect the head line. KKKKKK mantha bwanji muonetse Chakwera anthu amuone chiyembezo chokhacho cha a Malawi.

Awize
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Awize

Plastic smile at its best

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

Mchewa ndimunthu wopusa momwe athumbuka amanenera.Mthumbuka ndimunthu woipa momwe achewa amanenera.Achewa malo mulingwe anagu;litsa kwa Thumbuka kkkk .Athumbuka na awo aakazi amakwatitsa kwaachewa kufuna kuwadulitsira malowolo kkkk.Mlomwe munthu wochenjela kwambili.Muchawa munthu wachabe amatero aLomwe kkkk.Msena mutnhu wakuba kwabasi amatero amang’anja kkkk

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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Dipipi wa Yudiefu

It is the very PEACE which is mistaken for KUPUSA by politicians which has made Malawi lag behind in development. Politicians in this country believe they can do whatever they want in total disregard of the suffering of Malawians because they believe ndiwopusa.

Maunits
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Maunits

KKKKKK Prince of thieves yaa will not change even if you remove it from Hansard. The guy is very incompetent and insensitive.

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