President Peter Mutharika on Sunday began his 50th Independence anniversary speech at Civo Stadium by rapping newspaper columnist George Kasakula.
Writing in his ‘My Diary’ column in Weekend Nation on Saturday, Kasakula argued that with rampant poverty that a majority of Malawians are still wallowing in, 50th independence anniversary is a time of reflection and mourning about this fate and only revolutionary leadership that will use the national resources for the benefit of all is what Malawi requires for the next fifty years.
But the President disagreed with the columnist, arguing that he prefers to see “a half full glass and not a half empty one”, thereby justify why his government blew about K175 million of taxpayers’ money to dine and wine while the majority of Malawians cannot afford basic necessities in life.
In an interview with Nyasa Times on Monday, Kasakula also Editor of the newspaper which is one of titles for Nation Publications Limited, said the President is entitled to his opinion just like “I am entitled to mine.”
“As a citizen and taxpayer, though, what I am interested in is not the argument of half full or half empty glass. What I want from my president is revolutionary leadership to move this country forward through actions and not mere words,” said the columnist.
Mutharika argued that in1964, the country had only around 60 miles of tarmac road but now there is over 2,000 miles of tarmac road across the country.
He also observed that there was no single university in the country at independence and that the education system was not as vibrant as at present with over eleven universities.
Mutharika also hit at his critics on legitimacy over 36 percent vote which he got to win the May 20 elections.
“I was elected as the President of all the people of Malawi regardless of what percentage of the vote I got,” said Mutharika. “Let’s unite to develop the country because we are all one; there are no Tumbukas, no Lhomwes, no Nyachusas and No Yawos or Senas.”