Mutharika denies audio allegations, faults Kalindo: Tells probe team Chilima is funding people with albinism to ‘distabilise’ govt

President Peter Mutharika on Monday broke his silence on an audio clips that went viral recently which the Head of State is  implicated in the killing of persons with albinism, saying that is work of his detractors.

President Mutharika with Apam trustee Abigail Dzimadzi after being sworn-in
Mutharika speaking to probe team at Kamuzu Palace

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) penned the President in a letter dated February 27  2019 to  to clear his name in the allegations.

The letter seen by Nyasa Times, signed by HRC chairperson Timothy Mtambo , Vice Chairperson Gift Trapence and Central Region Chair for HRDC Billy Mayaya said the audio  were recorded and shared by suspects who were arrested and are currently in Malawi Prisons “and seem to be revealing who is really behind the albino killings.”

The audios mention President Mutharika and his advisor and top Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official Dr Hetherwick Ntaba.

In his speech at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Monday March 11 when a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the spate of attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism (PWAs) was taking an oath to commence their duties, Mutharika denied the allegations and said the State has come to the bottom of the matter.

“We now have witnesses who are testifying that one UTM member, Mr. Bon Kalindo, connived with one prisoner in order to create a recording that formulates an impression that I was involved in the events we are complaining about. This malicious recording was circulated on social media with that malicious intent,” said Mutharika.

President Mutharika citing what he described  “credible sources” said they have informed  that State Vice-president Dr. Soulos Chilima is funding the Association of People with Albinism (Apam) “ in order to engage in anti-government activities.”

Said Mutharika: “ Chilima’s wishful dream is to distabilise my government and hopes to come into power through the backdoor by using people with albinism.”

He said the motive of Apam political masters “who are paying and manipulating” their leader Overstone Khondowe was to provoke government to arrest them so that they could trigger public anti-government demonstrations.

“This plot has obviously failed,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said Apam is now  behaving “very irrationally and suspiciously.”

Said the President: “ Instead of joining government to find solutions for their people, Apam  has chosen to work with the opposition to fight government. Apam is now behaving like a political militant organisation.

“As this country is my witness, I invited Apam  to dialogue and they rudely refused. I proceeded to invite those persons with albinism of better understanding and they came. Next, the same Apam who rudely refused to meet me started demanding that they want to camp a vigil at State House in order to meet me. To our surprise, Mr. Timothy Mtambo and Mr. Charles Kajoloweka  (activists) took over the show only to abandon their people with albinism stranded in the rain, without food, without water, without shelter and without transport.”

Mutharika said he believes in solution-driven leadership.

“We need to be a solution-oriented society – and that is the only way we can move forward as a country. Let us be a nation that distinguishes reacting from responding to a problem. In reacting to a situation, we stop at venting our anger, frustrations and unhappy feelings about a situation. But in responding to a situation, we soberly determine the causes and seek the solution to that situation,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said the problem in Malawi  is that people  insist on finding someone to blame instead of finding the solution to the problem.

“We must stop this myopic and idiotic thinking,” said Mutharika.

The President is therefore calling upon all political leaders to desist forthwith from politicising killings of people with albinism.

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Yaphama
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Yaphama

Maliseche u knw beta than we do womwe akupha anthuwa, Kunyansa ndi mtima womwe pumbwa

my beloved malawi
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my beloved malawi

what about that alubino killer suspect who was killed in the hands of police? how r u going to explain that oldman? was it chilima again?

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

@Make Malawi Great walatsa tchende nyani zoona wakamba apa koma @Patrick Phiri ukunena kuti APM apatsidwe term ina zonse akudzikolerakoleramu ulibe manyazi APM akungoulula zobisika monga za Chasowa, commission of inquiry kuidza zochita, kuwathawa ma Albino & so on zambiri he is goofing bad Mulungu waifulatira DPP.

Gulukunye
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Gulukunye

Aliyense akudziwa kuti ma albino ziwalo zawo zikunyamulidwa mmagalimoto a number plate zolemba kuti Ana a dad. Kungolemba chonchi a police sayimisa galimoto. Imangodusa PA road block. I u simukudabwa kuti Peter akuwasiyilira amagalimoto amenewa.? People with albinism mukaona galimoto yolemba Ana a dad Kaya Ana achepa PA number plate thawani ndithu.

Y FO
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Abwana tangopuman basi

Chifundo
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Chifundo

Just attacking Chilima and not MCP? Why is that? Do you know something on the ground we do not? Chilima is the real force and threat. Do not be fooled. APM knows this

George Malemu
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George Malemu

Ndi suggestion yanji ungawauze a DPP ndi kukumverani asiyeni choncho MCP or UTm will devise a way on how to handle this.

POLICE
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POLICE

Its pathetic that bwana president a Polofesa is openly acknowledging that Chilima is a force to reckon with, as he is distabilising the dpp led govt, that’s a sign of old age pumani mwanayi si mumutha bwana.

Poverty die die
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Ndiye ina yatuluka yoti adpp akuba ana kaya ine mulibemo

phwisa
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phwisa

But has Kalindo been arrested as I know the police has a warrant of arrest on his head . Or its just another JB warrant of arrest style. Our stupid police.