Mutharika ‘refuses to resign’ as Malawi leader, denies corruption claims

President Peter Mutharika rejects calls for his resignation after a leaked dossier from the country’s anti-graft body accused him of beneffiting from proceeds of fraud.

President Mutharika denies any wrong doing

Anti-Corruption Bureau  (ACB) has been investigating a $3.9 million Malawi police food supply contract awarded to Pioneer Investments, a firm owned by businessman Zameer Karim, who deposited K145 million  into an account belonging to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and of which Mutharika is sole signatory.

The main oppposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) added its voice to that of civil society groups calling on the president to resign, a demand that was quickly rebuffed in a dramatic political standoff.

Presidential  spokesman Mgeme Kalilani  said that the President had done nothing wrong .

“There is no justification for resignation. The record clearly shows that the accusations thrown against him are unfounded,” said Kalilani.

He said Mutharika “has nothing to hide and is calling upon the ACB to thoroughly and professionally investigate the said business transaction”.

Mutharika, who  as an President enjoys immunity from prosecution,  has called the allegations “fake news” designed to smear him ahead of an election next year.

Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who recently announced to have quit the DPP, called for  callan amendment to Section 91(2) of the Constitution which provides a sitting President immunity from prosecution before the dossier came into public domain.

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) national coordinator Boniface Chibwana said it is time the country stripped the presidency of some powers to enhance accountability.

Gift Trapence of the Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) said they expect Mutharika  to “heed” an “call to resign”.

“If he does not resign after 14 days, we will take to the streets,” he said.

Malawians next go to the polls in May 2019 to elect the president, parliament and ward councillors.

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winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Peter Mathanyula,enough is enough,you have gone too far for Malawians to remain victims of the two Muthalikas who aboveall,did not fight for our freedom and that it is you and your crooked brother who have amassed gargantuan wealth of our country.The people of Malawi,have the rights to demand the whereabouts of their resouces.You and your late thief brother have turned the State of Malawi upside-down, they wonder whether your PHds have helped you to develop our country?If your PHds, are the source of your nasty behaviours,then Mr.President,the masses of our land have no other remorse,but coerce you to stand trial… Read more »

Ndatopa
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Ndatopa

Your days are numbered bull dog shit hole of a President! You will go down as the worst President Malawi has ever hard………..May 2019 is coming soon!!!

santana
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santana

Will going to the street make him resign?

LEGO
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I don’t see the credibility of this man APM to still remain on power.He thinks that Malawians are still in the days Zinjathropus.Everyone has woken up now in Malawi to an extend of knowing what is wrong and bad.APM can not cheat us by saying the corruption is just being political.Above all,he does not have an integrity,he is not a principled man either.He behaves as if he is not educated.He is like a street man thus why he can not condemn the violence perpetrated by his DPP and Co.If he is a principled man he will definately resign.

chimanga Chaponda
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Mr President, ethical leadership begins from the top. With your unethical behaviour, Malawi will never change. No one below you will be afraid of looting government funds. If you love Malawi, please resign for the good of all Malawians.

Kadzakumanja
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Kadzakumanja

Taking to the streets is not just enough. Haven’t we learnt that taking to the streets has not paid off? Why do we repeat the same old trick that does not bear fruits? We need to camp in the streets, protest at the high courts and parliament to start impeachment procedures against the president, or they don’t do that, in case the DPP protects him, we need to bar the parliament from ever meeting. We are tired of these self enriching bandits in the name of the president and his gang. Chilima anaona chinachake ndichifukwa chake ananena kuti a Malaw,… Read more »

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

You may be innocent Mr president but doubt has been cast on your integrity. The right thing to do therefore is to appoint a credible Commission of Enquiry chaired by a credible retired judge. Malawi cannot afford a leader whose credibility is questioned by association with criminal elements. Rise to the occasion and do the right thing otherwise Malawians will rise to the occasion and give you the most difficult and stressful year mandate. That won’t be good for your floundering health.

Watematema Mutu
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From this revelation of one man account for the party, it clearly shows that there is a lot happening which Malawians are not aware of. For example if you look closely, there are a lot of personal projects which the first couple is doing whose source of income remain a mistery. Furthermore, how come that the first lady all of a sudden is becoming one of the prominent billionnaires- looking at the massive investments she is doing such as flats, buying houses, upgrading her private school etc. It is my hope that ACB will tell Malawians more.

Letchworth
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Shame on you non governmental organisations.even in USA rich sponsors help parties .check rich Israel business tycoons they do give big hand in republican party.

Section 1000
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Section 1000

they do that openly,the whole public knows they are doing it.On top of that the money does not go into a persons account but parties account which does have more than two signatories .But in this case DPP account has one signatory,the president ,and that begs the question whats the duty of the treasure general in the party?Secondly,donations in the USA are not made after been given contracts by the governement ,No!why did karim deposit the money after a contract was awarded to them?Thats corruption.So go to hell with your dander head reasoning.

scheppeter
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scheppeter

I fully support your line of reasoning SECTION 1000. Please Letchworth or whatever you call yourself, do not ruin our beautiful country. Do not tell us how to run the country. It is very clear APM’s integrity is highly questionable. Companies in Malawi are struggling financially, Pioneer is not even among the ‘counted’ company in Malawi. This is corruption. Peter doesnt have the welfare of Malawi at heart. He has actually said he will go back to UNIVERSITY when he retires from politics. Most likely he will not live in Malawi because he has impoverished the country. He wants to… Read more »

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Nthawi zina Letchworth, it might be good to keep quite lest ignorance displays itself for all to see. Let “adults” on the matter talk.

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
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Cognitive DIssonance Theory

When cashgate get broke out as a news item, JB was defended by people like Mgeme.

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