Some Malawians have questioned the motive behind President Peter Mutharika’s gesture to delegate the former leader Bakili Muluzi to represent him at Zambia’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Lusaka next week.
Commenting on a Nyasa Times story in a discussion section, the readers wondered why sending former leader to such an important function when the state Vice President Saulos Chilima is just sitting in office waiting to be delegated by the same President.
“Is this gesture trying to confirm what we are hearing that there is bad blood between Mutharika and his Vice President Chilima,” asked one commentator on Nyasa Times comment section before one posting under the name Nyangwani concurred with him saying, “Where is the State Vice President Saulos Chilima? Is it part of UDF-DPP Pact to sideline Chilima? Muluzi has a corruption case. He should not be sent on government business.”
On a different note, another one posting a comment under the name of Wachitaganya said: “This is a huge Diplomatic gaffe. While it may seem correct on the domestic political scene I do not think it’s something that Lusaka will highly cherish. Bear in mind that Sata and the Mutharikas are miles apart all because of Sata’s deportation when he came to visit Muluzi. So what message is Lusaka getting from this? The President has lost an opportunity to improve relations with this good neighbor of ours. His own attendance or that of Chilima would have been much better.”
On another note, some comments wondered if Muluzi is fit and well after he had been ailing during his court cases.
Muluzi, who was recently appointed Malawi’s Special Commonwealth envoy to Swaziland, met President Mutharika at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where the former head of state briefed the incumbent on the progress of mediation talks on the democratic process taking place in Swaziland.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :