Mutharika chides at own Cabinet members: They are ‘childish, scandalous, crooks and power hungry’

President Peter Mutharika has hit at his own Cabinet ministers which have been branded ‘childish, scandalous, crooks and power hungry’.

Mutharika caused a stir  to DPP top brass when he unveiled Everton Chimulirenji as his runningmate
DPP top brass shocked

Soon after announcing little known  Everton Herbert Chimulirenji as  his runningmate on Friday, Mutharika released a ten point statement justifying  his decision to pick Chimulirenji.

Ironically, Chimulirenji as Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development and Parliamentarian for Ntcheu North East,  is part of his Cabinet he has described as ‘childish, scandalous crooks and power hungry’.

In the statement posted on social media, it said  Mutharika had avoided picking someone  who is immature and childish and also from his tribe or region.

Many DPP followers were expecting Mutharika to pick youthful Local Government Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa who is also Vice President for the DPP for the South but clearly did not fit as he would be seen as “immature, childish and coming from his tribe and region”.

Nankhumwa is a Lhomwe just like Mutharika and comes from Mulanje and the President comes from the neighbouring Thyolo district.

Others who were said to be  likely running mates were DPP vice-president for the Eastern Region and Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka, former Toyota Malawi managing director Rosemary Mkandawire, Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu and former Cabinet minister and Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda.

Mutharika also doubted the loyalty of his Cabinet members to the DPP party.

“APM has avoided someone who is not loyal to the party. APM has avoided someone who does not relate well with people within and outside the party, ” reads the statement in party.

Mutharika has even doubts on the capabilities of his cabinet members in running government business.

“APM has avoided someone who does not have experience in running government,” reads the statement in part.

However,  when unveiling  his runningmate, Mutharika singled out Chimulirenji, from the same club of childish and scandalous cabinet members as a hard worker with experience of running government business.

He also fired a warning shot to Chimulirenji aligning him to be his puppet.

“A Vice President is a delegated office it is not like a Deputy President. There will not be a co-president,”said Mutharika when introducing Chimulirenji as his runningmate to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) at Comesa Hall in Blantyre Friday afternoon.

Political commentator Humphreys Mvula said  that Mutharika’s assertion that a vice-president is always delegated was disappointing because it meant he wanted a subservient person who only waits to be told what to do, when and how.

“We need a strong vice-president who can initiate things and add value to the presidency and not just a praise singer but it appeared the President wants somebody who is meek and cannot critique him or take up the leadership mantle; that is worrisome,” he said in quotes reported by Weekend Nation newspaper.

As Mutharika defended his preferred choice at the podium, some members of his party including senior Cabinet ministers, were conspicuously in grumpy faces.

Mutharika said he had settled for Chimulirenji because of his integrity, educational qualifications, outstanding performance and a team player who would effectively help him run government for the next five years.

“He understands the difference between a vice-president and deputy president and that a vice-president is always delegated and the vice-president will never be a co-president,” said Mutharika.

The President also said the May 21 election will be a watershed in the history of the country as Malawians will either choose between taking the country forward or backwards, between building or destroying everything the DPP had begun.

He said: “But I have faith in the people of this country. When we found this country broken, bruised and economically wounded, we chose to fix and heal our economy.

“When we found this country in a crisis, we chose to regain our national pride and economic confidence to drive forward our country. Now we are set to take Malawi to new heights. We have set the stage for making Malawi a prosperous nation.”

Mutharika said he looked forward to five more years of improving the economy, businesses, quality of life, creating a skilled Malawi, opening new companies, creating more jobs for the youth, industrialising Malawi and empowering farmers, among others.

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winston msowoya
winston msowoya
2 years ago

MATHANYULA,are you really a man of principles and entegrity to treat your Cabinet members as your house-boys typical of Hastings Banda’s character? Where are you coming from scumbag?Let me tell you that this is one of the issues that provoked the famous 1964 Cabinet Crisis which led Banda’s most articulate independence cabinet Ministers Africa had ever had and will never have in our life time.The brilliant Ministers apart from notorious John Tembo who offered his niece C.Kadzamila to the brutal tyrant Hastings Banada.How would these cabinet members swallow untasty pills from this bloody MCHONA?From this episode,Malawians in general must learn… Read more »

Mariana
Mariana
2 years ago

APM, you just dropped a ton of bricks on your Cabinet!

Concerned
Concerned
2 years ago

Ainyoze lero cabinet??? Ubwino wake mukuluza zanu izo. Akut he wants another five years to fix this country sikuzipereka yekha kuti waoononga yekha. Kkkkk funny. UTM buuuuu.

ndele
ndele
2 years ago

za ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii adressing to impress. utsilu u thinku rplaying your south bend tactics
mxiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii tatopa

Chikulirenji
Chikulirenji
2 years ago

A final reshuffle on the card. Atupele out and Roy Kachale in

Nameless
Nameless
2 years ago

Come out u crooks, unroyol without experience to run the government in other ways Mr president, meant you fools, meaning the likes Tembenu, Henry Mussa, Goodle Gondwe, Chimunthu Banda, Jeffrey Wa Jeffrey, Nicholas Dausi, Mwanavekha, kondwan nankhumwe, Ben phiri ndazizake Tiana tokodzera pogona! Kkkk oh….! No.! My Lord. They just wasting their time. Good president was supposed to thank his team for the job well done, everyone is president capable i have to choose thats why i finally choose, Hon: Chimurilenji. Even himself knows he made serious technically error. Now this is high time to understand what people has been… Read more »

ndatopa
ndatopa
2 years ago

bai bai dpp welcome skc

mwamenyadi ya atcheya yamadeya

Moqtada Al Sadar
Moqtada Al Sadar
2 years ago

The top brass sideline SKC telling APM lies about him not knowing that they were just selling their true colours sometimes the Most High punishes us in ways we never expect whether this is a winning team or not they have been sidelined and we will see whether they will campaign overzealously as they were doing before

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
2 years ago

SKC Arafat Hamdani thought vice president = deputy president mpaka kufuna Luna chipani….kkkkkkkkk

Manto
Manto
2 years ago

Nanunso a nyasatimes, nkhani izi tatopa nazo, lembaini zina.

Kachipi
Kachipi
2 years ago

Mr president I have no doubt in you , in fact you have made a good movement by a ppointing Mr chimulirenji , you r in a right track

nyalugwe
nyalugwe
2 years ago
Reply to  Kachipi

H.E. the president made a wise decision not to pick from the Judasis.

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