Mutharika pledges to make corrupt-free Malawi: Warns DPP members ‘honeymoon is over’:

President Peter Mutharika began his second five-year term with a tough stance against corruption and pledged to revive the economy, following accusations of corruption and mismanagement.

President Peter Mutharika lifts  the Sword of Command during an inauguration ceremony

Speaking at his inauguration on Friday in Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, Mutharika warned that he would not spare anyone found abusing their positions, in an apparent response to allegations of corruption that marked his first term.

“The honeymoon is over. If you belong to the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party), you have no right to think that you are above the law or to be defiant to your superiors in the name of the party”, he said before thousands of cheering supporters and military parades at Kamuzu stadium.

“We will count it as indiscipline and we will fire you.”

The opposition parties have said Mutharika has nurtured graft, but he denies that. He has said local media reports he benefited from a $4 million contract to supply food to the police force were a ploy to smear him before the elections.

“We want a corrupt-free Malawi where our public resources continue to build roads, community technical colleges and buy drugs for the people,” he added.

Mutharika won the election with a 38.57% share of the vote, with opposition party leader Lazarus Chakwera scoring 35.41% and Deputy President Saulos Chilima claiming 20.24% in the final tally.

President Mutharika said his government would push a law that will ensure that 60 percent of government procurement goes to local companies and also offer tax breaks to the private sector.

He also pledged to offer soft loans to smallholder farmers as well as continue to make the price of fertiliser and seed cheap, signalling a continuation of subsidies that boosted food production during most of his first term.

The president’s inauguration speech has, however, been overshadowed by a declaration by his main rival, Chakwera, that he has rejected results of the May 21 election announced by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Making his own parallel address in Lilongwe, the administrative capital, Chakwera said he is in the process of filing fresh petitions to the High Court asking it to nullify the results.

“I reject MEC’s fraudulent presidential results. This election has laid bare the corruption that has contaminated all our governance institutions,” he said.

Results had been due at the weekend but had to be delayed after a court on Saturday granted the opposition an injunction after the electoral commission received 147 complaints of irregularities, including results sheets with sections blotted out or altered with correction fluid.

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Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

Stinking old toothless cow

Tipex President
Tipex President
1 year ago

The president won through corruption, so how can he vow for a corrupt free society

Chete Nkufuna
Chete Nkufuna
1 year ago

As orrupt as himself who is he cheating? the corruption is hos daily bread.

The Patriot
The Patriot
1 year ago

So the corruption of the past 5 years was “honeymoon?”. Sad.

Favour of Yahweh
1 year ago

Congratulations your excellence the president Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika for being re-elected into the high office of the land. God’s ways are not man. He sees everyone inside out and knows who can handle his people. Man has a different idea , but God who is all knowing has chosen you to lead the nation. Continue focusing on development and making our economy stable and focus on growth of our economy. Be aware that the devil comes with another agenda , uses man to confuse him, like what we are seeing with MCP. But the hand of God that has… Read more »

Mzungu Wakuda
Mzungu Wakuda
1 year ago

Is Blantyre Malawi’s second largest city? I thought it was the only urban place with a semblance of a city? Lilongwe is just a large dusty village while Mzuzu is a small town

Tuvitwana
Tuvitwana
1 year ago

IWE SUNAWINETU! HOW CAN YOU BE PRESIDENT WITH ONLY 38% OF STOLEN VOTE?
YOU WANT TO DIE AS PRESIDENT COZ YOU’LL DIE SHORTLY!

mao
mao
1 year ago

Get rid of idiots around u,u be a fine leader.those who have worked with u always say that u r puppet and weak

Holly Tit
Holly Tit
1 year ago

Nonsense. MUTHARIKA MUST FALL!!!!!!

Chimulirenji
Chimulirenji
1 year ago

Corrupti free? Ndinuyo bwanaaaaaaa? Phwahaaaaaahahahahahhaaaa
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